PADOVANI, Giovanni
De compositione, & usu multiformium Horologiorum Solarium ad omnes totius orbis regiones, ac situs qualibet superficie
Venice, Franciscus Francheschi Sanesa, 1582
4to (203 x 143 mm) 267pp. (paginated with errors), 8 un.l. Contemporary brown calf, spine gilt, red speckled edges (expertly rebacked).
3 500 
BM, Italian, 483 ; Riccardi, I, 233 ; not in Adams.

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Second, enlarged, edition of this thorough text book on the perspectival projection of the planets and the stars by the help of sundials, calculated for any place on earth. It contains here for the first time the third part with astronomical tables and details for the construction of sundials. This last part also contains a very detailed index. Giovanni Padovani (born ca. 1512 – ?), Italian mathematician and astronomer from Verona, published several scientific works of which this book on sundials is the best known. The erroneous pagination jumps from page 5 to page 9 (the collation by quire is perfect).

It is illustrated with numerous woodcuts in the text (sundials, one with added volvelle) and tables of calculations.

USTC locates only 3 institutional copies of this edition in the USA (Chicago University Library, Wisiconsin University Library, and New York Public Library).

Very good copy.