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Analysis Of The Tables

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In the absence of an autograph copy, it is not possible to specify exactly the contents of the astronomical tables of Bianchini. Each manuscript copy and each edition we have consulted includes tables some of which may not be due to him. The problem is not unique to this case, for it applies to other sets of medieval tables that exist in multiple copies, such as the Toledan Tables or the Parisian Alfonsine Tables. The editor was clearly aware of the publication of the Alfonsine Tables in 1483 and 1492, both published in Venice, and he refers specifically to the tables for equations and latitudes that we have numbered 69-80. The edition of 1526 also includes all tables in the edition of 1495, but those in category (3) are unlikely to be part of Bianchini's legacy.

Keywords: astronomical tables; Bianchini; Parisian Alfonsine Tables; Toledan Tables

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