Facsimile edition made in 2006 of the original manuscript kept in the Kupferstichkabinett. Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, signature Ms. 78D12, Tables of the Constellations or Alfonsí Tables, by Alfonso X the Wise, King of Castile (Toledo, 1221-Seville, 1284).
The Eighth Sphere is the first book of the Knowledge of Astronomy of Alfonso X the Wise, commonly called Alfonsi Tables, it constitutes the birth certificate of European astronomy and astrology. It was widely distributed throughout Europe from the fourteenth century, with numerous copies being printed at the end of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Among these late copies is Ms. 11977 from the National Library of Spain made in the 16th century.
The Berlin Codex is the oldest and most beautiful of all surviving copies. It contains 50 full-page miniatures illuminated in Italy with gold leaf, in addition to the gold and silver applied by brush on the stars that make up the constellations. Its Mudejar binding in leather on wood is engraved with fire and gold.
Catalog of stars, constellation by constellation, based on the astronomy of Ptolemy according to the writing of King Alfonso of Castile. The 48 constellations of the Eighth Sphere – fixed stars – are organized into three sections: northern, zodiacal and southern constellations. The stars and planets that constitute it are listed for each of them, their position, name and size are indicated.
The investigation has turned into an original Alfonsí work what was considered, according to its prologue, a translation. It is the first European manuscript that cites the Andromeda nebula, unknown to Ptolemy.
Alfonso X appears before history as the sponsor of the first European research program in applied astronomy. The analysis of the whole of his work makes sense only if it is considered that the monarch is interested in this science due to its practical applications (astrology and talismanic magic) and does not pretend to cultivate it as a pure science.
Facsimile edition limited to 999 numbered and authenticated copies with notarial act. Bound in stamped and gilded leather, format 25 x 40 cm. 96 pages including 50 beautiful miniatures illuminated with gold and silver leaf.
The facsimile of the original manuscript is presented in a box-case lined in fine red velvet with 2 metal clasps and the title and shield stamped in gold. Format 32 x 45.5 x 5.5 cm.
Accompanying the facsimile is a large complementary study book in Spanish, English and German, bound in hardcover with illustrated dust jacket, format 24.5 x 34.2 x 5.5 cm. 692 pages. ISBN 9788495061225. Codicological and historical-artistic study by Ana Domínguez Rodríguez (1941-), Pilar Treviño Gajardo, and José Martínez Gázquez (1943-).
Complete copy and in perfect condition.
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