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Le operazioni del compasso geometrico, et militare. by  Galileo GALILEI - Hardcover - 1649 - from Peter Harrington (SKU: 137602)

Le operazioni del compasso geometrico, et militare.

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Le operazioni del compasso geometrico, et militare.: Terza edizione.

by GALILEI, Galileo

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Padua: Paolo Frambotto,, 1649. His first published work Small quarto (212 x 155 mm). Contemporary vellum over thin paper boards. Woodcut device on title-page, woodcut initials and headpieces, woodcut illustrations and diagrams, folding engraved plate. Early DSA library ink stamp on title-page and paper shelf label at foot of spine. Front pastedown torn away at centre, marginal browning to endleaves from paste used on turn-ins, first leaf with a few small wormholes, else an excellent copy, generally clean and fresh, the folding plate in fine condition. Third edition of Galileo's first published work, originally privately printed in 1606 in an edition of 60 copies only. The second edition, the first with the plate, was published by Frambotto in 1640. Galileo's compass, invented in Padua in 1597, was a calculating instrument making use of the proportionality between the corresponding sides of two similar triangles, designed for use by soldiers and merchants, which could be used for all sorts of complex calculations, from currency conversion to calculating cannon charge. Cinti 122; USTC 4021152.


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Le operazioni del compasso geometrico, et militare.
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Since its establishment, Peter Harrington has specialised in sourcing, selling and buying the finest quality original first editions, signed, rare and antiquarian books, fine bindings and library sets. Peter Harrington first began selling rare books from the Chelsea Antiques Market on London's King's Road. For the past twenty years the business has been run by Pom Harrington, Peter's son.


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Vellum is a sheet of specialty prepared skin of lamb, calf, or goat kid used for binding a book or for printing and writing. ...[more]
A book in fine condition exhibits no flaws. A fine condition book closely approaches As New condition, but may lack the...[more]
The term quarto is used to describe a page or book size. A printed sheet is made with four pages of text on each side, and the...[more]
The outer portion of a book which covers the actual binding. The spine usually faces outward when a book is placed on a shelf....[more]
Especially for older books, a printer's device refers to an identifying mark, also sometimes called a printer's mark, on the...[more]
Full page illustration or photograph. Plates are printed separately from the text of the book, and bound in at production. I.e.,...[more]