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Titel: Fabbrica et uso dell' annulo astronomico, ...
Verlag: Florence, Alla Condotta, 1674
Folio (300 x 225 mm), pp 44, with 17 engraved plates in text, two full-page; a fine, unpressed copy in original carta rustica binding. £12,500First edition of this rare treatise on an astronomical ring of the author's invention, with outstanding illustrations drawn and engraved by the author as well. The text and illustrations instruct how to make the instrument, with engravings detailing all of the components, followed by chapters on its use in astronomy. The work is dedicated to Cardinal Leopoldo de' Medici, founder of the Accademia del Cimento.Onorio Marinari (1627-1715) was a Florentine Baroque painter and engraver. He was a gifted painter, and pupil of Carlo Dolci. He executed many commissions for the Medici court and was a prominent member of the Accademia in Florence. He was also, as this work attests, an amateur astronomer, and a student of musical instruments.Provenance: manuscript corrections to the text, probably by the author; contemporary inscription on inside front board 'Di Pietro Salvetti', possibly the 'musico di camera' of the same name in the Medici court, who taught music to Ferdinando II de' Medici, brother of Leopoldo and later Grand Duke of TuscanyHouzeau and Lancaster 11518; Riccardi 116 1 (the 1670 edition cited by both is a ghost); OCLC: Smithsonian, Harvard, and Adler for North America. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 3864
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