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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 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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‘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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THE LIFE OF BENARDINO CAMPO:
THE FIRST REGIONAL ART HISTORY
OF A LIVING ARTIST
WITH A LETTER
FROM SOFONISBA ANGUISSOLA
& AN ENGRAVED PORTRAIT
BY AGOSTINO CARRACCI


LAMO, Alessandro. Discorso di Alessandro Lamo intorno alla scoltura, et pittura, dove ragiona della vita, & opere in molti luoghi, & à diversi prencipi, & personaggi fatte dall’eccel. & nobile M. Bernardino Campo pittore Cremonese. Cremona, Appresso Christoforo Draconi, 1584.

Rare first edition of Alessandro Lamo’s (1546-1610) illustrated evaluation of the life and work of the Cremonese painter Bernardino Campi (1522-1591). The Discorso, in addition to being the principal source for Campi’s biography, is considered the first critical writing to examine a still-living artist through the lens of regional art history (Schlosser, p. 365). Included is a letter written to Campi by his renowned student Sofonisba Anguissola (1532-1625). The volume concludes with a short treatise, Parer sopra la pittura, written by Campi himself and which includes a full-page woodcut treating human proportion.
$9,500


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A TREATISE ON GALILEO’S COMPASS


[GALILEIANA / JESUIT EDUCATION] MARCHELLI, Giovanni. Trattato del Compasso di Proporzione…. Milan, Giuseppe Galeazzi, 1759.

Rare first and sole edition of this treatise on the proportional compass, written by the Jesuit Giovanni Marchelli. The text offers an advanced understanding of Galileo’s landmark instrument, and, coming from a Jesuit, it is perhaps notable that Galileo’s “invention” of the instrument is so candidly celebrated.
$4,500


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