Before the telescope was invented, 16th-century Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe built his own instruments to measure star and planetary positions with accuracy up to one arcminute. The greatest observational astronomer before the use of the telescope is undoubtedly Tycho Brahe. Justly proud of his methods and the many instruments that he designed and had built, he wrote a book illustrating them in —and printed less than copies on his own printing press. The Other Worlds exhibition includes a copy of the first trade edition that was printed mostly from the woodblocks and plates of the private edition. The book describes his observatory, Uraniborg, on the island of Hven in Denmark and the instruments he used. These instruments measured the altitudes or angular separations between astronomical objects.
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Sale Price realised GBP 37, Astronomiae instauratae mechanica. Nuremberg: Levinus Hulsius, Second edition first trade edition of one of Brahe's most important works, a description of his astronomical instruments and of the observatory at Hven. The edition was printed by Philip de Ohr on Brahe's own press at Heinrich Rantzov's castle at Wandbeck, near Hamburg, in forty copies, which Brahe distributed privately. With the exception of the portrait, which is new, and the engraving of an armillary sphere on C6 verso, replacing a woodcut, the illustrations of this published edition were printed from the blocks and plates of the first edition, sold by the author's heirs to Levinus Hulsius.
There the astronomer constructed the most advanced astronomical observatory of his time, which he christened Uraniborg Heavenly castle ; in he added a second observatory, Stjerneborg, with additional instruments in 5 subterranean rooms and a study with only the vaulted roof and the tops of the walls above ground.
In the southwest room on the ground floor at Uraniborg Inside the quadrant's arc, for ornamental purposes, was painted a life-size portrait of Tycho seated at a table, with arm outstretched as though pointing to a cylinder The two observatories and principal instruments, including the great globe, now preserved in Copenhagen, are illustrated and fully described in the present catalogue, which also contains a short autobiography and a summary of the principal results of Brahe's observations.
Dreyer, Tycho Brahe , pp. Folio x mm. Title with large engraved portrait of the author standing beneath an arch hung with the arms of the families of Brahe and Bille, 6 large engravings five of astronomical instruments, one of the observatory at Hven, Uraniborg , 19 large woodcuts mostly of instruments and one of Uraniborg and one of Stellaborg , and several smaller woodcuts including a map of the island of Hven , decorative woodcut head- and tailpieces and initials a couple of small stains on f.
Irecto lightly soiled, some occasional marginal spots, but a very good copy. Contemporary limp vellum wanting ties, a little stained. Provenance : a few numbers in a near-contemporary hand in brown ink to the front free end-paper, possibly a price — Alexander Guthree, possibly Town Clerk of Edinburgh active s who graduated from Edinburgh University in inscription on title — Trotter family of Mortonhall late 18th-century armorial bookplate; the Trotter family had a remarkable library, formed in the 17th century and sold in The library of the novelist included a translation by a brilliant young mathematician that foresaw the age of computing.
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30. Tycho Brahe, Astronomiae instauratae mechanica (Nuremberg, 1602)
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Tycho had the advantage of being born into one of the most important noble families of Denmark. Raised by his uncle, Tycho managed to avoid the usual custom of becoming a courtier or armed knight, ending up in the service of the King. Instead, Tycho pursued his true interests in the humanities and the sciences, particularly astronomy. Tycho became quite adept at designing scientific instruments and making observations during his early travels in Europe.