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CE91 .R44X 1499 Kalendarium magistri Joannis de Monteregio viri peritissimi.
"Regiomontanus, Joannes, 1436-1476."

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Regiomontanus, Joannes, 1436-1476. Kalendarium magistri Joannis de Monteregio viri peritissimi.

August[a]e Vindelicor[um] [Augsburg] : Erhardi Ratdolt, 21 Mar. 1499. Thirty woodcut diagrams of phases of the moon for 1499-1530 printed in red and black, calendar to 1513, solar movements to 1554;

four full page wood cuts of astronomical instruments, three with wood cut movable parts, the last one with original brass pointers. Bound in old vellum

It was the best chronological table published in the 15th century. Columbus had a copy of another Regiomontanus title, a 1498 Ephemerides sive Almanach Perpetuum on his fourth voyage in 1504. Columbus used the tables to predict a lunar eclipse to subdue the hostile natives of Jamaica.

Regiomontanus, (Johann Muller) was a well-known German astronomer who made instruments for the first European observatory. The 1476 Kalendarium, printed by Ratdolt in Venice, and his partners was the first book to have a complete title page. Ratdolt returned to his native Augsburg in 1486 and at the invitation of Freidrich von Hohenzollern, Bishop of Augsburg, he set up his press there.



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