First Edition
BRUNO, Giordano. Progressu et Lampade Venatoria Logicorum. Wittenberg: Z. Crato , 1587.
First edition. Small octavo (5 3/8 x 3 3/8 inches; 136 x 85 mm). [16], 79 [i.e. 80] leaves. Signatures: A-F8. Numerous errors in pagination. Woodcut diagrams in the text. Woodcut ornament on title-page. and tail-piece. Decorative woodcut initials. We could find no other copies at auction besides the present copy in over 60 years.

Nineteenth-century vellum, yapp edges. Vellum with minor soiling. Bound without free endpapers. Bound tight. Leaves very lightly toned, but generally a near fine copy.

"In this work, Bruno advocated a technique for discovery through pure thought, influenced by the methodology of Raymond Lull.." (The Galileo Affair, University of Oklahoma Libraries, History of Science.)

"Giordano Bruno, original name Filippo Bruno, byname Il Nolano, (born 1548, Nola, near Naples [Italy]ódied February 17, 1600, Rome), Italian philosopher, astronomer, mathematician, and occultist whose theories anticipated modern science. The most notable of these were his theories of the infinite universe and the multiplicity of worlds, in which he rejected the traditional geocentric (Earth-centred) astronomy and intuitively went beyond the Copernican heliocentric (Sun-centred) theory, which still maintained a finite universe with a sphere of fixed stars." (Brittanica)

"In 1585-86 he returned with Castelnau to Paris, where his anti-Aristotelian views were taken up by the college of Cambrai, but was soon driven from his refuge, and we next find him at Marburg and Wittenberg, the headquarters of Lutheranism. There is a tradition that here or in England he embraced the Protestant faith; nothing in his writings would lead one to suppose so. Several works, chiefly logical, appeared during his stay at Wittenberg (De Lampade combinatoria Lulliana, 1587, and De Progressu et Lampade venatoria logicorum, 1587)."(NNDM dot com)

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