"GALILEO, PERHAPS MORE THAN ANY OTHER SINGLE PERSON, WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE BIRTH OF MODERN SCIENCE" (STEPHEN HAWKING)
GALILEI, Galileo. Opere. Padova, 1744. Four volumes.
Third edition of Galileo's collected works—the first to include his famous (and prohibited) Dialogo, in which he defends the Copernican heliocentric system—in the original Italian (some texts in Latin), with engraved frontispiece portrait, folding engraved plate, and numerous in-text woodcut diagrams, in four handsomely bound volumes. $9500.