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Galileo Galilei
Dialogo
Leyden, 1641. Contemporary full vellum. F4to (8,9x6,8 inches) [11] ff. Dialogo]. Dialogus de systemate mundi - Systema cosmicum, in quo quatuor dialogis, de duobus maximis mundi systematibus, Ptolemaico & Copernicano. disseritur GALILEI, Galileo [Galilée] A crisp copy lacking portrait, half title and title page else complete in original period full vellum lacking tis red morocco spine label needing to be supplied, an ideal copy for completion or full restoration. B Second latin edition of galileo's most famous work, containing his defence of the Copernican system. This was the treatise that led directly to Galileo's trial for heresy in Rome. Urban VIII identified himself with Simplicio, one of the three participants in the dialogue (along with Salviati and Sagredo), and to avenge this slight he had Galileo arrested while Galileo's protector the Grand Duke of Tuscany was absent from Florence. Simplicio's role in the Dialogo was to be a "filosofo peripatetico" who would cling doggedly to the writings of Aristotle, despite contradictory evidence provided by the learned Salviati (a friend, representing Galileo's Copernican stance) and Sagredo (another of Galileo's friends, an amateur with an informed interest in the new astronomy). Size: 4to [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
Bookseller: Hirschfeld Galleries [Saint Louis, MO, U.S.A.]
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