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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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WITH WOODCUTS BY URS GRAF
IN CONTEMPORARY HAND-COLOR


GUIGO DE CASTRO / GRAF, Urs / REISCH, Gregor. Statua ordinis cartusiensis. Basel, Johann Amerbach, 1510.

Rare illustrated first edition (1510) of the Statua ordinis cartusiensis, “an exceptional case of a limited printing not available for public sale” (Elie, p. 38), here in an example with its fine woodcuts in excellent contemporary hand-color. These collected statutes and privileges of the Carthusian Order are the result of a remarkable collaboration between the jurist François Dupuy (1450-1521), prior of the Grande Chartreuse, the renowned scholar Gregor Reisch (1467-1525), humanist and author of the famed Margarita philosophica (1503), the Swiss artist Urs Graf (ca. 1485-1528), and the renowned Basel printer Johann Amerbach (c. 1440-1513). The work is preserved in its contemporary binding, rubricated throughout, with several fully illuminated initials and foliate borders, and supplemented with five leaves of manuscript text updating the work through the year 1522.
$48,500


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THE VERNACULAR WORKS OF THOMAS MORE
COLBERT'S COPY
WITH A SOURCE FOR SHAKESPEARE’S RICHARD III


MORE, Sir Thomas. The Workes of Sir Thomas More Knyght, sometime Lord Chaucellour of England, wrytten by him in the Englysh tonge. London, John Cawod, John Waly and Richard Tottell, 1557.

First collected edition of the English works of Thomas More (1478-1535), the famous councilor to Henry VIII, lawyer, philosopher, and Renaissance humanist. The present volume belonged to Jean-Baptiste Colbert (1619-83), the renowned finance minister under Louis XIV. It contains More’s unfinished History of King Richard III (an influence on Shakespeare’s famous play), More’s polemics against the reformer and scholar William Tyndale, and the Dialogue of Comfort against Tribulation, a work written while More awaited execution in the Tower of London.
$135,000


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Locke Comes to Sweden (In French)


[LOCKE, John.]. Abregé de l'essay de Monsieur Locke, sur l'entendement humain. Uppsala, Veuve du directeur Jean Edman, 1792.

Rare French edition printed in Uppsala of the abridgement of the Essay on Human Understanding by John Wynne, the format in which Locke’s thought was most effectively popularized at English universities and in Europe.
$450


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MARIAN ICONS FROM MILAN
WITH ILLUSTRATIONS
OF THE MADONNA DEI MIRACOLI & THE MADONNA DELLE LACRIME


[CHURCH HISTORY] [SASSI, Giuseppe Antonio]. Notizie istoriche intorno alla miracolosa immagine ed insigne tempio della B. V. Maria presso S. Celso. Milan, Giovanni Battista Bianchi Stampatore del suddetto Insigne Tempio, 1765.

A handsomely bound copy in contemporary gilt calf of the rare first edition of an illustrated treatise on the two famous Marian icons housed at the church of Santa Maria presso San Celso in Milan.
$875


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