Urania astronomica coelestem, terraqueumque globum decantans, authore Iatro Phyisico Naustifo Valligeno Coenomano de valle Mucanica. Illustriss. ac eccellentiss. d.d. Hyeronimo Duodo Sereniss. Reipublicae Venetiarum patritio d. Venetiis, sumptibus Pontij Bernardoni bibliopolae, sub signo temporis

Autore: BERNARDON, Ponzio (fl. 2nd half of the 17th cent.)

Tipografo: at the expenses of Ponzio Bernardon bookseller, under the sign of time

Dati tipografici: Venezia, 1685

8vo (167x104 mm). [16], 200 pp. Collation: a8 A-M8 N4. Printer's device on title page depicting a man representing time. Woodcut initials, head- and tailpieces. Errata on verso of l. N4v (p. 200). List of books printed by Bernardon on l. a8v. 18th-century paper-backed cardboards, inked title of spine (spine worn). Repaired worm track to the inner margin of the first quire not affecting the text, otherwise a very good, genuine copy.


Extremely rare first edition of this astronomical and astrological poem on the creation of celestial and terrestrial globes, whose authorship is attributed to the bookseller Ponzio Bernardon, who signs the dedication to Girolamo Duodo and apparently disguises himself in the title under the pseudonym of “Naustifus Valligenus Coenomanus”.

The poem opens with a general introduction and is divided into six sections, the first of which is devoted to mathematics, trigonometry and geometry (with a specific chapter on spheric triangles), the remaining five to astronomy. After a short introduction to the subject, the author describes in detail the zodiac signs, then in the fifth part deals with the latitudes of the planets, the solar and lunar eclipsis, the sun, and the satellites of Jupiter and Saturn (quoting Scheiner, Galileo, and Cassini). The final part is concerned with the Copernican system and its confutation. The poem ends with a Conclusio Globi Coelestis preasagio astrologico et biblico insignita.


Italian Union Catalogue, IT\ICCU\VIAE\020220 (only 1 copy in Vicenza).