Regiomontanus, Johannes (Müller, Johann, of Königsberg): Epitoma in Almagestum Ptolemaei.

Edited by Johannes Baptista Abiosus. With additions by Johannes Lucilius Santritter.

Venice: Johannes Hamman for Kaspar Grossch and Stephan Roemer, 31 Aug. 1496.
Fol. a10 b-n8.6 o6 p8. [108] leaves, the last blank.
Woodcuts, woodcut diagrams, woodcut initials, woodcut printer’s device.
ISTC ir00111000; Goff R111; BMC V 427, XII 30; Bod-inc R-040.

The work was begun by Georgius Peurbachius.

Two copies held by the University of Glasgow.

Copy 1

Shelf-mark: Sp Coll Hunterian R.3.4 (see main library entry for this item)
Note: Without the unsigned sheet inserted in some copies between a1 and a2, containing the letter of Johannes Baptista Abiosus, dated 15 Aug. 1496.
Bound with: The second of three items bound together. Bound with: (1) Euclid, Elementa. Venice: Joannes Tacuinus, 26 March 1510; (3) Ptolemaeus, Almagestum. Venice: Petrus Liechtenstein, 1515.
Provenance: Nicolaus Krager (16th century), possible owner: inscription on title-page of first item in volume “Sum nicolai Krager”.
James Wilson (1690-1771), biographer: lot 3439 in 'A catalogue of the large and valuable libraries, of two learned gentlemen ... Henry Pemberton, M.D. F.R.S. and James Wilson, M.D. ... which will be sold by auction, by S. Baker and G. Leigh ... on Monday, February the 24th ...' [London: 1772].
William Hunter (1718-1783), physician and anatomist: bought by Hunter at the Pemberton and Wilson sale for £0.14.0 according to the annotated BL copy of the sale catalogue - shelfmark S.C.S. 4(3).
University of Glasgow: Hunterian bequest 1807; Hunterian Museum bookplate on front pastedown, with former shelfmark “Ax.1.2”.
Binding: 18th-century panelled calf; red leather title label on spine; marbled endpapers; sprinkled red-edged leaves; watermark letter “B” on front and rear flyleaves. Size: 312 x 220 mm.
Leaf size: 302 x 213 mm.
Annotations: Very occasional 16th-century marginal annotations, mainly extracting keywords; on the first rear flyleaf are 29 lines written in a 16th-century hand containing two propositions: “V[trum] scientia speculatiua sit bona” and “V[trum] Terra sit centru[m] mundi”; 18th-century price in pencil “10s 6d” scored through and replaced with “- 5 -” on first front flyleaf; letter “e” in ink on first front flyleaf and list of the three titles contained in the volume, written in an 18th-century hand.
Decoration: None.
Imperfections: None.

Manuscript annotation in Regiomontanus, Johannes (Müller, Johann, of Königsberg): Epitoma in Almagestum Ptolemaei

 

Copy 2

Shelf-mark: Sp Coll Hunterian By.2.21 (see main library entry for this item)
Note: Without the unsigned sheet inserted in some copies between a1 and a2, containing the letter of Johannes Baptista Abiosus, dated 15 Aug. 1496.
Provenance: Anthony Askew (1722-1774), physician and classical scholar: 18th-century pastedown with the annotation “Dr Askew Lether Back” mounted on new rear pastedown; Askew sale, 13 Feb. 1775 onwards; lot 2834 in 'Bibliotheca Askeviana ...' (London: Baker & Leigh, 1775).
William Hunter (1718-1783), physician and anatomist: purchased by Hunter at the Askew sale for £0.7.0 according to the partially annotated copy of the Askew sale catalogue in University of Glasgow Library (shelfmark Mu36-c.8).
University of Glasgow: Hunterian bequest 1807; Hunterian Museum bookplate and book label remounted on new front pastedown, with former shelfmark “N.2.3”.
Binding: England, 20th century.   Rebound by Douglas Cockerell and Son, Feb. 1962, in quarter brown morocco, marbled paper sides, new endpapers;  replacing an 18th-century brown sheep quarter binding with marbled paper sides;  original red leather title label mounted on rear pastedown;  typescript binder’s note tipped onto rear pastedown.   Size:  318 x 220 mm.
Leaf size: 311 x 213 mm.
Annotations: Heavily deleted and illegible early ownership(?) inscription on a1r.
Decoration: None. 
Imperfections: None.

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