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Titel: De locis solidis secunda divinatio ...
Verlag: Florence, Brigonci, 1701
Folio (330 x 235 mm), pp [xxiv] 12, with two folding engraved plates and an engraved portrait of Galileo bound at end; a fine large, clean copy in contemporary carta rustica with blue paper spine. £3500A large-paper copy of final published work of Viviani, representing the culmination of his efforts to reconstruct a lost manuscript by Aristaeus the Elder on the exposition of curves. Nearing the end of his life, Viviani also took the opportunity of the present work's publication to offer a final tribute to his mentor, Galileo: in 1693 Viviani had commenced the transformation of his own home into a veritable shrine to that figure, and here provides for the reader three engravings illustrating his 'Casa Deo Data'.'Viviani's first project was an attempted restoration of a work by Aristaeus the Elder, De locis solidis secunda divinatio geometrica, which Viviani undertook when he was twenty-four. Aristaeus' work is believed to have been the first methodical exposition of the curves discovered by Menaechmus; but since it has been entirely lost, it is difficult to estimate how close Viviani came to the original work' (DSB). A rudimentary version of Viviani's effort was printed in Florence in 1673; the present volume is the full work as corrected and expanded by the author (as explained on the title page).Historiographically speaking, the work makes quite an effort to resuscitate the reputation and standing of Galileo; Viviani proudly notes that he is the student of 'magni Galilaei' on the title page and devotes a curious section at the end of the work entirely to his former teacher. Here Viviani takes advantage of the opportunity to not only dedicate his work to his patron, Louis XIV, but also to express his thanks for the pension which the King of France has granted him and which has enabled him to remodel his home. The interested reader is provided with a transcription of each plaque he has added to the façade of his house, identified with letters corresponding to those on the engraved plates. Each inscription lauds Galileo in some way; one lengthy piece takes a rather bold stand and decries the 'envious opponents' of Galileo who raised 'false accusations' against him. To ensure the shunned astronomer's immortality, Viviani proudly displays the bust of Galileo he has placed above his portal, reproduced here in a full-page engraved portrait plate.Carli and Favaro 400; Cinti 167; Riccardi II 629. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 3666
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