De revolutionibus celestium orbium (On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres)
Nicolaus Copernicus’s book, published shortly after the author’s death in 1543, offered scholars a new vision of the cosmos. Making the Sun rather than the Earth the centre of the universe offered a solution to many puzzling observations of the planets, although it would be many years before the controversial theory was widely accepted.
This is a first edition of the book, one of only about 260 that survive.
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