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    Sale 7590

    Valuable Manuscripts and Printed Books

    4 June 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 237

    ANONYMOUS. Manuscript on paper, disquisitions on the heavenly bodies, the sublunary bodies and on man, [late 17th/early 18th Century], three works comprising 'Ph[ilosoph]ia n[atur]alis coelestis sive superiorum c[or]p[or]um n[atur]ales disquisitiones', in 4 books; 'Philosophia particularis elementaris sive de s[u]blunarium maiorum c[orpo]rum n[atur]ales disqusitiones', in 5 books; 'Ph[ilosoph]ia particularis humana sive de homine n[atur]ales disquisitiones', in 3 books, illustrated with sixteen tables illustrating the celestial bodies and optics, lacking frontispiece, 216 leaves, 4to (minor worming), vellum boards (loss to lower spine).

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    ANONYMOUS. Manuscript on paper, disquisitions on the heavenly bodies, the sublunary bodies and on man, [late 17th/early 18th Century], three works comprising 'Ph[ilosoph]ia n[atur]alis coelestis sive superiorum c[or]p[or]um n[atur]ales disquisitiones', in 4 books; 'Philosophia particularis elementaris sive de s[u]blunarium maiorum c[orpo]rum n[atur]ales disqusitiones', in 5 books; 'Ph[ilosoph]ia particularis humana sive de homine n[atur]ales disquisitiones', in 3 books, illustrated with sixteen tables illustrating the celestial bodies and optics, lacking frontispiece, 216 leaves, 4to (minor worming), vellum boards (loss to lower spine).

    The manuscript is attributed in a 20th-century annotation to Tommaso Caccini (1574-1648), the notorious Dominican opponent of Galileo, although there is no evidence within the text for this and the script places it some time after his lifetime. The first part of the work does however espouse a pre-Copernican view on the relations of the heavenly bodies.


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