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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UNPUBLISHED MANUSCRIPT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Unpublished, illustrated Spanish manuscript on the construction and use of sundials written at the Convento de San Francisco in Marbella in 1610.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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FIRST PRACTICAL TREATISE ON NAVIGATION
WITH A MAP OF THE NEW WORLD


MEDINA, Pedro de. Arte de navegar, en que se contienen todas las reglas, declaraciones, secretos, y avisos, q(ue) a la buena navegacio(n) son necessarios… . Valladolid, Francisco Fernandez de Cordova, 1 Oct. 1545.

A fresh, un-pressed example of the first edition of Pedro de Medina’s (1493-1567) renowned and very rare Arte de Navegar (1545), an early instructional manual for those voyaging to the New World and a work considered to be the first treatise to give reliable information on the navigation of American waters. The volume is finely illustrated with woodcut maps and diagrams. The full-page map of the ‘Nuevo Mundo’ shows the Atlantic coast of North America including Florida and the lands around the Gulf of Saint Lawrence, Central America, and north coast of South America, and the west coast of Europe and Africa.
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NEWTON’S OPTICKS


NEWTON, Isaac. Opticks: or, a Treatise of the Reflexions, Refractions, Inflexions and Colours of Light. Also Two Treatises of the Species and Magnitude of Curvilinear Figures. London, Sam. Smith and Benj. Walford, Printers to the Royal Society, 1704.

First edition, first issue of this landmark in science by Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727), here in a remarkably well preserved, unrestored example.
$165,000


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PRESENTATION COPY TO JOSEPH DE L’ISLE


POLENI, Giovanni. Epistolarum mathematicarum fasciculus. . Padua, [Typographia Seminarii], 1729.

Rare first edition of the polymath Poleni’s letters to his contemporaries on astronomy, mathematics, hydraulics and physiology, which establish the author’s place as one of the foremost Italian scientists of his day.
$4,500


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The Florentine Enigma Solved by its Inventor


V[IVIANI], V[incenzo]. Al serenissimo Principe di Toscana, Formazione, e misura di tutti i cieli ... . Florence, Piero Matini, 1692.

Very rare first and only edition of this book of geometrical problems proposed by Galileo’s last disciple, including Viviani’s own solution to the Florentine Enigma he had published earlier that year under a pseudonym.
$5,850


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