• Travel, Science and Natural Hi auction at Christies

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    Travel, Science and Natural History

    22 April 2010, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 37

    LICETI, Fortunio (1577-1657). Litheosphorus sive de lapide Bononiensi lucem in se conceptam ab ambiente claro mox in tenebris mire conservante. Udine; N. Schiratti, 1640. 4° (192 x 141mm). Fine woodcut portrait (centre of title weakened and torn without loss of letters, tear from outer margin into text of kk1 without loss of letters, a few leaves near the end browned). Old vellum (soiled).

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    LICETI, Fortunio (1577-1657). Litheosphorus sive de lapide Bononiensi lucem in se conceptam ab ambiente claro mox in tenebris mire conservante. Udine; N. Schiratti, 1640. 4° (192 x 141mm). Fine woodcut portrait (centre of title weakened and torn without loss of letters, tear from outer margin into text of kk1 without loss of letters, a few leaves near the end browned). Old vellum (soiled).

    FIRST EDITION. Liceti uses this work on the phenomena of the light-bearing Bologna Stone as another vehicle to refute the findings of Galileo - in this case those put forward in the Siderius nuncius. Baryte found in the clay in Mount Paderno near Bologna, and known as Bologna Stone, can become phosphorescent after calcification. Liceti believed that this 'light bearing' phenomena was due to absorption of light from the sun, which, together with the moon's luminescence, meant that the stone 'let off' light bit by bit at a later time and date. Carli and Favaro 179.


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