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Miniature Rarity at PBA Galleries Auction 2/19

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  • Greg Jung
    Galilei, Galileo. Galileo a Madama Cristina di Lorena (1615) Padua: Tipogr. Salmin, 1896 (colophon dated 1897) 205, [2] pp. Portrait. 17x10mm, original printed
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      Galilei, Galileo. Galileo a Madama Cristina di Lorena (1615)

      Padua: Tipogr. Salmin, 1896 (colophon dated 1897)

      205, [2] pp. Portrait. 17x10mm, original printed wrappers. Housed in a
      custom slipcase. First Miniature Edition. First published in 1636, some
      twenty-one years after it was written, the letter, to his friend and
      patron Madama di Lorenza, argues for the harmony of religion and
      science. "For many years this tiny book which is only half the size of
      an ordinary postage stamp was considered the smallest printed from
      movable type" - Bondy pp. 95-96. The text is set in the exceedingly
      small "occhio di mosca" (fly's eye) Dantino type created by Salmin
      for their miniature edition of Dante (1878). Mikrobiblion 103; Spielmann
      161; Welsh 2935. Condition: Wrappers a bit worn at extremities but
      overall near fine.

      Estimate $3000 to $5000

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