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Stillman Drake Galileo Collection
University of Toronto, Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library

Galileo; Physical science; Astronomy

The collection was established in 1979. It was acquired through purchase and donation largely from the collection of the noted Galileo scholar, Stillman Drake.

The collection is one of the best collections outside of Florence on the works of Galileo and his contemporaries in the physical and astronomical sciences. Works of Ptolemy and Copernicus are included. Earliest editions of Galileo's works, including the 1632 Dialogo and the 1638 Discorsi, are among the items in the collection.

Multilingual. Critical works are primarily English, French, German, and Italian.

630 volumes. Stillman Drake's personal collection of 10,000 volumes, on deposit at the library, is being incorporated gradually.

Bibliographic Access
The collection is catalogued. A shelf list of the collection is available. Stillman Drake's own collection is also accessible. Reference sources include: A. Carli and A. Favaro's Bibliografia Galileiana, 1568-1895 (Roma, 1896); G. Boffito's Bibliografia Galileiana, 1896-1940 (Roma, 1943); D. Cinti's Biblioteca Galileiana (Firenze, 1957). All are annoted to show the library's holdings. There is also an exhibition catalogue (see below).

Physical Access
The collection is open to the public with identification. For further information visit:

Interlibrary Loan: No.

Reprography: As the condition of the material warrants.

Reference Assistance: Yes.

Publications Describing Collection
Galileo and scientific controversy. -- Toronto: Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, 1980.