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De neomeniis Salomonis perpetvis. Libri Dvo. Quorum prior totam neomeniarum rationem ex sacrae Scripturae fonte ... explicat; Posterior vero Calendarium Gregorianum exacte complectens ...; Opus Theologicum, Mathematicum, & Naturale contra Hebraeos, & Haereticos. Ad S. D. N. Clementem VIII. p. o. M. 2 parts in 1 volume. Vici Aeqvensis, J. J. Carlinus & A. Pace 1599. gr.-8°. 32, 224 pp.; pp. 225-331, 21 (instead of 23) pp. with 2 woodcut title vignettes, illustr. woodcut initials & numerous tables. Flex. Prgt. d. Zt. with calligr. title on spine. (Closing bands missing, browned, somewhat rubbed). CNCE 23778. - First edition. - Rare work by the Dominican Father Minerva (1560-1645) on the Gregorian and Hebrew calendars, directed against the Jews and heretics. Also includes a brief note on p. 276 about the observations of N. Copernicus. - "Little is known about the Domonican Paolo Minerva (Bari, 1560-Naples, 1645), teacher, preacher and author of works on natural philosophy. Thondike traced an anti-Copernican strand in his De praecognoscendis (1616), due to the reading of Gilbert's De magnete. In his early days, he was a friend to Giovan Vincenzo Della Porta and his De neomeniis (1599) reveals that he supported the Copernican tables underlying the calender reform" (M. Miele, Le certezze Anticopernicane di Paolo Minerva e le loro radici, in Bruniana & Campanelliana, Vol. 11, No. 1, p. 207). - Title page with old backed lack (no loss of text), without the last leaf (Errata u. Regestum), pp. 309-312 with 4 ink stains (some loss of text), otherwise well preserved and clean.

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