Special Collections After Hours: History of the Stars

Color woodcut depicting the movements and properties of Mercury, from Johannes de Sacro Bosco (ca. 1195 – ca.1256). "Sphaera mundi." Add: Gerardus Cremonensis: "Theorica planetarum." Venice: Franciscus Renner, de Heilbronn, 1478.

Event Information

Date & Time
March 12, 2019 - 4:00pm to 7:00pm
Hatcher Graduate Library, Special Collections, 6th Floor
Location Information
Special Collections After Hours
Event Type
Open House

Come see highlights from the Library's extraordinary collection of manuscripts and early printed books describing the early history of astrology and astronomy. These holdings range from ancient papyri to richly illustrated books that made possible the scientific revolution in Europe in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, including first editions of the works of Copernicus, Galileo, and Kepler. One of the most impressive highlights of the collection is a one-page manuscript where Galileo himself recorded his observations of the moons of Jupiter for the very first time.

This event is part of Special Collections After Hours, a monthly open house series sharing highlights from the many books, documents, and artifacts held in the Special Collections Research Center. Each event is open to everyone and will offer a new group of themed materials for visitors to explore. Open houses are held on the second Tuesday of each month during the academic year. Light refreshments will be provided.

Additional Infomation

Library Contact
Pablo Alvarez pabloalv@umich.edu
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