V.I. – Starry Messenger

Beautiful edition of Starry Messenger or Sidereus Nuncius, March 1610.

From the magic History of Science timeline, posted under the title Images of Revolutionary Discoveries Concerning the Universe. Words from the experts

The Sidereus Nuncius described and illustrated with copperplate engravings the first astronomical observations made through a telescope. Its images provided revolutionary new information about the universe…

…Sidereus Nuncius contained only the bare facts of Galileo’s observations without any overt reference to the controversial Copernican theory, yet it aroused sensation among the European learned community, for it provided the first hard evidence that the Aristotelian-Ptolemaic view of the universe contained inaccuracies.

Can see copy on Rare Book Room.

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