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A talk with Edward Cheese, Conservator of Manuscripts and Printed Books, and Dr Sara Öberg Strådal, Research Associate.

Apianus’s Astronomicum Caesarium of 1540 is one of the high points of sixteenth-century printing. A visualisation of the universe according to Ptolomeic astronomy, it provides readers with paper calculating machines to work out the positions of the planets. It was a highly complex and expensive book to produce, but was outdated in just three years with Copernicus’s suggestion that the planets revolve around the sun, rather than the earth. A recent conservation and rebinding project on the Fitzwilliam’s deluxe copy of this work gives fresh insights into its production.

Admission is by token, one per person, available at the Courtyard Entrance desk on a first-come first-served basis 30 minutes before the talk. Assisted hearing sets are available.

 

Image: The Astronomicum Caesarium, 1540, f15r (detail)

 

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