Up till now scientists have been wondering how it happened that one man working alone away from big universities abolished the ancient geocentric theory. How did he manage to persuade the modern world that heliocentric system justifies the view in the sky?
De Revolutionibus, Copernicus’ autograph in other words, is the most valuable manuscript in Poland. This is a work of life of Nicolaus Copernicus including a lecture on heliocentric theory. The period of work is dated on the years 1515-1540. The book was written by Copernicus hand in Greek and Latin in a font known as humanistic cursive. The work at first welcomed with great interest by church and university rulers, in 1616 was introduced to the list of banned books as endangering contemporary worldview. Today (since 1956) the original manuscript is held in Jagiellonian Library beyond the range of common view.
It was scheduled by UNESCO in 1999.
Front of the book, obverse, shows the image of Nicolaus Copernicus known from City Hall in Toruń (oil hand-painting) and a visualisation of Copernicus’ solar system. The book is decorated with over 320 gems. The meteorite used in the book is Muonionalusta, the oldest ever found on Earth, dating back to 4.6 billion years, which was found in Sweden in 1906.
The setting is entirely covered with the most precious 24 carat gold.More Information