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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.

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“[T]he first illustrations prepared with a microscope
That were set forth in a printed book.” (Singer).

[GALILEIANA] STELLUTI, Francesco/ PERSIUS. Persio tradotto in verso sciolto e dichiarato da Francesco Stelluti, Accademia Linceo da Fabbriano. Rome, Giacomo Mascardi, 1630.

First edition of this illustrated Italian translation of the Roman poet Persius (CE 34-62) by Galileo’s correspondent, friend, and fellow member of the Accademia Linceo, containing “the first illustrations prepared with a microscope that were set forth in a printed book” (Singer p. 148), including the anatomical ‘bee’ engraving made possible with Galileo’s microscope.

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[HUYGENS] WEIGEL, Erhard / EBELL, Heinrich Christoph. Q.D.B.V. Pendulum de Tetracty deductum. Jena, Johann Werther, 1674.

Rare first and sole edition of this university thesis on the pendulum published just a year after Huygens' Horologium Oscillatorium, and mentioned by the author.

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