SECOND EDITION, THE FIRST “COMPLETE” EDITION, of Galileo’s collected works; an important edition containing a wealth of material (nearly all of volume 3) not included in the 1655-56 first collected edition.
The first two volumes are essentially a reprint of the 1655-56 Bologna edition, while the third volume contains previously unpublished material. Sometimes referred to as the “first complete edition”, although this edition does not include the Dialogo nor the Letter to the Grand Duchess Cristina, both of which were still on the Index Prohibitorum. Edited by Tommaso Buonaventuri.
Complete with engraved frontispiece portrait of Galileo, engraved vignette with view of Florence on first title page; with title page printed in red and black, woodcut initials, head- and tailpieces, woodcut diagrams, folding engraved plate.
Firenze [Florence]: Tartini, 1718. Quarto, contemporary full vellum with leather labels; edges speckled red. Three volumes. A few cosmetic cracks to vellum at joints. Faint evidence of stamp removal on title pages, two small spots of dampstaining on top margin of first few leaves of vol 1; tiny worming on first few leaves of vol 3. Text extremely clean with wide margins. A beautiful set.
Price: $7,500 .