De revolutionibus orbium coelestium
(On the Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres)
Nicolaus Copernicus; Nuremberg, 1543
One of the most important works in the history of astronomy, this book by Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus illustrated his idea, novel at the time, that the Earth and the planets orbited a central Sun. Printed the year of his death, this work proved to be a major blow to the common belief that the Earth was at the center of the Universe.
Gift of the Burndy Library