Apr 03, 2014 - Sale 2343

Sale 2343 - Lot 71

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GASSENDI, PIERRE; GALILEI, GALILEO; and KEPLER, JOHANNES. Institutio astronomica, juxta hypotheses tam veterum quam recentiorum. Cui accesserunt Galilei Galilei Nuntius sidereus, et Johannis Kepleri Dioptrice. Secunda editio priori correctior. General title in red and black. 4 white-on-black woodcut plates of constellations; 5 full-page and 37 text woodcut illustrations and diagrams. [16], 199, [1]; 173 pages. 8vo, 180x115 mm, contemporary vellum boards with spine title in ink; small wormhole in blank inner corner of opening leaves, repaired vertical clean tears in ²K6-7, front free endpaper lacking. This lot is not from the Gutzwiller collection. London: James Flesher for William Morden, 1653

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first edition, issue with Flesher/Morden imprint, of a compilation containing the second edition of Gassendi's 1647 Institutio, a textbook of astronomy comparing the Tychonic and Copernican theories; the third edition of Galileo's 1610 Sidereus Nuncius, describing and illustrating the first astronomical observations made with a telescope; and the second edition of Kepler's 1611 Dioptrice, on the optics of lenses, particularly as applied to the telescope. This was the first publication in England of any works by these authors. Houzeau & Lancaster 9925; Cinti 128; Caspar 93; Wing G291A.