Lot 12: Gassendi; Galileo, Kepler. Institutio Astronomica
November 5, 2016
Macon, GA, USALive Auction
Description: PETRI GASSENDI INSTITUTIO ASTRONOMICA, JUXTA HYPOTHESIS TAM VETERUM QUAM RECENTIORUM. CUI ACCESSERUNT GALILEI GALILEI NUNCIUS SIDEREUS, ET JOHANNIS KEPLERI DIOPTRICE. London: Dickinson, 1683. 3rd ed. 8vo. In three parts. , 199, , 50, 51-172 pp. Retaining the four plates, but lacking text pages 1-4, 79/80, 143/144, 173 and final leaf. Four plates on black background and numerous woodcut illustrations throughout. Bound in period full calf, rebacked in period style, boards with some scuffs, light loss at corners, a few marginal tears and chips, some light marginal worming, early ink to pastedown and front blank (bleeding through just a bit onto title leaf), some water-staining near front and rear (small and marginal at rear, large near front and tending toward upper margin), a few instances of rather light foxing, Good. Defective copy though a scarce and highly desireable book.