Astronomical Treatises of Aratusasterismi (and Miscellenea) of Eratosthenestheon's Scholiaodes of Dionysius
1672. Hardcover. Book, A very scarce, earlyand absolutelyintriguing volume of classical work; compiled at the behest of John Fell, later Bishop of Oxford. 'Fell's Books,' or 'New Years' Presents' (as they were known) exemplified the early aims of the Oxford University Press - they were scholarly and informative, but ascetic and unashamedly highbrow (with commentary in Latin;but with the Classical subject-matter only in Ancient Greek). Despite their famous severity this particular example does contain a lovely engraved frontispiece; by the first University chalcographus, David Loggan - probably an exhibition of this new extravagance!Contained within are several classical works; predominantly astronomical (but also musical) in nature - Aratus's two treatises on astronomy, Eratosthenes's two 'Asterismi,' five shorter works frequently attributed to the latter (on circumference, duplication of the cube, sieves, the source of the River Nile, and on canons and monochords), and the Odes of Dionysius set to music (with an essay by Edmund Chilmead). Collated; two large folding celestial plates missing, otherwise complete. Condition: Externally, bound in old calf. Generally smart, though worn as expected with age. Lovely patina. Slight wear to corners of boards and hinges. Internally, very firmly bound. Hinges tender. Foxing to preliminaries and endpapers as to be expected, but text remains bright and clean. Two blankpages (preliminary and final)removed, though duplicates remain. Overall: VERY GOOD.
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