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The first edition of the book will be released Nicholas Copernicus The pioneer, in which the Polish astronomer suggested that the Earth revolves around the sun and not the other way around, will be sold next month in New York, and is expected to fetch $2.5 million.
Copernicus’s book De Revolutionibus orbium coelestium, in Latin on the “revolutions of the celestial bodies,” was published in 1543 and paved the way for future scientists, including Galileo Galilei He helped revolutionize the field of astronomy.
The book was highly controversial at the time as it proposed a new model of the universe with the sun at the center of the solar system while the planets revolved around it, and the new model contradicted the Catholic Church’s widely accepted doctrine that the Earth was at the center, according to Live Science.
There are about 277 first printings known worldwide from the original 500 printed, which the Vatican quickly banned, but most are owned by museums, libraries and other institutions while only a handful belong to private owners, making this sale particularly rare.
And in 2008, a similar copy sold at auction for $ 2.2 million, ”according to the global auction house Christie’s.
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