GALILEO’S LETTERS – A LARGE PAPER COPY

(Giovanni Battista VENTURI, editor). Memorie e lettere inedite finora o disperse di Galileo Galilei, ordinate ed illustrate con annotazioni … parte prima, dall’anno 1587 sino alla fine del 1616 [– parte seconda, dall’anno 1616 fino alla sua morte del 1642].

Modena, G. Vincenzi e compania, 1818 [– 1821].

2 vols, large 4to (230 x 320 mm), pp. 280; [4], 367, [3], with frontispiece portrait to each volume, 4 plates in text, and 8 folding plates bound at rear; occasional slight foxing, otherwise an excellent, broad set, unopened; in contemporary carta rustica, repairs to spines, front free endpaper of vol. I and rear endpaper of vol. II renewed.

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(Giovanni Battista VENTURI, editor). Memorie e lettere inedite finora o disperse di Galileo Galilei, ordinate ed illustrate con annotazioni … parte prima, dall’anno 1587 sino alla fine del 1616 [– parte seconda, dall’anno 1616 fino alla sua morte del 1642].

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First edition, on large paper, of the unpublished letters of Galileo. Assembled by the physicist and science historian Giovanni Battista Venturi (1746–1822), the Memorie e lettere publish those manuscripts which had been omitted from the 1744 Padua edition of Galileo’s works, including the first printed copy of his Trattato di fortificazione (I, pp. 25-74).

A handsome large paper set, the letters and documents are accompanied by portraits of Galileo after Villamena and Sustermans, engravings of monuments erected to Galileo, copies of the frontispieces of his publications, diagrams, and facsimiles of his manuscript.

Cinti 188; Favaro 668.

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