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GALILEI, Galileo . Opere ... Bologna, HH. del Dozza, 1655-56.

First collected edition of Galileo’s works, appearing only a year after his death and of great interest for his 17th-century reception: this was the edition in which Newton and later eminent scientists read their Galileo.
$25,000


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With a Map of the Moon


GILBERT, William. De mundo nostro Sublunari Philosophia Nova. Opus posthumum. Amsterdam, Ludovico Elzevir, 1651.

Scarce first edition of Gilbert's only other published work, whose first section contains "an extension of the cosmological ideas Gilbert introduced into the last section of de Magnete; it is dependent on the latter work for much of its vocabulary and basic assumptions..." (DSB V.397).
$7,500


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TELLING TIME IN THE SPANISH GOLDEN AGE
UNPUBLISHED MANUSCRIPT
FROM S. FRANCISCO DE MARBELLA
WITH FINE FULL-PAGE ILLUSTRATIONS
AND A POEM BY LOPE DE VEGA


[HOROLOGY] / [SPANISH] GUTIERREZ, Bartolome. Reloxes. En este trat(ad)o si ponen cosas de Horologiographia. Quiere deçir cosas de la discripçion y fabrica y uso de algunos reloxes solares orizontales y verticales. Marbella, 1610.

Unpublished, illustrated Spanish manuscript on the construction and use of sundials written at the Convento de San Francisco in Marbella in 1610. This handbook on Reloxes, apparently the work of a certain cleric Bartolome Gutierrez, who signed two sections at the rear of the volume (ff. 234 & 236), represents a more practical approach to gnomonics than is usually encountered in this period.
$8,500


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HEVELIUS’S STAR ATLAS, SAVED FROM THE FIRE!


HEVELIUS, Johannes. Prodromus Astronomiae, exhibens fundamenta, quae tam ad novum plane & correctiorem stellarum fixarum catalogum construendum. . Danzig, Johann Zacharias Stoll, 1690.

Rare first edition of Hevelius’ star atlas, along with the Introduction (Prodromus) and the catalogue of stars, together as issued: a fundamental text in the history of astronomy and a spectacular illustrated book.
$165,000


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KEPLER, Johannes. Außzug auß der Uralten MESSEKUNST ARCHIMEDIS und deroselben newlich in Latein außgangener Ergentzung betreffend Rechnung der Cörperlichen Figuren holen Gefessen und Weinfässer Oesterreischischen... Linz, Hans Blancken, 1616.

First German edition, a significantly revised and reordered version of the Latin Nova Stereometria published the year before, a title “generally regarded as one of the significant works in the prehistory of the calculus.” – Gingerich in DSB VII.300
$18,000


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