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THE FIRST ILLUSTRATIONS IN PRINT OF GALILEO'S SECTOR FORERUNNER OF THE POCKET CALCULATOR


FAULHABER, Johann. Newe geometrische und perspectivische Inventiones etlicher sonderbahrer Instrument …. Frankfurt am Main, Richter and Anthonius Humm, 1610.

Rare first edition of this illustrated treatise on instrument making by the Ulm mathematician and military architect Johann Faulhaber (1580-1635), a work principally important in the history of science and technology for its engraved technical illustrations of Galileo Galilei’s (1564-1624) famous ‘proportional compass’ – the first such illustrations to appear in print – and for its revealing anecdote of how Faulhaber came to learn of the instrument and of its inventor, “Gallileus de Gallilei Professor zu Padua.”
$35,000


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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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The Discorso Revised


GALILEI, Galileo. Discorso al Serenissimo Don Cosimo II…Intorno alle cose, che Stanno in su l’acqua, o che in quella si muovono. . Florence, Cosimo Giunti, 1612.

The second augmented edition of Galileo’s classic on hydrostatics, published the same year within months of the first edition, represents his first published work in physics (Drake, p. 179).
$48,000


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“THE FIRST PRECISE PUBLISHED FORMULATION
OF THE PRINCIPLE OF INERTIA” (H. Jones)


GASSENDI, Pierre. De motu impresso a motore translato. Epistolae duae. Paris, Ludovicus de Hequeville, 1642.

Rare first edition of Gassendi’s (1592-1655) important illustrated treatise on inertial mechanics, containing “the first precise published formulation of the principle of inertia” (Jones, p. 63).
$38,500


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LITHOGRAPHED BY 2 WOMEN


JARRY DE MANCY, Adèle / LE BRETON, Jean-François. Le Dessin d’Après Nature et sans Maitre, suivant la Méthode du Professeur le Breton, consistant a faire Dessiner d’Après Nature, dès la Première Leçon, par Mme Jerry de Mancy, Née Adèle le Breton, Peintre et Professeur…. Paris, for the author, 1831.

Extremely rare first edition (second issue, a year after the first) of this exposition of the drawing methods of Jean-François Le Breton, a respected drawing master in 19th century Paris. The present work is of particular interest, having been wholly composed and lithographed by two women, one of whom was Le Breton’s own daughter and pupil – and a drawing instructor and painter in her own right.
$2,250


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