Congratulations to Alesia, who, on Friday, received her official invitation to serve as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ghana from February 2014 to April 2016. She will be working as a Health Educator in Ghana’s Health Program. Some of her primary duties will include: facilitating the process to bring clean water and sanitation facilities to communities, as well as promoting and improving existing facilities; increasing food security in Ghana through improving nutrition and food utilization in rural communities; teaching on topics such as hygiene, sexual reproductive health and family planning, HIV/AIDS, malaria, and diarrhea disease in schools, communities, or other settings; serving as an advocate for her adopted Ghanaian community for needed resources; and participating in a variety of other projects. Alesia graduated this past spring with a BS in Anthropology and a minor in International Studies; and an Honors BS in Biology with an emphasis in Cell and Molecular Biology and a minor in Chemistry. She has worked in the Rare Books Division since September 2009, the longest, by far, she says, that she has ever stayed with one job. Which means, of course, that she will miss us as much as we will miss her. She just doesn’t know it yet.
astronomy, Copernicus, dialogo, Galileo, heliocentric, Index, Inquisition, Italian, Landini, Latin, mathematics, medicine, Padua, philosophy, Pisa, Ptolemaic, Roman Catholic Church, solar system, telescope, vernacular
Dialogo Di Galileo Galilei Linceo Matematico Sopraordinario Dello Stvdio de Pisa
Galileo Galilei (1564-1642)
Fiorenza: Per Gio Batista Landini, 1632
Born in Pisa in 1564, Galileo studied medicine, mathematics, and philosophy. In 1592 he was appointed to the Chair of Mathematics in Padua. His early research was mainly on motion, particularly of falling bodies, but he became interested in astronomy. He developed a new type of telescope. Much of Galileo’s early work proved the theories of Copernicus, of which the Roman Catholic Church disapproved, placing an injunction not to hold or defend Copernican doctrine. Galileo ignored the injunction with the publication of Dialogo. Galileo’s Dialogo is a scientific and philosophical affirmation of the Copernican heliocentric theory over the earth-centered Ptolemaic theory of the solar system. Written in a literary style, Galileo deliberately chose to write this work in vernacular Italian rather than scholarly Latin in order to reach a mass audience. The topic made Galileo a threat to the authority of the Roman Catholic Church. It was this book that brought Galileo before the Inquisition in 1633, where he was forced to recant his views. He was put under permanent house arrest. Dialogo was placed on the Index of prohibited book where it remained until 1835. Publication took place between June 1631 and February 1632. The first printing numbered 1000 copies of 500 pages. This printing sold out before the end of September when it was banned by the Pope. Illustrated. University of Utah copy edges untrimmed.
Aesop, copper, drafting film, etching, fables, George Fyler Townsend, goat vellum, Grafix, Joel Tabachnick, laser print, letterpress, line art, Mary Laird, Mohawk, Pergamom, Quelquefois Press, Samantha Hamady, Susi Schneider
Seven of Aesop’s Fables
Berkeley, CA: Quelquefois Press, 2008
Z239 Q39 A37 2008
Translation by Rev. George Fyler Townsend. From the colophon: “Samantha Hamady created the whimsical line art for the text. Joel Tabachnick coaxed the likes of an ancient copper box from an old etching plate in my closet. And I, Mary Laird, teamed up an ounce of my letterpress with a pound of alligator computer, to laser print this book on Mohawk 100 # text and Grafix drafting film. Susi Schneider gave me the goat vellum from Pergamom tanners which I used for the binding…” Edition of six copies. University of Utah copy is no. 4.