Nicolas Copernic.Dedie a Monsieur De Sartine...
Se Vend a Paris Chez Mr. Fallery Horloger... Et Chez l'Auteur Rue du Four, pres de la Croix Rouge, Chez un Boulanger No.73 [n.d., c.1790].
Very rare engraving, 285 x 220mm. 11¼ x 8¾". Very wide margins a little worn on the outer edges.
Oval bust portrait of Nicolaus Copernicus (1473 – 1543), mathematician and the first astronomer to formulate a comprehensive heliocentric cosmology, which displaced the Earth from the centre of the universe. Prior to the work of Copernicus, the Earth was considered to be the stationary centre of the universe, a notion first advocated by the Egyptian astronomer Ptolemy (c 90-168 AD). Copernicus's pioneering work 'The Revolutions of Celestial Spheres' (1543) describes his idea of a Sun-centred universe, in which the Earth is merely one of the planets revolving around the Sun and rotating on its axis. By Nicolas Dandeleau (b.1749); from the portrait which is part of the collection help in the Museum of Thorn, Poland.
Not in Wellcome.
[Ref: 22975] £230.00