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    Sale 2457 | Lot 260
    Price Realized: $10,000With Buyer's Premium
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    • Sale 2457 Lot 260

      (GALILEI, GALILEO.) Salusbury, Thomas, translator. Mathematical Collections and Translations. Volume 1 (of 2). 4 engraved plates. [10] (of [16]), 503, [25]; [14], 118, [6] pages; lacks half-title, contents leaf, fly-title to The System of the World, and the errata leaf found at the end of the first part in some copies. 2 parts in one volume. Folio, 335x209 mm, 19th-century 1/2 leather, cover edges and bottom of spine worn; contents dampwrinkled with varying toning and occasionally heavy browning, dampstaining in upper margins, scattered ink stains, preliminaries crudely reinforced in margins slightly affecting text on leaf with Galileo's dedication, general title soiled and creased, blank outer margin of plates cropped. London: William Leybourn, 1661

      Estimate $10,000 - 15,000

      first edition. The second volume was published in 1665. In Salusbury's compilation important writings by Archimedes, Descartes, Galileo, Kepler, Tartaglia, Torricelli, and others appeared for the first time in English. The first volume contains translations of Galileo's 1632 Dialogo . . . sopra i Due Massimi Sistemi del Mondo, proving the validity of the Copernican heliocentric theory, and his 1615 letter to the Grand Duchess Christina of Tuscany, published in 1636 as Nov-antiqua sanctissimorum patrum et probatorum theologorum doctrina, asserting the independence of science from religious authority. Wing S517.

      Price Realized (with Buyer's Premium) $10,000