Lyon: Christophe Fourmy, 1665.
1st Edition. Soft cover. 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. Good. Item #003319
4to (220 x 167 mm). , 218 (i.e. 228),  pp. Engraved device on title, woodcut initials, head- and tailpieces, numerous woodcut diagrams in text. Contemporary limp vellum with yapp edges, spine with faint contemporary handlettering, remnants of ties preserved, original endpapers (small worm holes near joints, little soiling of vellum). Text browned mainly within text block, heavy worming at beginning and slowly improving to gathering F, affecting some headline letters, further wormtrack within textblock of leaves Z3-AA1, occasional minor spotting. Provenance: old illegible ink inscriptions on title; Peter and Margarete Braune. Except for the worming a neat copy in untouched original binding. ----
Carli-Favaro, Bibliografia Galileiana 1568-1895, p.294; Goldsmith F44; DSB IV, pp. 505-06. RARE FIRST EDITION of this 'dialogue' on Galileo and the Copernican theory in which Jesuit Fabri tackles the controversial question of the motion of the earth. "In 1660, with an anonymous work, Fabri opened the controversy with Huygens over Saturn's rings which, after five years and a great expenditure of energy, was decided in Huygen's favor . . . In the Brevis annotatio is a note theat reads . . . 'If the proof (for the motion of the earth) is found, then there should be no difficulty in explaining that the relevant passages in the Bible must be interpreted in a more symbolic sense'. This statement . . . brought Fabri (as a member of the Holy Office) fifty days in prison . . . Yet this did not prevent the combative Jesuit from inserting into his Dialogi physici (1665) a chapter entitled 'De motu terrae.' It was also in 1665 that Fabri discovered the Andromeda nebula, which he at first thought was a new comet." (DSB IV, p.506). - Visit our website to see more images!
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