Planetolabium, hoc est Novum Instrumentum Astronomicum hucusque desideratum ; Quo loca et motu planetarium atque stellarum fixarum proprii in longitudinem & latitudinem Zodiaci, eclipses Solis et Lunae… exacte facile ac promptu exhibentur
Amsterdam, Gerard Valck, 1700
4to (204 x 143 mm) 5 un.l., 44 pp., 12 un.l., 1 engraved folding plate. Contemporary mottled calf, spine gilt with raised bands, red speckled edges (expertly rebacked)
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First edition of this rare manual on the use of a recently invented instrument for measuring the distance and distance projection of planets and stars.

It contains 32 exercises given by the author, a professor of mathematics in Kassel (Germany).

This edition was printed by the famous engraver and cartographer Gerard Valck (1652-1726), based in Amsterdam. Together with the German engraver Pieter Schenck, the two skillful dealers acquired a large part of the original copperplates of the society of Johannes Janssonius, also an eminent cartographer of his time.

The engraved plate shows calculations for solar and lunar eclipses.

Of this rare edition OCLC locates only one institutional copy in the United States (Adler Planetarium, Chicago).

A very good copy.