Bologna, heirs Dozza, [1655–] 1656. 

4to, pp. [xviii]; [ii], [iv, paginated ‘29’–‘32’], 48; 48; [viii], 80; [81]–160; [iv], 68; 58; [59]–127; [iv], 264; woodcut printer’s device on title, with an engraved allegorical frontispiece by Stefano della Bella showing Galileo and personifications of Astronomy, Perspective and Mathematics, an engraved portrait of Galileo, a folding engraved plate of Galileo’s compass, and numerous woodcut illustrations and diagrams in the text; half-title slightly dust-soiled,  a few very minor stains, small printing flaw in centre of engraved frontispiece; contemporary English calf, rebacked and endpapers renewed in the nineteenth century; rubbed, edges worn in places, short split at head of upper joint.


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A substantial volume of Galileo’s works, comprising most of the first volume of the first collected edition, edited by Carlo Manolessi.  The edition contained nineteen separate treatises, each with its own title, in two volumes, but is rarely found complete; present here are all but two of the ten works usually found in the first volume:

Le operationi del compasso geometrico, e militare.  Bologna, Heirs of Dozza, 1656.  Pp. [ii], [iv, paginated ‘29’–‘32’], 48, with a folding engraved plate of Galileo’s compass. 

Annotationi di Mattia Bernaggeri sopra’l Trattato dell’instrumento delle proportioni del Sig. Galileo Galilei.  Bologna, Heirs of Dozza, 1655.  Pp. 48. 

Usus et fabricus circini cuiusdam proportionis.  Bologna, Heirs of Dozza, 1655.  Pp. [viii], 80. 

Difesa di Galileo Galilei . . . contro alle calunie & imposture di Baldessar Capra Milanese.  Bologna, Heirs of Dozza, 1655.  Pp. [81]–160. 

Discorso al Serenissimo Don Cosimo II . . . seconda editione.  Bologna, Heirs of Dozza, 1655.  Pp. [iv], 68. 

Discorso apologetico di Lodovico delle Colombe.  Bologna, Heirs of Dozza, 1655.  Pp. 58. 

Considerationi di M. Vincentio di Gratia sopra il discorso del Sig. Galileo Galilei intorno alle cose che stanno sù l’acqua, e che in quella si muovono.  Bologna, Heirs of Dozza, 1655.  Pp. [59]-127. 

Risposta alle oppositioni del Sig. Lodovico delle Colombe e del Sig. Vincenzo di Gratia contro il trattato del Sig. Galileo Galilei.  Bologna, Heirs of Dozza, 1655.  Pp. [iv], 264. 

1.  The mathematician Joshua King (1798–1857), with his ownership inscription on the front flyleaf.  King was Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge from 1839 to 1849 and President of Queen’s College from 1832 until his death. 

2.  Ownership inscription of ‘H. Goodwin’, with a note in the same hand ‘This book belonged to Dr. King’.  Likely candidates are the mathematician and Anglican bishop Harvey Goodwin (1818–1891), his brother Henry Wycliffe Goodwin (1823–1864), and Henry Albert Goodwin (1821–1887), all of whom took the Mathematical Tripos during Joshua King’s professorship. 

See Carli & Favaro 251; Cinti 132; Houseau & Lancaster 3386; Riccardi I/1 518; and Tomash & Williams G9. 

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