17TH C. FIRST EDITION FORMERLY IN THE ERWIN TOMASH LIBRARY ON THE HISTORY OF COMPUTING.
8vo, pagination: pp. , 410, [16 indexes]. Collation: *8 **8 A–2C8 D5 ; text in Latin with some Greek; title vignette, initials; a few light marks. 11.5 x 17.5 cm. A very good, clean copy in contemporary Dutch vellum, remains of paper label to spine, edges sprinkled red; corners bumped, a few marks; 'Antiquar. O.11' inscribed to front pastedown, book label of Erwin Tomash. First edition of this historical work on the calendar by the Dutch philologist and mathematician Philipp Muncker (c. 1652-1682). This volume examines the calendar calculations (intercalation ) of the ancient Egyptians, Hebrews, Greeks and Romans (i.e. Romulus, Numa, Julius Caesar, and Augustus), and by Pope Gregory XIII, before examining intercalary days and months in more detail, including the Roman month of Mercedonius. Muncker cites numerous authors along the way, including Censorinus, Cicero, Giglio Giraldi, Bartholomew Keckermann, Macrobius, Paulus Manutius, Ovid, Plutarch, Joseph Scaliger, and Jacques Auguste de Thou. It also contains sections on the calendar reform from the Julian to the Gregorian system.
PROVENANCE (originally purchased from Hamburger Antiquariat, 1998), ERWIN TOMASH LIBRARY M147; Hoogendoorn p.680; STCN 840052413.