A sampling of images from the History of Science Book Collection. The History of Science collection includes important volumes of physics, mathematics, and astronomy tracing the early history of science. The collection includes four rare astronomy books: Nicolaus Copernicus' masterpiece, De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium (1566), which marks the dawn of modern science; Alessandro Piccolomini's La Sfera del Mondo (1579), considered the first handbook for stargazers; Cornelius Gemma's De Naturae Divinis Characterismis (1575) relating to the nova of 1572 and a comet in 1556; and Johannes Kepler's Tabulae Rudolpinae (1675), the first English text of Kepler's tables based on the laws of planetary motion. Giovanni Riccioli's Almagestum novum astronomiam (1651) was added as Fondren Library's millionth volume in 1979.

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  • Hevelii selenographia, finis 

    Hevelius, Johannes, 1611-1687 (1647)
    Selenographia contains detailed descriptions with illustrations of the surface of the moon. Hevelius included 40 engravings representing the Moon in different phases. The engraved frontispiece by Jeremias Falck depicts ...
  • De le Stelle Fisse Star Map 

    Piccolomini, Alessandro, 1508-1578 (1579)
    Piccolomini produced the first star atlas for the general reader.  This early edition marks an important develop in the form in which celestial knowledge was conveyed. The work introduced the system of stellar nomenclature, ...
  • De le Stelle Fisse, title page 

    Piccolomini, Alessandro, 1508-1578 (1579)
    Piccolomini produced the first star atlas for the general reader.  This early edition marks an important develop in the form in which celestial knowledge was conveyed. The work introduced the system of stellar nomenclature, ...

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