Modena: Antonio Capponi and the heirs of Pontiroli, 1695.
First editions. Woodcut illustration on title-page, initials, head- and tailpieces, diagrams and inserted plate. xvi, 230 pp., possibly lacking half-title. 8vo. 18th-century speckled calf, green morocco spine label. Near fine Houzeau & Lancaster 10929; Riccardi i, 468. Provenance: Earls of Macclesfield (South Library bookplate, 1860, embossed stamp to title-page and following leaf of first title). Item #304745
Gaetano Fontana was an Italian priest and astronomer who corresponded with Cassini: in fact, Cassini said that Fontana's obervations were the most exact of all that were sent to him. This is his most famous work.
[Bound with:] WARD, Seth. In Ismaelis Bullialdi astronomiae philolaicae fundamenta, inquisitio brevis. Oxford: Leon. Lichfield, 1653. Woodcut initials, head- and tailpieces, woodcut diagrams. , 47, [1 (blank)] pp. Faint dampstain. Published as second part of Wing W820 (De cometis); Madan 2239.
[And:] GOLDMAYR, Andreas. Himmlische harmoni, das ist harmonische ewigwehrende astronomische tafeln des Lauffs der Sonnen und des Monds, von newen calculiret. Nuremberg: Jeremias Dümler, 1639. Elaborate woodcut border on title-page, woodcut initials, head- and tailpieces. 91, [1 (blank)] pp. Title-page cropped, one leaf shaved, some browning. Houzeau & Lancaster 12764.
Sammelband of three astronomy works.
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