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Book Description

4to, 20.5cm, 172, [2] p., attractive Renaissance decorative title-page with title within a decorative border of gargoyle door knockers, putti & scrollwork above a shield medallion with the tree of life flanked by female figures holding an armillary sphere and a violin (slightly trimmed at tail with a stain to lower corner), large historiated initials, headpieces of small printers decorations, text printed in italic type and dedication in Roman type. Contemporary limp vellum (two small splits across spine stitching, ms spine title & flourish. Only edition of this treatise on scientific method explored through classical science and the work Socrates, Plato & Aristotle and Cabbalistic science. This work was published at a key point at the beginning of the scientific revolution that was to create modern science, said to have begun with the publishing of Copernicus’s De revolutionibus orbium coelestium in 1543. The title page is of particular interest as it is one of the FIRST PICTORIAL REPRESENTATIONS OF THE MODERN VIOLIN, which appeared in its modern form in Italy in about 1550. A good copy (moisture mark to the blank upper margin of first three signatures, one signature toned due to paper quality, lacks final blank). Worldcat (Smithsonian, Basel, Michigan, Yale, bnf & Mazarine). EDIT16 CNCE 18272
Author Erizzo, Sebastiano.
Date In Venetia i.e. Venice.
Publisher Per Plinio Pietrasanta,

Price: £320.00

Offered by Alastor Rare Books

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