First edition of Galileo's works. GALILEI. Opere...

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First edition of Galileo's works. GALILEI. Opere...
 GALILEI, Galileo. Opere ... In questa nuova edizione insieme raccolte, e di varij Trattati dell'istesso Autore non pił Stampati accresciute. Bologna, HH. del Dozza, 1656

2 vols. 4to, mm. 215x150; Contemporary full calf binding, spine with sections adorned with gold; more than 1.500 pages, so divided: Vol. I: pp. [24, including Half-title., Frontispiece, Portrait, Title-page], 29-32, 48, 48, [8], 160, [4], 68, 127, [5], 264, 43, [1], 1 copper plate out text; Vol. II: [4, 1leaf bl. Half-title], 60, 7, [1], 1-105, [3], 105-156, 48, [8], 179, [3], 53-106, [2], 103-126, [8], 238 [i.e. 242], [6], p. 132 repeated four times. Many woodcuts illustrations within the text, Pictorial Frontispiece. by Della Bella, full page portrait of Galileo by Francesco Villamena, plate out text depicting the geometric compass. Signature of ancient owner on title page. Slight defects on binding, some pages with foxing and browning, sign of dampstain on vol.1 , slight loose on p. 43 of volume 2, overall good copy.

Ownership inscription to titles. Spine using original material restored, joints glue-shadowed, small flaws to spine of vol. 2, some foxing and partly browned; partly waterstained to vol. 1, mildew spotting to last leaves; tear to one leaf; backed lesions to page 43 of vol. 2, overall good copy.

Condition Report

First edition of the first collection of the works of Galileo. The edition, edited by Carlo Manolessi, contains many unpublished writings, as well as various writings of opponents of Galilei, Capra, Colombe, Grazia, Grassi and others, with their with their refutations. Zeitlinger: "The first collected edition of Galieleo's work". Lacking Dialogue of Maximum Systems and the Letter to Christina of Lorraine, then still at the Forbidden Index and which will have to wait until 1744 and respectively 1808 to be reprinted. However, the allegory of Della Bella, disguising the heliocentric system by Medici coat of arms, he succeeded to declare openly in the Frontispiece the Copernican heresy. Galileo is kneeling at the feet of three female figures inpersonificanti Astronomy, Optics and Mathematics; to them with his hand raised, shows the coat of arms from the center of which depart the light rays and the planets are arranged like the six globes of the coat of arms of the Medici. Riccardi: "This year, though less abundant of succeeding, and bran, it is nevertheless highly esteemed, and not easy to be complete, because the various treaties having numbering and frontispiece particular, they were often distracted by the whole body of works." "Questo esemplare corrisponde perfettamente a quello censito in Iccu. Cinti, 132; Gamba, 482; Zeitlinger, I, 1435-6; Riccardi, I, 518-9, n. 17; De Vesme, p. 255, n. 965; IT\ICCU\UFIE\000447.
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