BRAHÉ (Tycho)

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BRAHÉ (Tycho)
Specimen recognitionis nuper editarum Observationum astronomicarum Nobilissimi Viri Tychonis Brahe. Copenhagen, Typis Henrici Gödiani, s.d. [1668]. In-4, half brown calf, spine decorated (Modern binding in the old taste).
Lalande, p. 270.
First edition.
It was published at the expense of King Frederick III of Denmark, according to a manuscript of Tycho Brahe acquired by him from Kepler: the edition was entrusted to Erasmus Bartholin (1625-1698), a Danish mathematician and astronomer, who was assisted by Olaus Romer (1644-1710), a young astronomer who would discover a few years later the speed of propagation of light (1676).
For thirty years, the famous Tycho Brahe collected valuable astronomical observations, especially in his palace and observatory in Uraniburg, which were published in 1666 by Albert Curtius under the title Historia Coelestis. This edition was severely criticized by Bartholin, who regretted the poor quality of its printing, and especially because he judged that Curtius had used faulty copies and not the authentic manuscripts of the great astronomer (cf. Montucla, Histoire des mathématiques).
Skilful restorations to several leaves including the title.
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