• Travel, Science and Natural Hi auction at Christies

    Sale 5489

    Travel, Science and Natural History

    22 April 2010, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 60

    CLAVIUS, Christoph (1537-1612). In sphaeram Ioannis de Sacro Bosco commentarius. Geneva: Samuel Crespin, 1608. 4° (204 x 153mm). Title in red and black, printer's device on title, woodcut diagrams. (A few spots, a few margins crumpled.) Contemporary vellum.

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    CLAVIUS, Christoph (1537-1612). In sphaeram Ioannis de Sacro Bosco commentarius. Geneva: Samuel Crespin, 1608. 4° (204 x 153mm). Title in red and black, printer's device on title, woodcut diagrams. (A few spots, a few margins crumpled.) Contemporary vellum.
    Provenance: Earls of Macclesfield library (engraved bookplate, blindstamp, sale Sotheby's, 10 June 2004, lot 539).

    'In [this book] Clavius was apparently the first to accuse Copernicus not only of having presented a physically absurd doctrine but also of having contradicted numerous scriptural passages. The friendship between Clavius and Galileo, according to their correspondence, began when Galileo was twenty-three and remained unimpaired throughout Clavius' life' (DSB). Sommervogel II, 1213.
    Clavius, C.


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