Scandaglio sopra la Libra Astronomica et Filosofica di Lotario Sarsi nella controversia delle Comete.

Stelluti (Giovanni Battista)

Scandaglio sopra la Libra Astronomica et Filosofica di Lotario Sarsi nella controversia delle Comete.

e paticolararmente delle tre ultimamente veduto l'Anno 1618.

Description: FIRST EDITION, title with woodcut illustration (the balance), woodcut diagrams in text, 2 printed correction slips pasted on p. 69, with an erratum corrected in ink just below the second one (few other errata corrected), first 2 leaves washed, with skilful repairs to tears (entering the text but without loss), and strengthened at the margins, one opening (A2/3) a little soiled and with a small hole in A2 with loss, or partial loss, of about a dozen letters over 3 lines, last gathering with some marginal worming repaired and paperflaw in L2 filled in, last leaf (Errata) tidied at margins and re-sized, repaired hole by fore-margin, extending to text with loss of or damage to a few letters, old inscription on title partially erased with a small resultant hole (not affecting text), the word Vallemani (see below) still legible, pp. [iv], 86, [2, Errata], small 4to, modern calf backed boards, spine lettered in gilt

Publication Details: Terni: Tomasso Guerrieri, 1622

Notes: 'In 1618 three comets attracted the attention of Europe and became the subject of many pamphlets and books. One such book was printed anonymously by Orazio Grassi, mathematician of the Jesuit Roman College. Galileo, bedridden at the time [and thus unable to observe the comets], discussed his views on comets with Guiducci, who then delivered lectures on them to the Florentine Academy, and published them over his own name ... [Grassi's response to the criticism] was a direct attack under the pseudonym of Lotario Sarsi, published in 1619' (DSB). This defence of Galileo, a rare book, is by the br...more

Bibliography: (Carli and Favaro 89; Riccardi I(ii) 477)

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Price: £6,000

Subject: Sciences

Published Date: 1622

Stock Number: 67086

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