([London]: Nonesuch Press, 1929). 208 x 134 mm. (8 1/8 x 5 1/4"). x, 138 pp.,  leaf (colophon). Translated by John Glanvill, with a prologue by David Garnett. No. 667 of 1,600 copies.
Publisher's flexible vellum, upper cover with gilt astrological design, flat spine with vertical titling, edges untrimmed and two-thirds of the leaves UNOPENED. In the original (slightly worn) green paper slipcase printed with gold stars. Eight astrological decorations designed by T. L. Poulton and stencilled at the Curwen Press in blue, gray, and gold. Front pastedown with neat pencilled signature of M. Slocum, Pasadena. Dreyfus 65. A touch of browning to untrimmed edges, otherwise a very fine copy, virtually unchanged from the day it was issued.
Described by press founder Francis Meynell as "a little peach of a book," this discussion on the heliocentric universe was one of the significant works of the Enlightenment. First published in 1686, it takes the form of a conversation between a philosopher and a marquise on scientific theories about the cosmos, and it was credited for stimulating public interest in astronomy. The playful astrological ornaments and colorful stencils make this fine translation especially charming. (ST15053i)
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