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A Miniature Georgian Almanac in a Contemporary Binding with Original Metal Stylus

ALMANAC. MINIATURE BOOKS. Goldsmith, John, active 17th century
Goldsmith. An almanack for the year of Lord God, M.DCC.LXXXII. Being the second after bissextile or leap-year. Wherein are contain’d necessary rules, and useful tables; with a new chronology of remarkable events; also, the proper days and hours for transfering stocks and receiving dividends; and a list of holidays kept at the public offices, &c. Calculated by John Goldsmith.

London: Printed for the Company of Stationers, and sold by John Wilkie, at their Hall Ludgate-Street, 1782

$2,800.00

Duodecimo: 10.5 x 5.5 cm. 8 p. A-B12

A truly lovely copy of one of the miniature almanacs published by the Company of Stationers. Rare. ESTC records only 1 copy of this edition (at the British Library).

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ESTC T35691

The Black Legend - Witnessing Atrocities in the New World

AMERICAS. VOYAGES AND TRAVELS. SLAVERY. Bry, Theodor de (1528-1598); Benzoni, Girolamo (1519-1572?)
Americae Pars Quarta. Sive, Insignis & Admiranda Historia de Reperta Primùm Occidentali India à Christophoro Columbo Anno M CCCCXCII scripta ab Hieronymo Bezono Mediolanense, qui istic a[n]nis XIIII versatus dilige[n]ter omnia observavit. Addita ad singula ferè capita, non contemnenda scholia in quibus agitur de earum etiam gentium idololatria. Accessit praeterea illarum regionum tabula chorographica. Omnia elegantibus figuris in aes incisis expressa à Theodoro de Bry Leodien..

Francofurti ad Moenum: Typis Ioannis Feyrabend, impensis Theodori de Bry., Anno M. D. LXXXXIIII. 1594

$38,000.00

Folio: 35 x 23 cm. [8], 145, [3] p.(-[2] blank lvs.), XXIIII lvs (minus final blank.) With an added double-page map. Collation: ):():(⁴, ):():(⁴, A-Q4, R6, Aa-Ee4, Ff6 (lacking blanks R6 and Ff6). Complete.

This book constitutes the fourth part of the first Latin edition of Theodor de Bry's “Grand Voyages” (“America”), the most famous collection of travel narratives from the Americas, printed in fourteen parts from 1590 to 1634.

This volume contains book one of Girolamo Benzoni’s influential “Historia del Mondo Nuovo”, in which the Milanese merchant-adventurer narrates his experiences in the Caribbean and the Yucatan.

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Church 154; Sabin Vol. III p. 36-37; Huth catalogue, vol. 2, p. 411; JCB, pre-1675, I: p. 393-4; Burden, Mapping of America no. 83

A "distinctly theatrical text" by the most celebrated actress of the commedia dell'arte

Andreini, Isabella (1562-1604)
Lettere Della Signora Isabella Andreini Padovana, Comica Gelosa, [et] Academica Intenta, nominata l'Accesa. Aggiuntovi di nuovo li Ragionamenti Piacevoli dell'istessa. Con due Tauole vna delle Lettere, e l'altra de' Ragionamenti, che nell'Opera si contengono. Di nuovo ristampate, & con ogni diligenza ricorrette. [With:] Fragmenti.

Venice: Presso Gio. Battista Combi, 1638

$4,800.00

Octavo: 14.2 x 9.5 cm. Two parts in one: [24], 455, [3] pp. Collation: †8, †4, A-Z8, Aa-Ee8, Ff4. (In signature †4 the first leaf is signed “†5” and the 4th leaf has the orphaned catchword “histria”, an error of the compositor, explained by the re-setting of the type from Combi’s 1627 edition to correct omissions in his 1634 edition.)

The first edition of Isabella Andreini's collection of letters appeared in 1607, four years after the author's death, edited by her husband, Francesco. In 1617, with the assistance of Flaminio Scala, Francesco published the "Fragmenti". For a discussion of both works, see below.

"Born in Padua to Venetian parents in 1562, Isabella Andreini (née Canali) would become the most celebrated commedia dell'arte actress of her century by the time of her death in 1604.

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Charting Comets & Renaming the Constellations

ASTRONOMY. COMETS. Weigel, Erhard (1625–1699)
Speculum Uranicum / Aquilae Romanae Sacrum / Das ist / Himels Spiegel / darinnen ausser denen ordentlichen auch die ungewöhnli- chen Erscheinungen des Himmels / mit gebührender Anführungen abgebildet / vornemlich aber 7 der im Gestirne des Adlers / jüngst- hin entstandene Comet / nebst einer neuen Himmels-Charte unter dem Adler des H. Römischen Reiches / dargestellt wird / von Erhardo VVeigelio, ...

Jena: bey Samuel Krebsen, in Verlegung Thomas Matthias Götzen, 1661

$5,800.00

Quarto: 19.8 x 16 cm. [128] p. π1, ):(4, A-M4, a-c4

A rare astronomical work by the astronomer Erhard Weigel, a teacher of Gottfried W. Leibniz. The engraved frontispiece shows a man holding a telescope, standing before the University of Jena, with other astronomical instruments (quadrants, sextants, a globe, etc.

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Zinner p. 582; Poggendorff II, 1283; Kenney 20; Brüning 1061; Pogg. II, 1283; Struve 17; Bircher A1193; FdF 1506-07; not in Hou-zeau-L.; Lit.: Klaus-Dieter Herbst (ed.). Erhard Weigel (1625–1699) und die Wissenschaften. Frankfurt a.M.: Peter Lang 2013

The Corruption and Illegitimacy of the Church - Bale’s salty and scandalous exposé of the Papacy and Monasticism

Bale, John (1495-1563)
Les vies des évesques et papes de Rome, depuis la disper- sion des Disciples de Iesus Christ, iusques au temps de Paul quatrieme, qui a present regne tyranniquement en l'Eglise, prinses du grand Catalogue des escrivains d'Angleterre,... Nouvellement traduites de Latin en François...

Geneva: Conrad Badius, 1561

$7,500.00

Octavo: 17 x 11 cm. (56), 705, (63) pp. Collation: *-***8, ****4, a-z8, A-Z8, aa-bb8

FIRST EDITION of Conrad Badius’ French translation of John Bale’s “Acta Romanorum Pontificum”(1558). In his “Acts of the Roman Pontiffs” Bale sought to prove that the popes are not the successors of Peter and expressed the belief that it was the Antichrist himself who controlled the papacy. He devotes considerable space to demonstrate that Peter never was a bishop of Rome and that there was considerable doubt among chroniclers about the identity of Peter’s immediate successors.

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Adams, B-133; Index Aureliensis 112.015; Universal STC, no. 210

An Illuminated Parisian Book of Hours Printed on Vellum

BOOK OF HOURS
Hore dive virginis Marie, secundum usum Romanorum, cum aliis multis, folio sequenti notatis, una cum figuris Apocalipsis, et multis figuris Biblie insertis [With a calendar for 1513-1527]

Paris: Gilles Hardouyn for Germain Hardouyn, 9 August, 1514

$26,000.00

Octavo: Printed on vellum.. 16.2 x 10.5 cm. 112 lvs. Collation: A-O8. Complete

Printed at Paris by Gilles Hardouyn (?1455-?1529) for his brother Germain Hardouyn (d. 1541) at his printshop at the sign of the golden rose near the Pont Notre-Dame. The illustrations were probably produced in the workshop of the Parisian artist Jean Pichore (fl.

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Lacombe, Livres d'heures imprimés au XVe et XVIe siècle conservés dans les bibliothèques publiques de Paris, catalogue, no 251 (p. 146); Renouard, ICP, II, 865; Bohatta, 959; Van Praet, I, n° 116 and 132; Brunet 243; Renouard, Les marques typographiques parisiennes des XVe et XVIe siècles, 429 and 431. Another velum copy is held at the Bibliothèque Genève Switzerland.

Insomnia, Infertility, & Insanity: A 16th c. English Book of Medicinal Preparations

Boorde, Andrew (ca. 1490-1549)
The Breviarie of Health wherin doth Folow, Remedies, for all Maner of Sicknesses & Diseases, the which May Be in Man or Woman. Expressing the obscure termes of Greeke, Araby, Latin, Barbary, and English, concerning phisick and chirurgerie. Compiled by Andrew Boord, Doctor of phisicke: an English-man. Now newly corrected and amended, with some approued medicines that neuer were in print before this impression, & are aptly placed in their proper chapters, by men skilfulll [sic] in phisicke and chirurgerie.

London: by Thomas Este, 1598

$12,500.00

Quarto in 8s: 19 x 14.6 cm. 123, [5]; 27, [1] leaves. Collation: A-Q8; A-C8, D4

An Elizabethan edition (and the last of the early editions) of this popular book of remedies, written by the English physician and traveler Andrew Boorde. In his prefaces, he emphasizes that no man or woman should practice medicine unless they be properly educated. A physician must have Grammar to understand what he reads, Logic to discuss and define truth from falsehood, Geometry to weigh and measure his drugs and potions, and above all, astronomy, “to know how, when, and at what time every medicine ought to be ministered”.

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ESTC S106810; STC 3378

The First Printed Book on Book Collecting – With the First Catalogue of Manuscripts at Oxford

Bury, Richard de, Bishop of Durham (1287-1345); James, Thomas (1573-1629)
Philobiblon Richardi Dunelmensis sive De amore librorum, et institutione bibliothecæ, tractatus pulcherrimus. Ex collatione cum varijs manuscriptis editio jam secunda; cui accessit appendix de manuscriptis Oxoniensibus. Omnia hæc, opera & studio T.I. Novi Coll. in alma Academia Oxoniensi socij. B.P.N

Oxford: Joseph Barnes, 1599

$40,000.00

Quarto: 17.3 x 12.7 cm. [8], 62, [10] pp. Collation: *4, A-I4 (complete with blank leaf H4)

The first edition to be printed in England of the first published work on bibliophily, the “love of books”. The book was written in 1345 by the English statesman, intellectual, bibliophile and book collector Richard de Bury (Aungerville), Bishop of Durham, whose collection of manuscripts numbered in the hundreds. Bury discusses various aspects of book collecting and the maintenance of a library, as well as the state of learning and scholarly practices of his age.

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Madan, Early Oxford Press, I p.47, no. 8; Pforzheimer 21; ESTC S104430; STC 959

The First Illustrated Edition of Catullus

Catullus, Gaius Valerius (Ca. 84-Ca.54 B.C.); Tibullus (Ca. 50-Ca.18 B.C.); Propertius, Sextus. (Ca. 49-Ca. 16 B.C.)
Al. Tibullus elegiarum libri quatuor: una cum Val. Catulli epigrammatis; nec non & Sex. Propertii libri quatuor elegiaci; cum suis commentarii, vz. Cyllaenii Veronensis in Tibullum; Parthenii & Palladii in Catullum, & Philippi Beroaldi in Propertium. Habes insuper emendations in ipsum Catullum per Hieronymum Avancium Veronensem.

Venice: Guilielmo de Fontaneto. Montisferrati, 1520

$5,800.00

Folio: 30.5 x 21 cm. Collation: aa4, a-c8, d10, e-k8, l6, m10, n-x8, y10 (final blank lacking.)

With the commentaries of Bernardinus Cyllenius on Tibullus; Antonius Parthenius and Palladius Fuscus on Catullus, Philippus Beroaldus on Propertius; and the Emendationesof Hieronymus Avantius on Lucretius, Catullus, the Priapeia, and Statius' Silvae.

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Sander 7315; Essling 2078; EDIT 16 CNCE 37682

“The Most Extensive Collection of Engravings of Sculpture Published in the 16th Century” -Thomas Ashby

Cavalieri, Giovanni Battista (1525-1597)
Antiquarum statuarum urbis Romae primus et secundus liber. Ludouico Madrucio S.R.E. Card amplissimo dic. Baptista de Caualleriis authore

[Rome:] no printer, no date, ca. 1574- 1584

$16,000.00

Quarto: Engraved title page and 100 engraved plates. Complete.

The publishing history: According to Thomas Ashby’s classification of the editions, the first edition of Cavalieri’s book of statues appeared before April 1561. That edition, the “Liber Primus” consisted of only 58 plates, all of which were from original drawings, except for the plates of Pasquino and Marforio, which were copied from Lafrery’s “Speculum”.

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Edit16: CNCE 10454

With 23 Woodcuts of the Canterbury Pilgrims

Chaucer, Geoffrey (d. 1400)
The Workes of Geffrey Chaucer, newlie printed, with divers addicions, whiche were never in print before: With the siege and destruccion of the worthy Citee of Thebes, compiled by Jhon Lidgate, Monke of Berie. As in the table more plainly doeth appere.

London: John Kyngston for John Wight, 1561

$68,000.00

Folio: 33 x 22 cm. [14], ccclxxviij leaves. Collation: [fleuron]⁴ [Maltese cross]⁶ A⁴, B-V⁶, 2A-2P⁶, ²Q-T⁶, ²V-X⁸, ²Y-Z⁶, 3A-3T⁶, 3V⁸. Leaves 03/4 reversed. Complete.

There were two series of woodcut illustrations used in 15thand 16thc. editions of the "Canterbury Tales": one by William Caxton, used in his 1483 edition, in 1498 by Wynkyn de Worde, and the 1532 and 1542 editions of the "Works". The second set, modeled on Caxton's, was made for Richard Pynson's 1492 edition of the "Tales". For the second Pynson edition (1526), some of the original 1492 blocks were used while others were re-cut on new blocks.

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Pforzheimer 176; ESTC S107206 (STC 5075); Langland to Wither, 42; Literature: E.P. Hammond, Chaucer, p. 119-122; David Carlson, "Woodcut Illustrations of the Canterbury Tales, 1483-1602", The Library, Vol. s6-19, Issue 1 (1 March, 1997), pages 25-67; David Carlson, "Woodcut Illustrations in Early Printed Editions of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales", in Chaucer Illustrated: Five Hundred Years of The Canterbury Tales in Pictures; Joe Dane, "Press-Variants in John Stow's Chaucer (1561) and the Text of Adam Scriveyn" (with Seth Lerer). Transactions of the Cambridge Bibliographical Society 11 (1999): 468-79.

Printed on the Puritan Separatist Press at Amsterdam

Clifton, Richard (ca. 1553-1616)
The Plea for Infants and Elder People, concerning their Baptisme. Or a processe of the passages between M. John Smyth and Richard Clyfton: wherein, first is proved, that the baptising of Infants of beleevers, is an ordinance of God. Secondly, that the rebaptising of such, as have been formerly baptised in the Apostate Churches of Christians, is utterly unlawful

Amsterdam: Gyles Thorp, 1610

$9,600.00

Quarto: 18.5 x 14.5 cm. [20], 226 [2] p. Collation: *-**4, ***2, A-Z4, Aa-Ee4, Ff2

Provenance: Richard Clifton (1642-1664), son of Zachary Clifton (born 1589), and grandson of Richard Clifton, the author of the present work, with ownership inscriptions to front and rear of the volume. Zachary Clifton returned with his family to England in 1651 during the Commonwealth era, and died in 1671.

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STC 5450; ESTC online locates 8 copies: British Library, Cambridge University Trinity College, Lambeth Palace, Bodleian; Yale, Harvard, Union Theological Seminary (NY), American Baptist Samuel Colgate Historical Library (GA.)

One of the Most Beautiful Illustrated Books of the 16th Century

Colonna, Francesco (1433-1527)
Hypnerotomachie ou Discours du songe de Poliphile. Deduisant comme Amour le combat à l'occasion de Polia

Paris: [Jean Le Blanc] Pour Jaques Kerver à la Licorne, rue S. Jaques, 1561

$45,000.00

Folio: 33.5 x 21.4 cm. Collation: a6, A-Z6, Aa-Bb6, Cc8

Third and best French edition of Aldus Manutius’ celebrated “Hypnerotomachia Poliphili”, one of the most beautiful illustrated books produced in 16th century France, commissioned by Jacques Gohory (1520-1576), translated by Jean Martin (d. ca. 1553), and dedicated to Henri II de Lénoncourt, Comte de Nanteuil le Haudouin (d. ca. 1555). The identity of the artists who made the illustrations for this edition, which are designed after those of the original from 1499, is still debated, but Jean Goujon (ca.

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Mortimer, (Harvard, French) I, 147. Brunet, IV, 779. Cf. Davies, Fairfax Murray French 99; Jean Martin, Un traducteur au temps de François Ier et de Henri II (Cahiers V.-L. Saulnier, 16), Paris, 1999. D. Cordellier, Luca Penni, un disciple de Raphaël à Fontainebleau, Paris, 2012, pp. 111-113

A Landmark in the Development of French Cuisine

COOKING. FOOD & DRINK. Massialot, François, (ca. 1660-1733)
Le nouveau cuisinier royal et bourgeois : qui apprend a ordonner toute sorte de repas en gras & en maigre, & la meilleure maniere des ragoûts les plus délicats & les plus à la mode, & toutes sortes de pâtisseries : avec des nouveaux desseins de tables ... [3 volumes].

Paris: Claude Prudhomme, 1733 [and] 1730

$6,500.00

Duodecimo: : 16.1 x 9.8 cm. Vol. I: a2, e4, A-Vv8/4, Xx2. [and 11 added plates] Vol. II: π1, A-Z8/4, Aa-Xx8/4. Vol. III: π2, A-Z8/4, Aa-Hh8/4, Ii2 [and 12 added plates]

"Le cuisinier roial et bourgeois"

"François Massialot was at home in all three culinary métiers: cuisine, pâtisserie, and confectionery, which made him a rarity in any generation in any country.

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See Cagle, Matter of taste (2nd ed.), no. 318, who erroneously calls the 1733-4 edition the first to include the 3rd volume. Not in Oberlé, Les Fastes de Bacchus et de Comus.

Defending Cromwell’s Grand State Funeral

CROMWELL, OLIVER (1599-1658). Lawrence, George (bap. 1613-1696)
Peplum Olivarii, Or, A good Prince bewailed by a good people. Represented in a sermon October 13. 1658. Upon the death of Oliver, Late Lord Protector

London: printed by E[dward] M[ottershed], for Samuel Thomson at the Bishops head in Pauls Church-yard, 1658

$3,500.00

Quarto: 18 x 14 cm. [4], 36 pp. A2, B-E4, F2

“One of the surprisingly few sermons on Cromwell’s death to be published. [It] goes to a length in justifying the grand and stately funeral rites, suggesting nervousness that their propriety might be challenged.”(Holberton) The author is the clergyman George Lawrence, who probably served as an army chaplain during the Civil War and knew Cromwell. The sermon is dedicated to Cromwell’s son, Richard Cromwell.

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ESTC R207645 locates 5 copies in the UK and 4 copies in North America. Wing L659

The Monstrous Sow of Landser

Dürer, Albrecht (1471-1528)
Die Mißgeburt eines Schweins.

Germany: ca. 1496

$12,000.00

Engraving: 11.9 x 12.6 cm.

“The pig represented here refers to 'The Monstrous Pig of Landser' born on 1 March 1496 at Landser in Alsace, which is represented in a broadside by Sebastian Brant published in German and Latin editions by the Basel publisher, Johann Bergmann von Olpe: "In the year 1496 a wondrous sow was born in the village of Landser with one head, four ears, two bodies, eight feet, on six of which it stood, and with two tongues".

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Bartsch 95, Meder 82 c (of h). Schoch, Mende, & Scherbaum, “Durer Achtzig Meisterblatter” 8; High Crown watermark (Meder 20)

With an Account of Benjamin Franklin's Kite Experiment

[ELECTRICITY. FRANKLIN, BENJAMIN] Calandrelli, Giuseppe
Ragionamento sopra il conduttore elettrico Quirinale dell'abate Giuseppe Calandrelli

Rome: nella stamperia Salomoni, 1789

$4,500.00

Octavo: 20.5 x 140 cm. [2], xxxvi p.

First edition of this rare publication, dealing with the construction of the lightning conductor installed on the Quirinal Palace in Rome (in order to prevent further damage from lightning strikes.)

Calandrelli discusses the electrical experiments of other well-known scientists such as Priestley, Toaldo, Landriani, De Saussure, Reccaria, Lord Malion, and above all, those of Benjamin Franklin, including Franklin's iconic kite experiment of June 1752.

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Wheeler Gift 554

Queen Elizabeth’s Royal Injunctions of 1559 – With Injunctions Regulating the Printing of Books

[Elizabeth I, Queen of England (1533-1603)]
Iniunctions geuen by the Queenes Maiestie, anno Domini 1559, the fyrst yere of the raigne of our soueraigne lady Queene Elizabeth

No place, no printer [R. Jugge], ca. ? 1572

$6,800.00

Quarto: 18.2 x 12.3 cm. [32] p. Collation: A-D4

Extremely rare. ESTC locates 1 copy (Cambridge, St. John’s College). A total of 10 editions of the 1559 injunctions were printed between 1559 and ca. 1574 (all dates in ESTC are conjectural and marked with “?”). In aggregate, the number of copies from all editions combined that are held in North America is 7. Holdings as follows: Folger (1559?), Berkeley (1559?), Folger, Huntington, LC (1569?), Union Theological (1559?), Harvard Law (1574?)

The Royal Injunctions of 1559 were one of the five principal elements of the Elizabethan Religious Settlement, along with the Act of Supremacy, Act of Uniformity, The Thirty-Nine Articles, and The Book of Common Prayer.

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ESTC S2083; STC 10102.10

Fine’s Astronomical & Mathematical Magnum Opus

Finé, Oronce (1494-1555)
Protomathesis opus uarium, ac scitu non minus utile quàm iucundum, nunc primùm in lucem foeliciter emissum: cuius index uniuersalis, in uersa pagina continetur.

Paris: Impensis Gerardi Morrhij & Ioannis Petri, 1532

$35,000.00

Large Folio: 33.5 x 24 cm. Collation: AA8, A-L6, M-N6, O-Z8, Aa-Bb8, Cc6, Dd8 (including both blanks, F8 and N6.) Complete.

The “Protomathesis”, a universally acclaimed monument of book production and design, is profusely illustrated. The book is introduced by a fine architectural title page border with a lunette of Hercules defeating the Lernean Hydra. This is followed by the well-known full-page image of the goddess of astronomy, Urania, lecturing Finé, who holds a book and an astrolabe, beneath a spherical model of the solar system.

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Hoover 312, Lalande, p. 50; Smith, Rara Arithmetica, pp. 160-61; Stillwell, The Awakening Interest in Science during the First Century of Printing, 838

“Perhaps the First to Use a Keplerian Telescope for Regular Planetary Observation” (King)

Fontana, Francesco (1602-1656)
Novae Coelestium Terrestriumq[ue] Rerum Observationes, et fortasse hactenus non vulgatae à Francisco Fontana, specillis a se inventis, et ad summam perfectionem perductis editae.

Naples: Apud Gaffarum, Mense Februarii, 1646

$85,000.00

A truly remarkable work, the  “Observationes” has been called the first true lunar atlas (preceding that of Hevelius by one year.) Moreover, the work includes the first illustrations of the planet Mars made from telescopic observation (in 1636 and 1638). The first chapter includes a very early history of the telescope. Fontana claims to have invented both the “Keplerian” telescope (composed of two convex lenses) in 1608, and the compound microscope (consisting of two converging lenses, one functioning as objective, the other as eyepiece) in 1618; while his claims to have invented these instruments have been proven untrue, Fontana did in fact construct and use both of these instruments and with them he observed Mars, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, and the Moon; as well as fleas, flies, ants, bees and human hairs.

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Carli and Favaro 211; Houzeau and Lancaster II, 1328; Riccardi I/1 467 (‘raro ed apprezzato’); Literature: King, The History of the Telescope p. 46; Clay, The History of the Microscope p. 9; Ashworth, The Face of the Moon: Galileo to Apollo, p. 4)