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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UNPUBLISHED MANUSCRIPT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Unpublished, illustrated Spanish manuscript on the construction and use of sundials written at the Convento de San Francisco in Marbella in 1610.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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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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PANTHEO’S ALCHEMY


PANTHEO, Giovanni Agostino. Voarchadumia contra alchimiam: ars distincta ab archimia, et sophia: cum additionibus, proportionibus, numeris et figuris opportunis Ioannis Augustini Panthei Veneti sacerdotis. . Venice, [Giovanni Tacuino], 1530.

First edition, first issue of this rare alchemical work, highly unusual for its early use of four-colour printing.
$30,000


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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.
$12,000


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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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