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      Sale 2343 | Lot 18
      Price Realized: $3,250With Buyer's Premium
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      • Sale 2343 Lot 18

        BASSANTIN [or BASSENDYNE], JAMES. Astronomia, opus absolutissimum. Numerous woodcut diagrams, including 17 full-page (none with volvelles). [4], 262 pages. Folio, 427x290 mm, contemporary vellum boards, covers slightly warped, with lower outer corners damaged, bottom spine compartment off; moderate to heavy foxing throughout, worming in blank margins at beginning and end, light marginal dampstaining at end. Bookplate of the New York Historical Society (Samuel Verplanck Hoffman bequest). [Geneva]: Jean II de Tournes, 1599

        Estimate $1,000 - 2,000

        first edition in latin of the author's 1557 Astronomique Discours, his major work, 'an elaborately illustrated book with movable diagrams which describes the basic elements of astronomy and planetary motion based on the monumental Astronomicum Caesareum of Peter Apian' (ODNB). Bassantin was a Scottish astronomer (d. 1568) who taught for many years in France. Harvard/Mortimer-French 47; Warner, The Sky Explored, page 17 (both citing the original edition); Cartier 704; GLN 4032; Shaaber B315 (this edition).


        Price Realized (with Buyer's Premium) $3,250

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