Paris, P. Du Pré 1598.
Folio. [iv], 133,  leaves. Large woodcut headpieces (two signed D[enis] D[u] P[ré]), tables throughout.
Mid-19th-century blind-tooled calf (Hatton, rubbed), spine label and date gilt, red edges.
Only Edition. This treats the general concepts of time and its units of measure, the armillary sphere and the heavens, while reconciling astronomical and historical data. It catalogs zodiacal bodies, fixed stars and the planets and records lunar and solar cycles (mentioning Copernicus). With these it demonstrates the Septuagint is more astronomically and historically accurate than the then more widely accepted Hebrew original. Lauret did his own math to establish the dates of specific events based on celestial information. P. Cayet’s dedication to Pope Clement bears a few early manuscript annotations by a Protestant. I have found two complete copies in North America. In good condition (a few ink stains, two natural paper flaws affecting four words), Macclesfield stamp and bookplate. Not in Tardy’s Bibliographie générale de la mesure du temps (1980).
¶Houzeau & Lancaster, Bibliographie…de l’astronomie 12830; Patrides, “Renaissance Estimates of the Year of Creation” in Huntington Library Quarterly 26 (1963) 315-22; Cioranesco 12780.