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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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A NEW AMERICAN WONDER DRUG
THE TUDOR TRANSLATION OF HUTTEN’S TREATISE
ON GUAIACUM
ONE OF THE FIRST PUBLISHED PATIENT NARRATIVES


HUTTEN, Ulrich von. Of the Wood Called Guaiacum that healeth the frenche pockes, and also helpeth the goute in the feete, the stone, palsey, lepre, dropsy, fallyinge euyll, and other diseses. London, Thomas Berthelet, 1540.

Rare 1540 (first quarto) Tudor translation of an important early medical work on the curative properties of the American wood known as ‘guaiacum.’ The treatise popularized the use of guaiacum to treat several conditions, especially the New-World scourge of syphilis, and accelerated the import of this botanical from the Caribbean. “This tract had enormous resonance in 16th-century medical circles … Hutten was the first significant publicist for the Guaiac treatment … it remained influential into the 18th century” (Jillings, p. 5).
$35,000


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THE SCOTTISH PALEONTOLOGY OF JARDINE
“A VERY RARE WORK INDEED” (Jackson)


JARDINE, Sir William. The Ichnology of Annandale or Illustrations of Footmarks Impressed on the New Red Sandstone of Corncockle Muir. Edinburgh, W.H. Lizars, [1850-] 1853.

Rare first edition presentation copy of a work on fossilized reptile footprints found in the sandstone formations of Corncockle Muir, located near Templand in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. The naturalist William Jardine (1800-74) here records many specimens he found on family estate, as well as items collected from other nearby quarries. This lavishly printed work – its illustrations of specimens reproduced at life size – is said to have been published in fewer than 140 copies (Jackson, p. 112).
$10,750


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‘THE FOUNDATION OF ALL PLANETARY CALCULATIONS
FOR OVER A CENTURY’ – SPARROW


KEPLER, Johannes. Tabulae Rudolphinae, quibus Astronomicae Scientiae, Temporum longinquitate collapsae Resauratio continetur…. Ulm, J. Saur, 1627.

First edition of this classic in the history of science, a nice large genuine example of the last of Kepler’s works to appear in his lifetime, and in the judgment of Prof. Owen Gingerich, “the chief vehicle for the recognition of his astronomical accomplishments” (DSB, p. 304). It contains the first astronomical tables to be based on Kepler’s three laws of planetary motion and is the first of Kepler’s books to employ logarithms.
$60,000


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A ‘GOLDEN TRIPLET’ OF ALCHEMICAL TEXTS,
INCLUDING THE ‘TWELVE KEYS’, EMBLEMATIZED


MAIER, Michael. Tripus Aureus, hoc est, Tres Tractatus Chymici Selectissimi, nempe I. Basilii Valentini...Practica una cum 12 clavibus & appendice, ex Germanico; II. . Frankfurt, Paul Jacob for Lucas Jennis, 1618.

Scarce edition of three alchemical texts—comprising the first illustrated appearance of the ‘Twelve Keys’ of Basil Valentine, and the first printed editions of Thomas Norton’ The Ordinall of Alchemy, and John Cremer’s ‘Testament’—collected by the pre-eminent Rosicrucian apologist Maier.
$15,000


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