Galilei’s Le operazioni del compasso geometrico e militare

Galilei’s Le operazioni del compasso geometrico e militare

850 euros

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GALILEI (Galileo), Le operazioni del compasso geometrico e militare […] con le annotazione di Mattia Bernaggieri, Milano, 1741

8vo of 64, [2], 59-72, 81-134, (2) pages and one large folding plate ; contemporary boards (spine consolidated with strong paper).

A fine copy, one tear in the inner fold of the engraving but fine.


Unusual last and largest Italian edition, the fourth of the “Operazioni del compasso” first published in 1606 without illustration (certainly for commercial reasons).

In 1612, Matthias Bernegger published an unauthorized translation where he added an extensive section explaining in greater detail the construction and use of the compass. The 1612 edition was published again, still in latine, in 1635.

In 1639, appeared a second Italian edition, a third in all, but without the Bernegger’s additions.

Finally, in 1741 (the present edition), the Bernegger’s commentaries was translated in Italian and published to give the largest Italian edition of Galilei’s Operazioni del compasso.


Quite rare and a fine copy.

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