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Bod-Inc: R-040

Regiomontanus, Johannes

Epytoma in Almagestum Ptolemaei.


Analysis of Content

a1r [Title-page.]

a2r Regiomontanus, Johannes: [Letter addressed to] Cardinal [Johannes] Bessarion. Incipit: ‘[A]dmiranti mihi sepenumero vel potius grauiter et inique ferenti . . .’ Stating that this work was begun by Georgius Purbachius, his teacher; see A. Rigo, ‘Bessarione, Giovanni Regiomontano e i loro studi su Tolomeo a Venezia e Roma (1462-1464)', Studi Veneziani, NS 21 (1991), 49-110, at 62ss.

a3r [Santritter(?)], Jo[hannes] Lu[cilius]: [Verse addressed to] the reader. Incipit: ‘Regius hic Mons est sedes veneranda Johannis | Quem legis auctoris lector amice libri'; 5 elegiac distichs.

a4r Regiomontanus, Johannes: Epytoma in Almagestum Ptolemaei. ‘Liber primus uniuersalis ambitus totius terre ad totum celum considerationes que necessario presupponende erant premittit. Theoremata quoque que ad sphericas demonstrationes premittuntur enarrat. Chordarum atque arcuum tradit doctrinam. Ascensiones demum recte sphere inuestigat. Prefatio'. Incipit: ‘[R]ecte profecto meo iudicio nobiliores philosophi scire distinxerunt inter Theoricam philosophie et Practicam partem. Nam etsi ipsi practice accidat . . .’ See Zinner 79-86.


Imprint: Venice: Johannes Hamman, 31 Aug. 1496. Folio.


Collation: a10 b–n8.6 o6 p8.

Illustrations: Woodcuts and diagrams.


ISTC: ir00111000

Hain: HC *13806;

Goff: Goff R‑111;

BMC: BMC V 427, XII 30

Proctor: Pr 5197;

Others: BSB‑Ink R‑67; CIBN R‑60; Essling 895; Hillard 1724; Oates 2048; Rhodes 1506; Sack, Freiburg, 2118, 2119; Sander 6399; Sheppard 4154. Facsimile: Joannis Regiomontani Opera Collectanea, ed. F. Schmeidler, Milliaria X,2 (Osnabrück, 1972), 55-274. Microfiche: Unit 3: Image of the World: Geography and Cosmology, GC 113.

LCN: 14064436


Copy number: R-040(1)

Bound with F‑085; see there for details of binding and provenance.

Size of leaf: 295 × 193 mm.

Without the unsigned sheet inserted in some copies between a1 and a2, containing the letter of Johannes Baptista Abiosus, dated 15 Aug 1496.

Provenance: Possibly the copy mentioned in the Benefactors' Register I 15, given in 1600 by William Gent (fl. 1562-1611); see James, Catalogus, (1605), 356 (P 6.4 Art, as suggested by ‘4' on fore-edge in black ink); Jensen, ‘Benefactors' Register', no. 37.

SHELFMARK: Auct. 2Q 2.17(1).

Copy number: R-040(2)

Without the unsigned sheet containing the letter of Johannes Baptista Abiosus.

Binding: Nineteenth/twentieth-century(?) gold-tooled brown morocco, by Leighton.

Size: 323 × 225 × 25 mm.

Size of leaf: 316 × 208 mm.

Marginal notes, extracting key words and summarizing the text, in a humanist hand in red/purple ink and occasionally in brown ink, only up to book 3.

Provenance: George Dunn (1865-1912); book-label, bought by him in Dec. 1896. Purchased at his sale, Feb 1914, lot 1531, for £17. 10. 0 by Ingram Bywater (1840-1914); Elenchus, no. 3847. Bequeathed in 1914.

SHELFMARK: Byw. G 6.15.

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