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FIRST EDITION OF KEPLER'S IMPORTANT AND HIGHLY SIGNIFICANT BOOK ON OPTICS. KEPLER, JOHANNES. Ad Vitellionem paralipomena, quibus astronomiae pars optica traditur; potissimùm de artificiosa obseruatione et aestimatione diametrorum deliquiorumque solis & lunae. Cum exemplis insignium eclipsium. Habes hoc libro, lector, inter alia multa noua, tractatum luculentum de modo visionis& humorum oculi vsu, contra opticos & anatomicos, authore Ioanne Keplero,... Francofurti (apud Claudium Marnium & haeredes Joannis Aubrii) 1604.
4:o (c. 200x162 mm.). (16), 1-449, (19, last blank), (2) pp. Woodcut printer's device on title, 1 engraved plate, 1 folding printed table (lacks one table, small tear, some browning), numerous woodcut diagrams in the text.
Contemporary vellum, worn, lower cover dampstained in upper inne corner, defective spine with faded manuscript title. Title mended in lower part with small loss of text (part of printers name and printing year), first 6 leaves after title mended in lower margin or with small tear. Page 231-324 with small hatch in lower outer corner. Last 2 leaves in the Index mended in upper margin. Minor foxing. A few contemporary marginal annotations (p. 114 probaly on refraction).
VD 17 39:121965W.
First edition of Kepler's important and highly influential book in the history of optics. Astronomiae Pars Optica is considered the foundation of modern optics. "The six astronomical chapters include not only a discussion of parallax, astronomical reflection, and his eclipse instruments but also the annual variation in the apparent size of the sun" (DSB VII, p. 298).
Johannes Kepler was a German mathematician, astronomer and astrologer who was a key figure in the 17th-century scientific revolution. He is best known for his laws of planetary motion, presented in his works Astronomia Nova, Harmonices Mundi, and Epitome of Copernican Astronomy. Kepler's work also provided one of the foundations for Newton's theory of universal gravitation.
From a Swedish collection.