Galileo Galilei (1564-1642)
Dialogo sopra i due massimi sistemi del mondo, Florence, 1632
Florence, Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale, B.R. 171, frontispiece
A scientific and literary masterpiece, the Dialogue was denounced to the Tribunal of the Inquisition shortly after it was published. Following its author's conviction for "vehement suspicion of heresy" and his subsequent abjuration, the work was banned. The frontispiece relates an imaginary dialogue between Aristotle, Ptolemy and Copernicus on world systems.