Galileo’s Daughter, Sobel, Dava

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Galileo’s Daughter, Sobel, Dava. Viking/Penguin Books Canada, New York, 1999.  First Edition. 8vo – over 7¾” – 9¾” tall. 420 pages with black and white illustrations, genealogical table, bibliography, notes and index. Quarter brown over mint green stamped boards with gilt spine titles; rough-cut fore-edge. Light top edge ruffle to unclipped jacket and otherwise in fine condition without marks, tears or folds. Biography of Italian astronomer, Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) and his illegitimate daughter, Sister Maria Celeste (1600-1634). “Sobel bases her book on 124 surviving letters to the scientist from the nun, whom Galileo described as “a woman of exquisite mind, singular goodness, and tenderly attached to me.” Their loving correspondence revealed much about their world including the agonies of the bubonic plague, the hardships of monastic life”. 000771. $20


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