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    Sale 5315

    Fine Printed Books & Manuscripts including Modern First Editions

    13 November 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 49

    PICCOLOMINI, Alessandro (1508-78). La prima parte delle theoriche overo speculationi de i pianeti [all published]. Venice: Giovanni Varisco & Paganino Paganini, [1588]. Small 4° (195 x 140mm). Woodcut printer's device on title and final blank, diagrams and initials (occasional light thumb-soiling, small red mark in each corner of colophon leaf). Old boards (stitching weak, new front endpaper, lightly soiled).

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    PICCOLOMINI, Alessandro (1508-78). La prima parte delle theoriche overo speculationi de i pianeti [all published]. Venice: Giovanni Varisco & Paganino Paganini, [1588]. Small 4° (195 x 140mm). Woodcut printer's device on title and final blank, diagrams and initials (occasional light thumb-soiling, small red mark in each corner of colophon leaf). Old boards (stitching weak, new front endpaper, lightly soiled).

    FIRST EDITION of Piccolomini's treatise on astronomy and cosmography. The work is dedicated to Cosimo de Medici and complements Piccolomini's work on geography and cartography, Della grandezza della terra e dell'acqua, published the same year. Piccolomini's publications are some of the earliest scientific works in the Italian vernacular. Adams P1119; Houzeau & Lancaster 2494; Riccardi II: 272-73.


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