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TELESIO, Bernardino.
On the origin of colour, going against theories by Aristotle and Galen
De colorum generatione opusculum.Naples, Josephus Cacchius, 1570. 4to. With large woodcut device on title. Modern vellum, preserved in an orange half morocco box. [10, including 2 blanks] ll. First edition of a short treatise on the origin of colour by Bernardino Telesio (1509-1588), an Italian natural philosopher from Cosenza. He studied at Milan and Padua and was an independent thinker who made many enemies by attacking Aristotle and Galen. Telesio wrote several scientific treatises, the present one on optics dedicated to the Duke of Atri. The woodcut on title shows a nude woman standing under a shining sun, with the motto "Mona Moi Phila".Fine copy. STC Italian p. 662; Riccardi I, 2, 512; Poggendorff II, cols 1076-1077; Wellcome 2332.
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