17 June 2008
PICCOLOMINI, Alessandro. La prima parte dele theoriche ò vero speculationi dei pianeti. Venice: Giordano Ziletti for G. Varisco, 1558.
4o (208 x 156 mm). Woodcut diagrams in text. (Some pale dampstaining.) 19th-century quarter vellum. Provenance: Marino Parenti (bookplate).
FIRST EDITION (all published) of Piccolomini's treatise on astronomy and cosmography. The work is dedicated to Cosimo de Medici and complements Piccolomini's work on geography and cartography, Della grandezza della terra e dell'acqua, published the same year. Piccolomini's publications are some of the earliest scientific works in the Italian vernacular. RARE: according to American Book Prices Current, only three copies have sold at auction in the last thirty years, with none since 1993. Adams P-1119; Houzeau & Lancaster 2494; Riccardi II:272-73. See BM/STC Italian p. 514 (slight variation in imprint).
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