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(CELESTIAL.) Aratus of Soli; and Hyginus, Gaius Julius. Arati Solensis Phaenomena, et Prognostica,Interpretibus M Tullio Cicerone. Ruso Festo Auieno, Germanico Caesare, Una Cum Eius Commentarijs. C. Iulii Hygini Astronomicon. Folding woodblock celestial chart on two sheets joined, 58, , 132, , 155, 56 pages in Greek and Latin. Several works in one volume. 8vo, 8 1/2x6 1/4 inches, early speckled calf rebacked; light foxing, chart with minor browning along fold lines, small paper loss at upper margin; bookplates. Paris: Guillaume Morel, 1559
Sixteenth-century translation of third-century Greek poet Aratus' epic work relating to astronomy, constellations, and celestial movement. Illustrated by a wonderful double-hemispheric folding map of the Northern and Southern skies largely borrowed from Johannes Honter's celestial charts published in 1541. Subtle differences between the earlier spheres include wind-heads added to the spandrels and a letterpress table in Latin and Greek below containing Morel's imprint dated 1559.
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