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First published 1986 (DOST Vol. VI).
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Primum mobile. [ME (1256), med. L. (11–12th c.), lit. ‘first moving thing’.] The outermost sphere and prime source of heavenly motion in Ptolemaic astronomy. — 1501 Doug. Pal. Hon. 1840.
The air, the fire, all the four elementis The spheiris seuin and primum mobile
a1568 Bann. MS 39 b/27.]
[O thow eterne rex altissime … Doun frome thy self vt primum mobile [etc.]

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