by GALILEO GALILEI
1966. GALILEO GALILEI. LE OPERE DI GALILEO GALILEI, NUOVA RISTAMPA DELLA EDIZIONE NAZIONALE, COMPLETE IN 20 VOLUMES (i.e. 21 volumes: Vol. III. is bound in two parts). Firenze: G. Barbera, 1966, except for Vol. III, Part 1: Firenze: G. Barbera, 1892. Various pagination. Thick 4tos, printed paper wrappers, bookblocks sewn. Originally published in 1909. Overall this is a clean and attractive set, printed on high quality paper with wide margins (ideal for binding). Most of the volumes are unopened at top edge. A few volumes have some thumbing to corners or closed tears at edges of wrappers. Notable imperfections of the fine set are: volume II has a small stain on front wrapper. Vol. II, Part 1. has dust-soiled wrappers and the bookblock is split in two; however, the text is complete and clean. Volume III Part I is supplied from the earlier printing of 1892 has discreet library markings on the title page, the cover is detached and the block is split. This is truly an astounding wealth of knowledge. Works encompass Galileo's discoveries in physics, mechanics, astronomy, navigation, mathematics, his inventions (geometic compass et al.), the Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems (I Due Massimi Sistemi Del Mondo, for which he stood trial as heretic for proposing his theory of heliocentrism), and Two New Sciences (Le Nuove Scienze). Text in Latin and Italian, and notes in Italian. B/w illustrations/diagrams.
(Inventory #: 81940)