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In 1648, Italian astronomer and astrologer Andrea Argoli (1570–1657) published his astronomical ephemerides for the years between 1641 and 1700. In 1676, the astronomers of the University of Nagyszombat (Trnava, Slovakia) adapted this work for Hungary and Austria, and the Academic Press printed the calendar in the same year (or maybe at the end of the last one). The compilers thoroughly explain the structure at the beginning of the volume, the same information for every day of the year: feast days, astronomical observations, lunar phase, duration of day and night, weather, Austrian anniversaries etc. A prognostication for the year and two writings titled Dissertatio physico-mathematica (of waterbodies in Austria and Hungary) and Synopsis chronologica (main events in Austria from Rudolf I to Leopold I, from 1218 to 1675) follow the almanac. A family tree of the Habsburgs – which traces its origins back to Pharamond, the legendary king of the Franks – ends the book. The copy of the University Library is unique: a nobleman near Pozsony (Bratislava, Slovakia), András Szency wrote his diary on blank leaves after each month, giving a short description of almost every day, thus making it possible to reconstruct his whole year. Several leaves were added to the end of the book as well, which contain the account book of Szency with precise numbers. The calendar and the diary later came into the possession of the Hédervári family.


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RMK II 260a:2

Calendarium typographiae Tyrnaviensis, ad annum a nato in terris Deo, M. DC. LXXVI. ad meridianum Tyrnaviensem, ad elevationem poli XLVIII. graduum, adeoque in usum praecipuorum locorum tam in Ungaria, quam in Austria, nec non adjacentium provinciarum, supputatum ex calculis ... Andreae Argoli / opera et studio, astrophili cuiusdam in Academia Tyrnaviensi Regni Ungariae Tyrnaviae [Nagyszombat] : typis Academicis, [1676].

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