publication of De revolutionibus orbium coelestium (On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres) Most of De revolutionibus requires a great deal of the modem reader, since sixteenth the boundary circles (for that is the translation of the. De revolutionibus orbium coelestium is the seminal work on the heliocentric .. English translations of De revolutionibus have included: On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres, translated with an introduction. The English Translation of De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium. Authors: Brasch, Frederick E. Publication: Science, Volume 64, Issue , pp.

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This edition was divided into six ‘books’ and the text, in typographical terms, was very carefully prepared. According to Owen Gingerich, coeleztium Nuremberg edition ran to copies, and from the beginning gained popularity in specialist circles. It must have been read by many as testified by both the number of surviving copies of the first edition and the copious marginal notes made by their readers.

It seems that Copernicus’ theory stirred up interest among mathematicians, astronomers and theologians, including scholars outside formal educational institutions. Coelesrium is no wonder that two other editions soon appeared in the important European centres of Basel and Amsterdam The first, published in the famous printing shop owned by Henricus Petrus, was an exact copy of the Nuremberg edition in terms of format, typography, font and dd used.

Moreover, the Basel edition bore the same title, although the title page, featuring an ornamental, almost baroque, woodcut, was much more extravagant than that of the modest Nuremberg one.

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The publisher, however, not only did nothing to remove the existing numerous mistakes but even added some more which has dr the Basel edition the least accurate reprint of Copernicus’ work. More positively, the text of Rheticus’s Narratio prima was appended preceded by an introductory letter, written by Achilles Gasser, in which the mathematician recommends Narratio prima to his friend, the philosopher and physician Georg Vogelin from Konstanz.

The Basel edition ran to between five and six hundred copies of which Owen Gingerich has managed to track down over and which judging by the marginalia were carefully studied by their owners.

The third edition of De revolutionibusprepared by Nicolaus Muliers, a professor of medicine and mathematics at the University of Groningen, was published in in the printing shop owned by Wilhelm Jansonius-Blaeu who was, it should be noted, a student of Tycho Brahe.

It bears a changed title: Nicolai Copernici Torinensis Astronomia instaurata libri sex comprehensa, qui de Revolutionibus orbium coelestium inscribuntur and differs from the previous two editions.

On the reverse of the title page the printer informs the reader that the numerous mistakes appearing in the former editions are the reason why this new, reliable and complete version has been published. Muliers also added a dedicatory note addressed to the rectors and curators of the new Academy of Groningen, founded inin which he extols Copernicus and astronomy. On the publisher’s initiative a short biography of Copernicus appeared and praise of his contribution to the advancement of European science.


Muliers also eradicated many mistakes that had appeared in the previous editions, at the same time inserting many extensive commentaries meant to make it more approachable to the reader.

The date of the third edition coincided with the publication of works by Johannes Kepler and Galileo Galilei who provided the reasoning behind the Copernican heliocentric model with planets revolving around the sun. Their results alarmed the Roman Catholic Church so much that De revolutionibus was placed in the Index of Prohibited Books, which in practice meant a ban on reading and spreading the position of Copernicus as opposed to the position based on holy scripture in the entire Catholic world.

Lutheran theologians used similar arguments and as a consequence the popularity of the Copernican theory suffered although his work was still read by specialists. A long time passed trwnslation the publication of the first edition of De revolutionibus until the heliocentric theory gradually penetrated popular consciousness. Its removal from the Index of Revoluionibus Books inallowing the publication of works professing the heliocentric doctrine, was a milestone on the road to the final acceptance of the theory by the Catholic world.

The news in that the autograph manuscript of De revolutionibus had been kept in the Nostitz family library in Prague initiated renewed interest by Copernican scholars in Poland. Joachimi Rhetici Narratio prima, cum Copernici nonnullis scriptis minoribus nunc primum collectis, eiusque vita.

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Apart from the text of De Revolutionibusthe Warsaw edition included other works written by Copernicus: De lateribus et angulis triangulorum On the Sides and Angles of TrianglesDissertatio de optima monetae cudendae ratione Dissertation on the Optimal Minting of Cointhe Letters of Theophylact Simocatta, and also the poem Septem sidera Seven Starswrongly in fact attributed to him.

Moreover, the edition included some correspondence and two treatises written by Rheticus: Narratio prima and Ephemerides novae on the daily position of stars in The most important part of the Warsaw edition was Copernicus’ original foreword printed for the first time pp. The Warsaw edition was very carefully designed; it had all kinds of illustrations, for instance prints of his portrait, and some then unknown further original manuscripts.

This edition was highly appreciated by specialist readers both because it showed differences between the manuscript, the first printing and later editions, and because it was carefully designed typographically. World War II made it impossible to prepare for a grand anniversary celebration of Copernicus’ death in This occasion was only marked by a holograph reprint of the first Nuremburg edition of De revolutionibus in Amsterdam, while in Germany the Copernicus-Kommission set up by the brothers Franz and Karl Zeller in initiated work on a collected nine-volume edition of all Copernican material the so-called Gesamtausgabe ; only two volumes were published however.

The first volume, featuring a collotype copy of Copernicus’ autograph manuscript, appeared in in Munich, coelesyium the second, De revolutionibus orbium coelestium libri sexcame five years later in This sixth edition showed no differences from the previous as far as approach to the text and commentaries on it are concerned.

Transpation a bilingual Latin-German version appeared in East Berlin the GDR and in its preparation, the editing team included Aleksander Birkenmajerthe head of the newly-created in Copernican Research Center in Poland, who had also been an initiator of the first Latin-Polish edition of De revolutionibus in Warsaw in Whole or partial reprographic reprints of Copernicus’ manuscript appeared in many countries, for example, the first Nuremberg edition was reprinted in Paris in and the translation of Book One into French in a new edition of a Latin-French version was issued In Britain only partial translations were published, whereas the USA saw a complete version of De revolutionibus translated by Charles Gleen Wallis in Copernicus’ work was not translated until much later into Russian and Spanish in in Mexicowhereas a reprint of the Basel edition of De revolutionibus appeared in Prague as late as The th anniversary df the great astronomer’s birth in mobilised academic circles all over the world.


Its main objective was to initiate and coordinate international research and publisher’s projects. At first, the committee planned to publish three volumes: However, by the jubilee celebration only one had been published in It was not until that the most important work De revolutionibus Complete Worksvol.


Rranslation Russian version is published in three volumes: The full version of the Complete Works appeared first in the UK however: Its englisn owe this success to Edward Rosen d. To honour the great astronomer’s memory, publishers in other countries have released reprints of Copernicus’ work, for instance in Hungary and Italy Scholars in the Federal Republic of Germany worked independently on their own publication of Copernicus’ collected works.

A publishing team called Deutsche Copernicus Forschungsstelle came into being in Munich in and continued the Zeller brothers’ publishing project conceived in the s. The first three volumes were to be devoted to De revolutionibusand another three to Copernicus’ minor works and all accessible information on the astronomer’s life and work.

The third and last part was a bibliography including all Copernicus manuscripts and works on him in chronological order Bibliographia Copernicanavol. VII ; Georg Joachim Rheticus’ writings and other thematic texts related to the reception of the heliocentric theory Receptio Copernicanavol.

VIII ; Copernicus biographies from the 16th and 17th c. IX ; and, finally, supplements, appendices and indexes Supplementa Copernicanavol. Notwithstanding the intentions, only the first volume published by Gesamtausgabe in and presenting a facsimile of the De revolutionibus autograph manuscript resulted from the German-Polish collaboration so sonorously declared.

The second includes a critical edition of De revolutionibus prepared by Heribert Maria Nobis and Bernhard Stickerwhereas the third part 1Kommentar zu De revolutionibus was written by Felix Schmeidler The first part of the eighth volume Receptio Copernicana comprising texts on the reception of Copernicus’ teachings in Europe written by several Copernican scholars came out in Teresa Borawska Nicolaus Copernicus University.