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Tychonis Brahe Astronomiae instauratae mechanica

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Arch. Bodl. D. 32

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Tychonis Brahe Astronomiae instauratae mechanica, including:

  1. Fol. 3v. A dedication of the following printed work to Marino Grimani, doge of Venice, signed 'Tycho Brahe manu propria': a similar epilogue is on fol. 48v.
  2. Fol. 4. 'Tychonis Brahe Astronomiæ instauratæ Mechanica. Wandesburgi, anno CIC . IC . IIC.' = 1598, a printed work, here coloured by hand in the margins, illustrations, capitals, etc. On fol. 4v is sir Henry Wotton's autograph record of the donation of the volume to the University Library, Aug. 13, 1633. Convocation returned him thanks for this volume and for no. 3495 on Sept. 1, 1633.
  3. Fol. 49. 'Tychonis Brahe Stellarum octavi orbis inerrantium accurata restitutio. Wandesburgi. Anno CIC . IC . IIC.', a set of astronomical tables for fixed Stars, with a preface to Rudolph II, emperor of Austria.
  4. At fol. 76 is an inserted paper bearing an autograph (?) declaration of Nicolaus Kratzer that he erected a sun-dial in the churchyard of St. Mary the Virgin at Oxford, 1520.


  • Creation: Chiefly written A.D. 1598 by Tycho Brahe


78 Leaves

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  • Latin

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Arch. Bodl. D. 32

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 18147


Tychonis Brahe Astronomiae instauratae mechanica

Biographical / Historical

Tycho Brahe (1546-1601) was a Danish nobleman, astronomer, and writer.

Other Finding Aids

Falconer Madan, et al., A summary catalogue of western manuscripts in the Bodleian Library at Oxford which have not hitherto been catalogued in the Quarto series (7 vols. in 8 [vol. II in 2 parts], Oxford, 1895-1953; reprinted, with corrections in vols. I and VII, Munich, 1980), vol. II, no. 2783s

Custodial History

Manuscript 1370 acquired by the Bodleian Library

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented by sir H. Wotton on Aug. 13, 1633, see art. 2 above.

Physical Facet

On paper, binding, green satin with gold ornament and gilt edges, Italian work of about 1598, by 'Μ. H.' (?), worn


13 5/8 × 10 in.

Tychonis Brahe Astronomiae instauratae mechanica
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