2 STENGEL, Johann P.. Gnomonica universalis / sun dials 106


Description: STENGEL, Johann Peterson.
Gnomonica universalis, sive praxis amplissima geometricè describendi horologia solaria, stabilia quidem juxta omnes species, in quâcunque superficie planâ intra sphaeram rectam & obliquam, tum reflexa, et portatilia, in figuris 233 [= 232].
Ulm, Matthäus Wagner, 1679. 4 parts in 3 volumes. Small 8vo (16 x 9.5 cm). With engraved frontispiece and 105 engraved plates, showing 232 sundials and related mathematical and astronomical figures. 19th-century boards covered with marbled paper, in matching marbled box.
€ 2,250
First edition of the Latin translation of Stengel's extensively illustrated Gnomonica universalis, originally published in German in 1675. It gives a detailed introduction to sundials, the measurement of time and other astronomical data, and is divided into four parts, treating the regular and vertical declining dials, reclining dials, horizontal dials, and portable dials respectively. The work proved very popular going through six editions in the original German and six in the present Latin translation.
Some occasional slight browning, minor stain on first half-title, one tiny restoration in the margin, and one plate detached. Binding slightly rubbed. Very good copy, complete with all plates.
De la Lande, p. 293; Houzeau & Lancaster 11525; VD 17, 23241626V (2 copies, incl. 1 incomplete); Zinner, Astron. Instrumente, p. 541.
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