4 June 2008
GALILEI, Galileo (1564-1642) [and Marin MERSENNE (1588-1648)]. Les nouvelles pensees de Galilei ... où par des inventions merveilleuses, & des demonstrations inconnuês iusques à present, il est traitté de la proportion des mouvements, tant naturels, que violents, & de tout ce qu'il y a de plus subtil dans les mechaniques & dans la phisique. Traduit d'italian en franis. Paris: Pierre Rocolet, 1639.
8° (155 x 100mm). Woodcut initials, head- and tailpieces, diagrams in text, one folding plate. Lacking blank leaves called for by Cinti at a1-2. (Title-page lightly dampstained, occasional minor soiling, some light dampstaining to lower margin not affecting text.) Contemporary vellum, lower ties present (light dampstaining to endpapers). Provenance: sporadic early marginal annotations.
FIRST EDITION of this early contemporary response to Galileo's Two New Sciences, part translation, part commentary. Mersenne had been following Galileo's career with interest since the 1620s: he had offered to assist him in publishing the Dialogo and had later discussed it in print; he had also translated and commented on Galileo's Mechanics (1634). The present work appears under two imprints; this state, and a state with fewer preliminary pages under the imprint of Henri Guenon. Carli-Favaro 37 (169); Cinti 211 (104); De Caro 30; Riccardi I 516.
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