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2 MOOLEN, S.v.d.. Astronomia of hemel-loop-kunde 106

Description: First and only editions of 3 Dutch astronomical works, 1 apparently unique


MOOLEN, Symon van de.
Astronomia of hemel-loop-kunde, . . .
Amsterdam, Joannes Loots, 1702. With engraved frontispiece, 13 numbered folding engraved plates and 63 pages of letterpress tables with 5 part-titles.
With:
(2) SLIKKER, Dirk Jacobsen. Klaar bewys over het onmogelyk der Oost en West-vinding, . . .
Amsterdam, Joannes Loots for the author, 1703. With 4 folding engraved plates. Incomplete: 4 text leaves removed.
(3) LUCHTENBURG, Andreas van. Mathematice, astronomice, en theologice aanmerkingen, over d'eeuwige en volmaakte tafels van de sons cirkel, . . .
Delft, Henrik van Kroonevelt, 1699. With a folding letterpress table. 3 works in 1 volume. 4to. Contemporary calf, with the boards recovered in old mottled tanned sheepskin.
€ 8,500
First and only editions of three rare and interesting Dutch mathematical and astronomical works, one known only from the present copy and an 18th century reference.
Ad 1: An astronomical work with information on the orbits of the sun, moon and planets, the positions of the stars and dates of solar and lunar eclipses. It includes new calculations of the orbit of Mercury, based on the work of the famous astronomers Petrus Gassendus and Hevelius making use of data from its 1677 transit of the sun. An appendix gives instructions for constructing various astronomical dials for calculating the positions of the moon and planets and the times and extents of eclipses.
Ad 2: A fascinating work challenging the possibility of calculating longitude at sea, whether using the position of the moon, a pendulum clocks, an hourglass or the magnetic declination. Determination of longitude was one of the greatest problems of the science of navigation and Slikker argues that the problem is insolvable. While not literally true it proved impractical for navigators until John Harrison in England developed an accurate marine chronometer, described in a 1767 publication. Measuring the exact position of the moon proved too difficult for most navigators with simple instruments.
Ad 3: Only copy located of an astronomical and astrological work on the calculation of the orbit of the sun and its position in the twelve constellations: it was known to Arrenberg in 1788 but the 19th-century references may have known his description or the present copy (then in the Royal Library in Berlin). Luchtenburg (active ca. 1684-1706) taught astronomy, geography and navigation in Rotterdam. In the present work he criticizes calculations published in almanacs for the year 1699.
With stamp of the Royal Library in Berlin and the bookplate of the Mexican bibliophile José G. Herrera Alcala. Ad 2 incomplete (pp. 145-152 have been torn out) and the plates in ad 1 and folding table (with a tear repaired) in ad 3 slightly browned. Otherwise a good copy. The binding is worn.
Ad 1: Bierens de Haan 3356; STCN (3 copies); ad 2: Bierens de Haan 4341; STCN (2 copies); WorldCat & KVK (6 copies); ad 3: Vander Aa XI, p. 693; Arrenberg, Naamreg., p. 265; Bibliogr. Adversaria IV, p. 84; Bierens de Haan 2894; WorldCat & KVK (this copy only); not in STCN.
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