LETTERE FAMILIARI...Divise in due Parti by MAGALOTTI, Lorenzo (1637-1712)

LETTERE FAMILIARI...Divise in due Parti

Venezia (Venice): Sebastiano Coleti, 1732. Second edition (first was in 1719). Octavo, quarter bound in leather and marbled boards, blue page edges. pp (xvi), 420 + mounted frontispiece; illustrated title page. Lower outer corner of front cover bumped, a bit worn; cracked front inner hinge neatly repaired; slight foxing mainly early and late; two small ink spots on pp 93-94 (affecting only two letters partially); else a VG clean and tight copy. With bookplate of noted Galileo scholar Stillman Drake. Magalotti, born to a noble Florentine family, served as a diplomat. "First a Galilean, then a free-thinker and friend of Saint-Évremond, and finally a follower of Pierre Gassendi's (1692-1655) corpuscularian philosophy, Magalotti experienced the contrast between the new science and religious orthodoxy to the full. He espoused ascetic practices that, for a while, led him to take the habit of the congregation of San Filippo Neri. The tension between new science and religious orthodoxy informs his anti-atheist Lettere familiari." - brunelleschi.imss.fi.it/itineraries/biography/LorenzoMagalotti.html

Book ID: 33578
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