Cometo-Scopia oder Himmel-gemäser Bericht, mit müglichstem Fleiß darstellende, beedes die nach der Trigonometria Sphaerica, astronomische Calculation, als auch Astro-Theologische Außdeutung deß mittem im Novembri 1680.sten Jahrs entstandenen, und biß in den Anfang Februarij 1681. erschienenen großen Wunder-Sterns und Cometens. Nächst einem außführlichen Catalogo aller Cometen, so innerhalb 2160. Jahren gesehen worden und allhier nach müglichst erkundigten Umbständen und erfolgten Effectis und Würckungen eingezeichnet seynd
by ZIMMERMANN, Johann Jacob
Two fine folding engraved plates.  leaves; 20 pp., one leaf of "Nota." Two parts in one vol. Small 4to, modern wrappers. Stuttgart: J.G. Zubrodt, [1681 (the date is given in an anagram)]. First edition of this scarce observation of the famous comet of 1680-81; according to WorldCat, we find no copy in North America. Apart from its brightness, this comet is notable as the first to be observed using a telescope (by Gottfried Kirch in Coburg). Other well-known observers included Robert Hooke, Flamsteed, Newton, and John Evelyn. Zimmermann (1642-93), mathematician, astronomer, millenarian, and theologian, studied theology at the University of Tübingen and became a Lutheran minister at Bietigheim in Baden. A follower of Jakob Böhme, Zimmermann's millenarian views caused him to be removed from his ministry. He attracted like-minded dissenters and in 1693 a group of about 40 people, led by Zimmermann, left Hamburg for Pennsylvania. Zimmermann died en route, in Rotterdam. The remainder of the group established a religious community near the Wissahickon Creek. Zimmermann, in his varied life, was a professor of mathematics at Heidelberg. He wrote several notable and influential books on comets and was an active observer of the 1680-81 comet (noted by Kronk, see below, on p. 372). Newton mentioned Zimmerman in the first edition of the Principia as an observer of this comet. The first plate depicts the comet's path. The early chapters deal with the comet's movements through the heavens, and this is followed by a series of careful computations as to its exact positions at different moments in its progress. Fine copy and scarce. ❧ Kronk, Cometography, I, pp. 369-73. Poggendorff, II, col. 1411. (Inventory #: 6353)
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