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CAMPANELLA, Tommaso (1568-1639). De libris propriis & recta ratione studendi syntagma. [Edited by Gabriel Naudé (1600-53).] Paris: widow of Guillaume Pelé, 1642,
8o (168 x 104 mm). (Lacking final blank.) Nineteenth-century half calf (inner hinges reinforced, a bit rubbed). Provenance: George H. Powell (signature dated 1896 on front free endpaper); tenth Duke of Devonshire, Chatsworth Library (bookplate, sale Christie's London, 24 February 1982, lot 512).
FIRST EDITION of Campanella's auto-bio-bibliography. He wrote the book at the end of his life, finally at liberty after twenty-seven years imprisonment and living at Paris. He dictated the work to Gabriel Naudé, whose repeated urgings had prompted him to record details of his life and writings. His chapters on the authors to be read in various fields of knowledge include the names of many of his contemporaries: Cardano, Gassendi, Mersenne, Telesio and others. Brunet I, 1520; Firpo p. 127.
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