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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, 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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Tuscan Agriculture

RIGACCI, Giuseppe. Nuova Maniera Di Seminare E Coltivare Il Grano. Florence, Andrea Bonducci, 1764.

Rare work devoted to one of the important achievements of 18th-century technology, the development of mechanical farm implements.

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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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