New York Academy of Medicine's Rare Book Room: Astronomy and Astrology - Atlas Obscura

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New York Academy of Medicine's Rare Book Room: Astronomy and Astrology

Turn your gaze to this rare collection of humanity's early attempts to unravel the secrets of the universe.

Join us for an observation of volumes from early modern Europe's astronomers, philosophers, scientists, and physicians, who used the movements of heavenly bodies as a foundation for their inquiries.

In 1543, Copernicus published his watershed De revolutionibus orbium coelestium libri sex, or six books on the revolution of the heavenly sphere. His groundbreaking assertion that the planets revolve around the Sun and not the Earth forever altered human understanding of the cosmos. However, astronomy, astrology, and medicine remained inextricably entangled among the scientific community. 

Among the volumes on view, we'll get the rare chance to see the earliest realistic anatomical illustrations in print, the first book of microscopic images, and a volvelle meant to predict the critical dates of solar and lunar fevers. 

Come witness the early search for answers in the intimate after-hours setting of The New York Academy of Medicine's beautiful rare book room, guided by two of its stewards.


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