Book dedications don’t go as far as they used to. See, p. 101 of Owen Gingerich’s The Book Nobody Read,

Peter Apian’s Astronomican Caesareum was truly astronomy for an emperor’s eyes. Dedicated to Charles V of Spain, it won for its author, an astronomy professor at the university in Ingolstadt, the right to appoint poets laureate and to pronounce legitimate children born out of wedlock.

The perks of making a science text.

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