Albumasar de Magnis Coniunctionibus Spread 0

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Albumasar de magnis coniunctionibus: annorum revolutionibus: ac eorum profectionibus: octo continens tractatus by Ja'Far ibn Muhammed. "On Great Conjunctions" is a 1489 copy of a work on Arab astrology written by Ja'Far ibn Muhammad Abu Ma'shar al-Balkhi, also known as al-Falaki or Albumasar, who was a south Asian Afghan mathematician, astronomer, astrologer and Islamic philosopher (787 - 886AD).

Abu Ma'shar has been credited as the first astronomer to define astrological ages - the Age of Pisces, the Age of Aquarius, etcetera, on the basis of the precession of the equinoxes through the zodiac.

His works were translated into Latin from the original Arabic and were well known amongst European astrologers, astronomers and mathematicians during the European Middle Ages.

This copy of Albumasar de magnis coniunctionibus, complete with woodcut illustrations within the text, is printed by Erhard Ratdolt of Augsburg and is bound in nineteenth century calf. There is an armorial bookplate on the inside cover lettered "John Deakin Heaton, M.D." (1817-1880) founder of the Yorkshire College, now the University of Leeds.

Collection: Thomlinson
Number: 4910