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An Impressive Set of the Works of Gassendi

Pierre GASSENDI  (1592-1655). Opera omnia: in sex tomos divisa, edited by Henri-Louis Habert de Montmor [ca. 1600-1670]. Lyon: Laurent Anisson and Jean Baptiste Devenet, 1658.     $20,000 6 volumes bound in 3 heavy folio volumes, 36 cm. Volume One: Books 1... Continue Reading →

Sacro bosco

  315 JOHANNES de SACRO BOSCO. (c. 1195 - c. 1256) (also called John or Johannes Halifax, Holyfax, Holywalde, Sacroboscus, Sacrobuschus, de Sacro Bosco, or de Sacro Busto) And Georgius de Monteferrato Figura sphere cu[m] glosis Georgii de Mo[n]teferrato artiu[m]... Continue Reading →

Lucretius: On the Nature of Things!

Lucretius, has always made me feel hopeful and some how more connected to the universe and less to the subjective problems we perceive. “Happy is he who has discovered the causes of things and has cast beneath his feet all fears, unavoidable fate, and the din of the devouring Underworld.”  VIRGIL “In De Rerum Natura, Lucretius […]

Sacrobosco’s “Sphere”,1482

898G   Sacrobosco, Johannes de (ca. 1195 – ca. 1256 A.D.); Regiomontanus, Johannes (1436-1476); Peurbach, Georg von (1423-1461) Sphaera mundi [with] Johannes Regiomontanus: Disputationes contra Cremonensia deliramenta [and] Georg von Peurbach: Theoricae novae planetarum. Venice: Erhard Ratdolt, 6 July 1482... Continue Reading →

Novae motuum coelestium ephemerides Brandenburgicae

369G Origanus, David. (1528-1628) Novae motuum coelestium ephemerides Brandenburgicae, annorum LX :incipientes ab anno 1595, & desinentes in annum 1655, calculo duplici luminarium, Tychonico & Copernicaeo, reliquorum planetarum posteriore elaboratae, & variis diversarum nationum calendarijs accomodatae : cum introductione hac... Continue Reading →

Lucretius: On the Nature of Things!

Lucretius, has always made me feel hopeful and some how more connected to the universe and less to the subjective problems we perceive. "Happy is he who has discovered the causes of things and has cast beneath his feet all... Continue Reading →

The First Printed Illustrations of the Constellations!

If  ideas were easy, everyone would have them.   The "Poetic astronomy by the most renowned Hyginus, a most useful work,"  Is such an idea that everyone can have, there is nothing so available to everyone as the sky.   In a... Continue Reading →

Jesuit Astronomy…calling Descartes “Enthusiast”

It seems that in the seventeenth century the Jesuits are on the point of trying to negotiate the academic and scientific changes in the world outside of the Catholic Church and Church tradition. The Ratio Studiorum,which was a document to... Continue Reading →

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