Buy this portable sun-dial, which was inspired by an origial from Tycho de Brahe, one of the most famous 16th century astronomers.
Original edition: Astronomiae Instauratae Mechanica. Wandsbek 1598.
Have you ever heard the name Tycho Brahe? You might be surprised if I tell you a few secrets about this famous astronomer of Emperor Rudolf II. What if I tell you he had a silver nose that was later discovered to be made of brass or that he possible died of a bladder explosion since he was so polite that he did not want to leave the room before the emperor did. Well manners can be costly sometimes. He was not only an interesting man with a rather fascinating journey of life but he was a great astronomer who wrote countless books and papers on his studies. Brahe first worked in Denmark supported by the danish king and had an amazing complex of buildings as an observatory he called Uraniborg, which means entrance to the sky. Here he conducted studies and solved a lot of the mysteries of our universe. Later he was invited by Rudolf II to Prague with Johannes Kepler as his assistant and continued his work there. This book is formed by whole-page figures of instruments constructed by him and corresponding description of some generally used principles of instrument construction as well as an overall description of the observatory buildings he worked in in Denmark. This beautiful edition makes a perfect present for any astronomer or collector.