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DELFINO, Federico (1477-1547). De fluxu et refluxu aquae maris, subtilis et erudita disputatio. Eiusdem De motu octauae sphaerae. [Venice]: in Academia Veneta [printed by Paulus Manutius], 1559.
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DELFINO, Federico (1477-1547). De fluxu et refluxu aquae maris, subtilis et erudita disputatio. Eiusdem De motu octauae sphaerae. [Venice]: in Academia Veneta [printed by Paulus Manutius], 1559.

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DELFINO, Federico (1477-1547). De fluxu et refluxu aquae maris, subtilis et erudita disputatio. Eiusdem De motu octauae sphaerae. [Venice]: in Academia Veneta [printed by Paulus Manutius], 1559.

4º (312 x 205mm). Etched Aldine device (Fama C4a), woodcut diagrams occupying 8 leaves, those on the 4 unnumbered leaves intended for use as mobile parts. (Title somewhat stained and partially attached to guard, title and first quire repaired at inner margin, some other stains and occasional soil marks.) Late 19th-century half roan and marbled boards (rubbed, new marbled sides and endpapers).

FIRST EDITION. Supportive of the ancient theory that tides are caused by the sun and moon’s attraction, Delfino’s work is dedicated to cardinal François de Tournon by mathematicians of the Academia. Renouard states that 1100 copies were printed, describing it as ‘fort rare. Il est bien imprimé et sur très beau papier, comme le sont à-peu-prè sans exception tous les livres de l’Accademia Veneziana.’ Adams D-232; Ahmanson-Murphy 601; Brunet II, 579; Honeyman 848; Mortimer/Harvard Italian 150; Renouard, Alde, 275:21; Riccardi I, 403; not in BL.
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