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MANUSCRIPT OF GALILEO’S ‘LETTER TO CHRISTINA’ WITH A STROZZI PROVENANCE


GALILEI, Galileo. [‘Letter to Christina’ Manuscript.]. Florence (Palazzo Strozzi), c. 1680.

A manuscript version (containing variants of the text) of Galileo’s celebrated ‘Letter to Christina’ of Lorraine (1565-1637), Grand Duchess of Tuscany, which was written in 1615 but not published until 1636 in Strasbourg. This work circulated widely in manuscript, and it was through manuscript copies such this one that some of Galileo’s most controversial ideas about Copernicanism and the relationship between Scripture and science were disseminated. The ‘Letter’ is a “superb manifesto of the freedom of thought. Its purpose was to silence all theological objections to Copernicus. Its result was the precise opposite: it became the principal cause of the prohibition of Copernicus, and of Galileo’s downfall” (Koestler). The volume carries a stamp of the Strozzi library and was recorded as parts of the Strozzi manuscript collection in a catalogue of 1728.
$40,000


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"One of the Most Celebrated Polemics In the History of Science" - Stillman Drake


GALILEI, Galileo. Il Saggiatore nel quale con bilancia esquisita si ponderano le cose contenute nella Libra Astronomica... di Lotario Sarsi. Rome, Mascardi, 1623.

First edition, first issue of an outstanding document in the history of science.
$48,000


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FIRST ENCYCLOPEDIA OF ASTRONOMICAL INSTRUMENTS


GALLUCCI, Giovanni Paolo. Della Fabrica et Uso di diversi Stromenti di Astronomia et Cosmographia. Ove si vede la somma della Teorica, et Practica di queste due nobilissime Scienze. Venice, Ruberto Meietti, 1598.

First edition, second issue of the first ‘encyclopedia’ of astronomical instruments, a specialized astronomical equivalent of the kind of work which becomes the dominant medium for the dissemination of technological information in the late 16th and 17th centuries: an amply illustrated compendium on the design and operation of (in this case) astronomical and mathematical-related instruments.
$9,850


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THE FIRST PRINTED REFERENCE TO COPERNICUS’ HELIOCENTRISM
IN A MODERN EUROPEAN LANGUAGE


GASSER, Achilles Pirmin. Practica auff das M.D.XLvj. jar/ durch Doctorem Achillem P. Gasser L. zu Feldkirch gemacht. Nuremberg, J. Petreius, 1545.

Sole known copy of a prediction pamphlet for 1546, containing “the first explicit mention of Copernicus in any publication in the German language” (Danielson), as well as the first reference to heliocentrism in a vernacular language.
$60,000


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A Gorgeous Globe Book


HABRECHT, Isaac /STURM, J.C.. Planiglobium Coeleste Ac Terestre Platte Stern-und Lander-Kugel... Nurnberg, 1666.

Extremely rare German edition (a Latin edition was published the same year) of Sturm's enlargement of Habrecht's famous Tractatum de planiglobis coelesti & terrestri on the making of celestial and terrestrial globes, published in 1628.
$18,500


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