London, South Kensington
2 June 2008
CLAVIUS, Christoph (1537-1612). In sphaeram Ioannis de Sacro Bosco commentarius. Geneva: Samuel Crespin, 1608. 4° (204 x 153mm). Title in red and black, printer's device on title, woodcut diagrams. (A few spots, a few margins crumpled). Contemporary vellum. Provenance: From the Macclesfield library with engraved bookplate and blindstamp at head of title and following three leaves.
'In [this book] Clavius was apparently the first to accuse Copernicus not only of having presented a physically absurd doctrine but also of having contradicted numerous scriptural passages. The friendship between Clavius and Galileo, according to their correspondence, began when Galileo was twenty-three and remained unimpaired throughout Clavius' life' (DSB). Sommervogel II, 1213.
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