Dialogo de Cecco di Ronchitti da Bruzene in perpuosito de la stella Nuova

Dialogo de Cecco di Ronchitti da Bruzene in perpuosito de la stella Nuova (Dialogue of Cecco di Ronchitti of Brugine concerning the New star) is the title of an early 17th-century pseudonymous pamphlet ridiculing the views of an aspiring Aristotelian philosopher, Antonio Lorenzini da Montepulciano,[2] on the nature and properties of Kepler's Supernova, which had appeared in October 1604. The pseudonymous Dialogue was written in the coarse language of a rustic Paduan dialect,[3] and first published in about March, 1605, in Padua. A second edition was published later the same year in Verona.[4] Antonio Favaro republished the contents of the pamphlet in its original language in 1881, with annotations and a commentary in Italian,[5] and an English translation was published by Stillman Drake[6] in 1976.

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Title page of first (Paduan) edition
Authorattributed to Galileo Galilei or Girolamo Spinelli or both as co-authors
Original titleDialogo de Cecco di Ronchitti da Bruzene in perpuosito de la stella Nuova
LanguagePaduan dialect
Published
  • 1605 by Pietro Paolo[1] Tozzi, Padua (1st ed.)
  • 1605 by Bartolomeo Merlo, Verona (2nd ed.)
Original text
Dialogo de Cecco di Ronchitti da Bruzene in perpuosito de la stella Nuova at the Open library

Scholars agree that the pamphlet was written either by Galileo Galilei or one of his followers, Girolamo Spinelli, or by both in collaboration, but do not agree on the extent of the contribution—if any—made by each of them to its composition.

FootnotesEdit

  1. ^ On the title page of this edition the second part of the publisher's forename appears in the much less common form "Paulo", a dialectal variant of "Paolo" from the Latin "Paulus".
  2. ^ Favaro (1881, pp.210ff). Lorenzini had espoused his views in a booklet, Discorso intorno alla nuova stella, published in Padua at the beginning of 1605
  3. ^ Drake (1976, pp.ix, 23–24, 45)
  4. ^ Favaro (1881, pp.195–237), Drake (1976, pp.1–32).
  5. ^ Favaro (1881, pp.239–271)
  6. ^ Drake (1976, pp.33–53)

BibliographyEdit

  • Drake, Stillman; Galilei, Galileo; Spinelli, Girolamo (1976), Galileo against the Philosophers, Los Angeles: Zeitlin & Ver Brugge
  • Favaro, Antonio; Galilei, Galileo; Spinelli, Girolamo (1881), "Galileo Galilei ed il «Dialogo de Cecco di Ronchitti da Bruzene in perpuosito de la Stella Nuova»" [Galileo Galilei and the "Dialogue of Cecco di Ronchitti of Brugine concerning the New Star"], Atti del Reale Istituto Veneto di scienze, lettere ed arti, vol. 7 (in Italian), ser. 5: 195–276