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GALILEI, Galileo (1564-1642) and Buonardo SAVI [Urbano D'AVISO, (b. 1618)]. Trattato della sfera di Galileo Galilei, con alcune prattiche intorno a quella, e modo di fare la figura celeste, e suoi direttioni, secondo la via rationale. Rome: Nicolò Angelo Tinassi, for Domenico Grialdi, 1656.
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GALILEI, Galileo (1564-1642) and Buonardo SAVI [Urbano D'AVISO, (b. 1618)]. Trattato della sfera di Galileo Galilei, con alcune prattiche intorno a quella, e modo di fare la figura celeste, e suoi direttioni, secondo la via rationale. Rome: Nicolò Angelo Tinassi, for Domenico Grialdi, 1656.

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GALILEI, Galileo (1564-1642) and Buonardo SAVI [Urbano D'AVISO, (b. 1618)]. Trattato della sfera di Galileo Galilei, con alcune prattiche intorno a quella, e modo di fare la figura celeste, e suoi direttioni, secondo la via rationale. Rome: Nicolò Angelo Tinassi, for Domenico Grialdi, 1656.

12° (126 x 71mm). Additional engraved title, 2 folding engraved plates and 2 folding letterpress tables, woodcut initials and head-pieces, a diagram and tables in text, errata at end, with the final blank. (3 small holes in engraved title, some mainly light browning or spotting, heavy in gatherings L & M.) Contemporary vellum, manuscript title on spine (top front hinge weak, extremities lightly rubbed, pastedowns and endpapers lightly wormed.)

FIRST EDITION OF THIS RARE EARLY WORK BY GALILEO, written in the 1590s but published posthumously. The text originates in lectures given by Galileo at Padua in the late 1590s. The subject of these lectures was probably Sacrobosco's De Sphaera, the most common teaching tool on astronomy at that time. It is unsurprising, therefore, that in this text Galileo adhered to the conventional Ptolemaic model, as described by Sacrobosco, in which a static earth is orbited by the sun and other planets. The editor of this volume was Urbano D'Aviso, whose name appears in an anagram on the title. This copy conforms to the collation in Cinti, with a frontispiece, 2 folding tables and 2 engraved plates. Carli and Favaro 252; Cinti 133; Riccardi I, 519.
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