The Works of Galileo

Starry Messenger (1610)

Sidereus Nuncius, title page

The title page (Figure 1) announces the four satellites, but reserves the largest type for the new name, Medicean stars. Galileo was hot property, an instant celebrity, and within months he was back in Florence installed in Cosimo’s court.

This copy is inscribed by Galileo as a gift to a poet in the Medici court.

Exhibit revised 11/16/04.

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Galileo, 1610. Title page.

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