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Wed, Aug 17, 2022 09:00AM EDT
Lot 18

Georgio Valla Placentino Interprete

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Georgio Valla Placentino Interprete, first edition, contains numerous translated Greek scientific texts, including the first printing of the only extant work of the Greek astronomer Aristarchus of Samos (c.310-230 B.C.), De Magnitudinous et Distantilis Solis et Lunae. Aristarchus is considered to be the first man to have proposed a heliocentric theory, eighteen centuries before Copernicus. Other entries include Aristotle's Magna Ethica and Ars Poetica, Rhazes De Pestilentia, and several medical treatises by Galen, bound in embossed brown leather, with protective slip case, 12 1/2" x 8 3/4". Provenance: From the Collection of Dr. Fin Sparre, Wilmington, DE.

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Good condition, board and spine edges gently bumped, some minor staining throughout. Pages numbered by hand. The colophon appears on leaf 156, which is the last page. The final page of the book is 157. The four books written into the title page are not present. Leaf 104 is blank. Binding has some age, but we cannot say for certain how old it is. Leaf “32” is actually bound in between “38” and “39”, it is misbound. Every page is numbered the same on recto and verso. The book appears to be complete.

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