London, South Kensington
28 November 2011
GALILEI, Galileo (1564-1642) and Buonardo SAVI [Urbano D'AVISO, b. c. 1618]. Trattato della sfera di Galileo Galilei. Rome: Nicolò Angelo Tinassi, for Domenico Grialdi, 1656. 12° (131 x 72mm). Engraved frontispiece, 2 folding engraved plates, 2 letterpress tables, woodcut initials, headpieces and diagrams. (One plate with short clean tear repaired, light dampstaining to last 19 leaves and one folding table, lacking errata leaf and final blank called for by Cinti.) 18th-century calf gilt, edges speckled red (rubbed, small chips to spine and corners). Provenance: Samuel Boddington (bookplate).
FIRST EDITION OF THIS EARLY WORK BY GALILEO, written in the 1590s but published posthumously. One of the rarest of Galileo's works: UK copies in BL and National Library of Wales only, Worldcat lists 4 copies in the USA. According to ABPC, only 3 copies have sold at auction since 1975. Carli-Favaro 60 (252); Cinti 264 (133); De Caro 33; S. Drake, Galileo at Work, Chicago 1978, 51-55; S. Drake, in Essays on Galileo ed. N.M. Swerdlow and T.H. Levere, I, 67; Riccardi I, 398 ('assai raro'). Copies are recorded with an additional plate.
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