Galilei, Galileo, The systems of the world, 1661

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              Ptolomey
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              and
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              Copernicus
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              were they that have had the honour to
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              ſee fartheſt into, and diſcourſe moſt profoundly of the
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              Worlds
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              Syſteme.
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              About the Works of which famous Men theſe Dia­
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              lous being chiefly converſant, I conceived it my duty to De­
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              dicate them only to
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              Your Highneſs.
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              For laying all the weight
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              upon theſe two, whom I hold to be the Ableſt Wits that
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              have left us their Works upon theſe Subjects; to avoid a Sole­
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              ciſmein Manners, I was obliged to addreſs them to Him, who
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              with me, is the Greateſt of all Men, from whom they can re­
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              ceive either Glory or Patrociny. </s>
              <s>And if theſe two perſons
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              have ſo farre illuminated my Underſtanding as that this my
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              Book may in a great part be confeſſed to belong to them, well
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              may it alſo be acknowledged to belong to
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              Your Highneſs,
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              unto
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              whoſe Bounteous Magnificence I owe the time and leaſure I
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              had to write it, as alſo unto Your Powerful Aſſiſtance, (never
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              weary of honouring me) the means that at length I have had
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              to publiſh it. </s>
              <s>May
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              Your Highneſs
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              therefore be pleaſed to accept
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              of it according to Your accuſtomed Goodneſs; and if any
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              thing ſhall be found therein, that may be ſubſervient towards
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              the information or ſatisfaction of thoſe that are Lovers of
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              Truth; let them acknowledge it to be due to
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              Your Self,
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              who are
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              ſo expert in doing good, that Your Happy Dominion cannot
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              ſhew the man that is concerned in any of thoſe general Cala­
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              mities that diſturb the World; ſo that Praying for Your Proſpe­
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              rity, and continuance in this Your Pious and Laudable Cu­
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              ſtome, I humbly kiſs Your Hands;</s>
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              Your Moſt Serene Highneſſes
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              <s>Moſt Humble and moſt devoted</s>
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              <s>Servant and Subject</s>
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              <s>GALILEO GALILEI.</s>
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