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Almagestum seu magnae constructionis mathematicae opus (bound with) Astronomicon Lib. VIII. Per Nicolaum Prucknerum Astrologum nuper ab innumeris mendis vindicati. His acesserunt. . .

I: Roman, gothic and Greek types. Title in red and black, printer's woodcut device on title and ornamental woodcut initials. Woodcut mathematical diagrams in margins. II: Woodcut diagrams and tables, woodcut historiated initials, printer's device on verso of final leaf. Contemporary blind-stamped pigskin-backed wooden boards, authors names written in contemporary ink on the fore-edge; an impressive, beautiful and large copy annotated throughout. First edition of the first translation of the Almagest from the original Greek. Until 1528, the only Latin translation was from the Arabic. George of Trebizon (d. 1485) made the present translation from a Greek manuscript in the Vatican. It was edited by the Renaissance mathematician Luca Gaurico (d. 1558), and dedicated to Pope Nicholas who had commissioned the work. George of Trebizon withdrew the dedication when his commentary was criticized by Bessarion and others. The texts were re-dedicated by his son to Pope Sixtus IV (1471-84), and the dedication manuscripts survive in the Vatican Library. "The Almagest, a masterpiece of clarity and method, was superior to any ancient scientific textbook and with few peers from any period" (DSB). In this astronomical encyclopaedia, Ptolemy gave a catalogue of the visible fixed stars based on Hipparchus' work and perfected a system explaining the movements of the planets. It was consulted by Copernicus, who derived from the Almagest many of his data, geometrical devices, and the material for his star catalogue, as well as descriptions of the latitudes of the inferior planets. The present edition of Ptolemy's Almagest was the most important of his astronomical and mathematical works; it covers every aspect of theoretical mathematical astronomy, and was the entire basis of all astronomy up to the publication of works by Tycho Brahe and Kepler.
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A treatise of dreams & visions. Wherein the causes natures and uses of nocturnal representations, and the communications both of good and evil angels, as also departed souls, to mankinde, are theosophically unfolded: that is, according to the word of God, and the harmony of created beeings. To which is added, A discourse of the causes, natures and cure of phrensie, madness or distraction . By Philotheos Physiologus

Modern bonded leather; title page trimmed or repaired at top. Note in pen at bottom of title indicating the name of the author and dated 1695, engraved label of Samuel Hirst, watchmaker of Leeds, pasted on verso of title, his ownership inscription to title. COMMUNICATING WITH ANGELS - UNDERSTANDING THE SERIOUSNESS OF MENTAL ILLNESS TRYON, Thomas A treatise of dreams & visions. Wherein the causes natures and uses of nocturnal representations, and the communications both of good and evil angels, as also departed souls, to mankinde, are theosophically unfolded. [London: n.p., 1689]. 8vo. Modern bonded leather. First edition. The first of two parts treats the meaning and significance of dreams, initially dealing with the nature of sleep, the causes of dreams, the meanings of certain types of dreams and how people communicate with angels through dreaming. The second part is an appendix "shewing the cause of madness, and several observables relating thereunto." He makes an analogy between dreams and madness, and thereby approaches a description of psychosis. $ 4500.00.
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