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Ms. Codex 369 - Galilei, Galileo, 1564-1642 - Lettera a Madama Cristina di Lorena, Granduchessa di Toscana
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Author:
Galilei, Galileo, 1564-1642.
Title:
Lettera a Madama Cristina di Lorena, Granduchessa di Toscana [manuscript].
Origin:
[Italy, after 1615]
Physical description:
58 leaves : paper, ill. ; 218 x 157 (158 x 109) mm. bound to 222 x 162 mm.
Language(s):
Italian, with a few quotations in Latin.
Summary:
Letter to Maria Cristina, consort of Ferdinand I, de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, in defense of the Copernican system. Cf. his Opera, v. 5 (Florence, 1895), pp. 307-348. This may perhaps be one of a number of manuscript copies, not in Galileo's hand, which were circulated among scholars.
Provenance:
Formerly owned by Francis Campbell Macauley (bookplate, inside upper cover).
Related names:
Christine, of Lorraine, Grand Duchess, consort of Ferdinand I, Grand Duke of Tuscany, 1565-1636, recipient.
Macauley, Francis Campbell, former owner.
Subject:
Copernicus, Nicolaus, 1473-1543 Criticism and interpretation.
Astronomy - Early works to 1800.
Religion and science - Early works to 1800.
Form / Genre:
Codices.
Manuscripts, Italian - 17th century.
Manuscripts, European.
Notes:
Ms. codex.
Title from Zacour-Hirsch Catalogue, no overall title in manuscript.
Foliation: Paper, i (modern paper) + 59 + i (modern paper); [1-59]; modern foliation in pencil, upper right recto. Catchwords on each page, lower right corner.
Layout: Written in 18 lines.
Script: Written in cursive script by a single hand.
Decoration: Engraved portrait of Galilei (Piroli sc.) inserted as frontispiece.
Binding: Half vellum.
Origin: Written in Italy after 1615 (Zacour-Hirsch).
Incipit: Alla serenissima madama la Gran Duchessa...
Indexed / Referenced in:
Described in Zacour, Norman P. and Hirsch, Rudolf. Catalogue of Manuscripts in the Libraries of the University of Pennsylvania to 1800 (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1965), p. 118 (Ms. Italian 128).
Cite as:
UPenn Ms. Codex 369
Manuscript location:
Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, University of Pennsylvania, Ms. Codex 369

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Collection: Other
Facsimile: Yes
Illuminated: No
Illustrated: Yes
Notated: No
Language: Italian
Century: 17th century
Date: 1615
Genre: Codices
Genre: Manuscripts, European
Genre: Manuscripts, Italian - 17th century
Subject: Astronomy
Subject: Copernicus, Nicolaus, 1473-1543
Subject: Criticism and interpretation
Subject: Early works to 1800
Subject: Religion and science
Author: Galilei, Galileo, 1564-1642
Related names: Christine, of Lorraine, Grand Duchess, consort of Ferdinand I, Grand Duke of Tuscany, 1565-1636, recipient
Related names: Macauley, Francis Campbell, former owner
Page material: Paper