• Fine Printed Books, Manuscript auction at Christies

    Sale 5829

    Fine Printed Books, Manuscripts, Traditional Sports

    23 November 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 239

    MEDICINE & SCIENCE -- GALILEI, Galileo (1564-1642). Dialogo ... Dove ne i congressi di quattro giornate si discorre sopra i due massimi sistemi del mondo Tolemaico, e Copernico. Florence [but Naples]: 1710. Small 4° (248 x 188mm). Title printed in red and black, engraved vignette on title, woodcut initials, diagrams in text, title of Lettera alla Granduchessa with woodcut device (title lightly soiled, light waterstaining in lower margin of some pages, light spotting or marginal soiling). Contemporary vellum-backed boards, uncut (paper on rear cover torn away, vellum starting to detach at head of spine, rubbed, corners bumped). Provenance: S. Horsley (signature on title) -- Heribert McLean Evans (bookplate).

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    MEDICINE & SCIENCE -- GALILEI, Galileo (1564-1642). Dialogo ... Dove ne i congressi di quattro giornate si discorre sopra i due massimi sistemi del mondo Tolemaico, e Copernico. Florence [but Naples]: 1710. Small 4° (248 x 188mm). Title printed in red and black, engraved vignette on title, woodcut initials, diagrams in text, title of Lettera alla Granduchessa with woodcut device (title lightly soiled, light waterstaining in lower margin of some pages, light spotting or marginal soiling). Contemporary vellum-backed boards, uncut (paper on rear cover torn away, vellum starting to detach at head of spine, rubbed, corners bumped). Provenance: S. Horsley (signature on title) -- Heribert McLean Evans (bookplate).

    Second edition in Italian of Galileo's Dialogue. The first edition was placed on the Index of Forbidden Books immediately after publication in 1632. No subsequent Italian edition followed until this one of 1710, published clandestinely in Naples. It contains two other works attempting to refute the perceived polarity between Copernicus's theory and the Bible: Foscarini's Letter (originally published 1615) and Galileo's Lettera alla Granduchessa di Toscana (composed in 1615, first published 1636). Carli-Favaro 413; Cinti 168; Riccardi I, 512.


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