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Books by Tycho Brahe and others on astronomy

Tycho Brahe's Astronomiae Instaurate Progymnasmata

Published in 2 volumes in 1610.

Diagram from Astronomiae Instauratae Progymnasmata

Diagram on page 189 by Tycho Brahe showing Tycho's theory of the positioning of the planets.

Comet of 1577 in Tycho Brahe's View of the Universe

The comet with its tail is labelled as 'x'.

A woodcut of Tycho Brahe's Quadant


Tycho Brahe's discovery of the 1572 super nova in the constellation of Cassiopeia. Cassiopeia is a constellation in the northern sky, named after the vain queen Cassiopeia in Greek mythology, who boasted about her unrivalled beauty.

A detail of the illustration

Diagram of Copernicus' sun centred universe

This diagram is taken from Kepler's Mysterium Cosmographicum de admirabili Proportione Orbium Coelestium published in 1621, a copy of which is also in Salisbury Cathedral Library.

Paste-downs in the bindings of Tycho Brahe