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Bassi, Agostino
Del mal del segno calcinaccio o moscardino mallatia che affligge i bachi da seta e sul modo de liberarne le bigattaje anche le piu infestate. 2 parts in 1
Lodi: Tipografia Orcesi, 1835. Bassi, Agostino (1773-1856). Del mal del segno calcinaccio o moscardino malattia che affligge i bachi da seta e sul modo de liberarne le bigattaje anche le piu infestate. 2 vols. in 1. [8], v-xi, 67; xiv, 60pp. Lodi: Tipografia Orcesi, 1835-36. 218 x 140 mm. 19th century half morocco, gilt spine, marbled boards, light edgewear. Mild foxing on first and last few leaves, but near fine otherwise. 19th-century engraved armorial bookplate of Baron Bizzini. First Edition. Bassi was the first to prove that a fatal disease-the silkworm disease known as muscardine or calcinaccio-was caused by a microorganism. His pioneering and influential work, which preceded Pasteur's by over two decades, helped to destroy the notion of spontaneous generation and laid the foundation for the germ theory of disease. This work was probably printed in a small edition and has been rare on the market for many years. This is the first copy we have handled in more than fifty years of experience. The work is not in the Bibliotheca Osleriana, the Bibliotheca Walleriana, John Martin's Heirs of Hippocrates, the catalogue of Harvey Cushing's library or the H. F. Norman library catalogue. A lawyer with a strong interest in science, Bassi spent over twenty years studying muscardine, which is characterized by a white efflorescence or dust that appears on the bodies of infected silkworms. Accepting at first the common belief that the disease originated spontaneously, Bassi conducted numerous experiments to discover whether it was caused by environmental factors such as type of f … [Click Below for Full Description]
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