1540: A SPACE ODYSSEY —COLLECTOR´S EDITION—

Astronomicum Caesarum: the most spectacular book in the world

Facsimile edition limited and numbered to 1.540 copies for the whole world.
120 pages, book format 24 x 32 cms ( 9,5 x 12,6 inches)
Also includes 35 art prints in the same format for collecting or framing.
Now on presale $125 (*)

*After presale $220
Orders after May 18th : 4-5 weeks from receipt of order.
Orders before May 18th : 8-9 weeks from receipt of order.

LIMITED AND NUMBERED FACSIMILE TYPE EDITION OF 1,540 COPIES

It was the year 1540 when Petrus Apianus, a German humanist noted for his impressive work in mathematics, cartography and astronomy, published and dedicated this masterful work to Emperor Charles I of Spain and V of Germany.  His interest in these sciences prompted the sovereign to finance the mysterious manual and then become its patron and grant him titles in order to protect the opinions of an intellectual dangerously advanced for his time. 

The Astronomicum Caesarum is considered one of the masterpieces of 16th century printing. Its lavish illustrations designed on movable discs of hand-colored cardboard and stitched with thread expose nothing less than the evolution of the universe and the laws that govern it.

In it, Apianus offers instructions for the use of the movable discs or volvelles, with which he perfectly imitated the use of the astrolabe and which he used, for example, to calculate the exact date of birth of Charles I and his brother Ferdinand. 

The work is recognized as one of the best astronomical treatises of the 16th century because of the simplicity with which it tries to explain these sciences to the reader, accompanied by luxurious illustrations and diagrams. In addition, he was able to identify the routes of some comets, forecast eclipses and predict the horoscope of royalty. Something so unusual and surprising at the time of the Renaissance that has led him to survive and be appreciated to this day. 

Art and science merge in this book of which 111 copies are preserved around the world. Only 25 of them are in perfect condition or with most of the movable discs or volvelles preserved. In 2020, in an auction in the United States, 260,000 dollars were paid for one of these copies. 

This compendium of ideas on astronomy is presented in a simple form with the sole intention of facilitating the reader’s understanding, but without leaving aside elegance and exquisiteness in form. 

Thirty-five paper engravings with movable discs make up the printing of a manual that has made history for its content and the visual richness that is evident in each of its pages. 

Apianus, with his knowledge and the publication of this work, is undoubtedly part of a scientific revolution that at the time was challenging to God and the Church and that over the centuries has become key to understanding the world and breaking with the thinking based on divine laws.

A book is a treasure. And the Astronomicum Caesarum is a good example of this saying, both for its valuable content and for the exquisiteness of its forms. 

FACSIMILE TYPE EDITION

With this facsimile edition, The Galobart Books, awell-known publisher that is about to sell out its limited edition of another spectacular work 300 years before color, wants to bring this work to all audiences, in a limited edition to the whole world.

This book is a facsimile type edition of the original; a numbered, limited, worldwide edition of 1,540 copies, in homage to the year in which Apiano published the book. 

The interior is printed in offset Munken pure rough 150 grams volume, a paper of a bone tone that imitates and reproduces the papers of the time.

An elegant slipcase with stamping, which includes, in addition to the book, a numbered and stamped certificate of originality and thirty five magnificent art prints reproducing all the illustrations of the interior, also in limited edition on premium Biancoflash 250 grams to be able to frame them or simply collect them.

The book is accompanied by a bilingual addendum with expert commentaries on the period, history, astronomy and books that reveal the secrets of the Astronomicum Caesarum.

Now, we invite you to take a walk by the stars: to cross the celestial vault and look up with Renaissance eyes, to discover the end of a certainly dark period that opens the way to the development of science and the study of the Cosmos, through a work of art based on the thought and research of the greatest thing known so far: the universe. 

THE COLLECTOR’S EDITION

BOOK: 

In 24 x 32 cms. format. ( 9,5 x 12,6 inches) 

120 pages on Munken pure rough paper of 150 grams. 

Cover- Vivella Nero paper. Binding: sewn cardboard with round spine and headbands to match the material of the case.

SLIPCASE:

The original facsimile book is delivered inside a slipcase made of CORVON METAL X TITANIUM binding material.

CERTIFICATE OF ORIGINALITY

The certificate of originality, numbered from 0001 to 1540, printed on premium Biancoflash 250 grams.

COLLECTION OF LIMITED EDITION PRINTS

35 art prints are included: each book contains and reproduces the thirty-five xylographic paper engravings that we wanted to reproduce in each collector’s edition, selected, numbered and limited to 1540 units for each of the engravings, in size 24 x 32 centimeters ( 9,5 x 12,6 inches)  on premium Biancoflash paper of 250 grams. 

MOVABLE DISC O VOLLVELLES:

Five of the original mobile discs of four elements each are reproduced in 32 cms. diameter format the largest sphere. Assembled one on top of the other with a central hole and a string to allow them to rotate in both directions, in Natural White Elation of 320 grams.

SEPARATE STUDY BOOK

Includes a booklet on the manual from its first printing to the present day. A short biography of the author and his relationship with Charles V, thanks to which the work was able to enjoy the notoriety it deserved, as well as expert commentaries that bring us closer to the work and reveal all its secrets.

CONTACT US FOR ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE