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GALILEO GALILEI.

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2 vols. Demy Svo. Cloth, 325. "HE RENAISSANCE OF ART IN FRANCE. By

Mrs. MARK PATTISON. With Nineteen Steel Engravings.

THE

2 vols. Demy Svo. Cloth, 245. 'HE CIVILIZATION OF THE PERIOD OF THE

RENAISSANCE IN ITALY. By JACOB BURCKHARDT. Authorized Translation by S. G. C. MIDDLEMORE.

“The whole of the first part of Dr. Burckhardt's work deals with what may be called the Political Preparation for the Renaissance. It is impossible here to do more than express a high opinion of the compact way in which the facts are put before the reader.

The second volume of Dr. Burckhardt's work is, we think, more full and complete in itse f, more rich in original thought, than the first. His account of the causes which prevented the rise of a great Italian drama is very clear and satisfying.”—Saturday Review.

LONDON: C. KEGAN PAUL & CO., I, PATERNOSTER SQUARE.

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LONDON:
C. KEGAN PAUL & CO., I, PATERNOSTER SQUARE.

1879.

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LETTER TO THE TRANSLATOR. .

MADAM,

It is the desire of every author, every prosecutor of research, that the products of his labours, the results of his studies, should be widely circulated. This desire arises, especially in the case of one who has devoted himself to research, not only from a certain egotism which clings to us all, but from the wish that the laborious researches of years, often believed to refute old and generally-received errors, should become the common property of as many as possible.

The author of the present work is no exception to these general rules; and it therefore gives him great pleasure, and fills him with gratitude, that you, Madam, should have taken the trouble to translate the small results of his studies into the language of Newton, and thus have rendered them more accessible to the English nation.

But little more than two years have elapsed since the book first appeared in Germany, but this period has been a most important one for researches into the literature relating to Galileo.

In the year 1869 Professor Domenico Berti obtained permission to inspect and turn to account the Acts of Galileo's Trial carefully preserved in the Vatican, and in 1876 he published a portion of these important documents, which

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