The Poeticon Astronomicon. Being the illustrious astronomer’s exposition of the lore of the World and the Heavenly Sphere, together with the stories of the planets and constellations: now for the first time rendered complete into English, and reprodu
[Allen Press]. Hyginus, Gaius.

Greenbrae, California: The Allen Press, 1985. One of 140 copies. Translated from the Latin by Mark Livingston and D. Neel Smith at the University of California, Berkeley. The first English translation of this influential astronomical text, and, as such, one of the most important Allen Press books fro With forty-eight woodcuts. Large hand-colored initial at the beginning of each book. Printed on Barcham Green all-rag paper. Fine in fine slipcase. With the original prospectus. Full natural linen, with title printed in red on spine, and front cover illustration printed in red. Small folio. 150 pp. (Item ID: 7355)


"Hyginus was a first century A.D. writer of voluminous manuscripts, with the Poeticon as his most famous work. The fifteenth century printed version is a cornerstone Renaissance work as it transmitted the Greek, Roman and medieval images of the constellations which have survived to this day. Of the popular literature which deals with the movement of the stars and planets, this opus ranks among the best known. Also, it has distinctive merit as an early scientific treatise, enlivened by the charming Greek and Roman myths of the constellations" (prospectus).

Allen Press Bibliography, 51.

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