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GALILEI, Vincenzo.
Dialogo. della musica antica, et della moderna.
Florence: Giorgio Marescotti, 1581. Folio (328 x 215 mm). Contemporary limp vellum. Housed in a brown quarter morocco solander box with chemise by the Chelsea Bindery. Old ownership inscription on front free endpaper crossed through. Spine with short splits over the cords, top corners worn, missing the original ties. One deletion in ink to two lines on page 70, and the odd marginal note in a contemporary hand. Occasional light spotting, pale damp mark to the upper margin of the first few leaves, and to the lower outer corner, the odd stain, but a beautiful copy, preserved in a custom-made, chemise and morocco backed box. Title within a fine allegorical woodcut border, 2 engraved examples of musical notation, 5 illustrations of musical instruments, 2 full page; pasted-in woodcut diagram, numerous woodcut text diagrams, some full-page, and woodcut printer's device at colophon. First edition, first issue of Vincenzo Galilei's main work, very scarce on the market. Vincenzo Galilei, father of Galileo, made a series of experiments in the 1580s that subjected music to scientific analysis. Stillman Drake suggests that Vincenzo's experiments with sound "may have led to the origin of experimental physics", by inspiring his son to experiment in a similar way. "Vincenzo was a skilled lutenist, a mathematician, and musical preceptor to the Florentine musical Academy of the Camerata. Among the manuscripts inherited by Galileo he left a translation of Aristoxenus into Italian, and he explicitly followed the example of Aristoxenus in trying to build musical science up from auditory sensati … [Click Below for Full Description]
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