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APIANUS, PETRUS. Astronomicum Caesareum. Complete color facsimile with accompanying volume of explanatory text in German and English. Together, 2 volumes. Folio, 447x305 mm, original gilt-lettered pigskin, and 4to, 296x210 mm, original cloth-backed boards; contents clean, volvelles loose on K3r in facsimile; publisher's board folding case, slightly worn along edges. Leipzig, 1967
number 181 of 200 colored copies, from an edition of 750.superb facsimile of the 1540 original edition of Apianus's most famous work, an elaborate treatise on Ptolemaic astronomy, complete with 20 working volvelles. "A spectacular achievement of Renaissance printing, this volume allowed its user to reproduce the motions of all the heavenly bodies through combinations of elaborately decorated rotating paper disks up to six layers deep and arranged on nonconcentric axes"--BEA, page 51-52. Ortroy 112 (original edition).