201
201
Galilei, Galileo (1564-1642)
SYSTEMA COSMICUM... IN QUO QUATUOR DIALOGIS, DE DUOBUS MAXIMIS MUNDI SYSTEMATIBUS, PTOLEMAICO & COPERNICANO, UTRIUSQUE RATIONIBUS PHILOSOPHICIS AC NATURALIBUS INDEFINITE PROPOSITIS, DIFFERITUR [TRANSLATED BY MATTHIAS BERNEGGER]. STRASSBURG: DAVID HAUTT FOR THE ELZEVIRS, 1635, ENGRAVED FRONTISPIECE, WOODCUT INITIALS AND HEADPIECES, ENGRAVED PORTRAIT OF GALILEO, WOODCUT DIAGRAMS
Estimate
5,0007,000
LOT SOLD. 10,625 GBP
JUMP TO LOT
201
Galilei, Galileo (1564-1642)
SYSTEMA COSMICUM... IN QUO QUATUOR DIALOGIS, DE DUOBUS MAXIMIS MUNDI SYSTEMATIBUS, PTOLEMAICO & COPERNICANO, UTRIUSQUE RATIONIBUS PHILOSOPHICIS AC NATURALIBUS INDEFINITE PROPOSITIS, DIFFERITUR [TRANSLATED BY MATTHIAS BERNEGGER]. STRASSBURG: DAVID HAUTT FOR THE ELZEVIRS, 1635, ENGRAVED FRONTISPIECE, WOODCUT INITIALS AND HEADPIECES, ENGRAVED PORTRAIT OF GALILEO, WOODCUT DIAGRAMS
Estimate
5,0007,000
LOT SOLD. 10,625 GBP
JUMP TO LOT

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Galilei, Galileo (1564-1642)
SYSTEMA COSMICUM... IN QUO QUATUOR DIALOGIS, DE DUOBUS MAXIMIS MUNDI SYSTEMATIBUS, PTOLEMAICO & COPERNICANO, UTRIUSQUE RATIONIBUS PHILOSOPHICIS AC NATURALIBUS INDEFINITE PROPOSITIS, DIFFERITUR [TRANSLATED BY MATTHIAS BERNEGGER]. STRASSBURG: DAVID HAUTT FOR THE ELZEVIRS, 1635, ENGRAVED FRONTISPIECE, WOODCUT INITIALS AND HEADPIECES, ENGRAVED PORTRAIT OF GALILEO, WOODCUT DIAGRAMS
Tractatus de proportionum instrumento, quod merito Compendium universae Geometriae dixeris... Editio secunda [translated by Matthias Bernegger]. Strassburg: David Hautt, 1635, woodcut of a sector on title-page, folding engraved plate, woodcut initials and diagrams, woodcut headpiece, occasional slight browning, small ink holes in I1-2 with slight loss, K2-3 transposed

2 works in one volume, 4to (201 x 155mm.), contemporary vellum, later endleaves, a few edges uncut, folding cloth box


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Provenance

bought from Martayan Lan, New York, 1987

Literature

Tomash & Williams G4, G19; Riccardi i, 512; VD17 14:074200H, 12:155151T; Willems 426; 1st work: Cinti 96

Catalogue Note

Barely two years after Galileo was condemned and his Dialogo sopra i due massimi sistemi del mondo placed on the Index of forbidden books, this Latin translation was published at Strassburg by a group of Galileo’s Protestant friends, with Galileo himself playing an active role. A complex publication strategy was devised, so that the work would escape Roman censorship, and obtain the widest possible circulation (Stéphane Garcia, "L'édition strasbourgeoise du ‘Systema cosmicum’ (1635-1636), dernier combat copernicien de Galilée" in Bulletin de la Société de l'Histoire du Protestantisme Français, volume 146, 2000, pp.307-334).

The translator, Matthias Bernegger (1582-1640), professor of history at Strassburg and an amateur astronomer, had previously translated into Latin Galileo’s treatise on the proportional compass, adding his own extensive notes on the instrument (Strassburg: Karl Kieffer, 1612; lot 199). A reissue of that work is here bound-in after the Systema Cosmicum; it is substantially the sheets of the 1612 first edition, with only the initial quire (title and dedication) reprinted by David Hautt.

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