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Buonanni, F.
Ricreatione dell' occhio e della mente nell' osseruation delle Chiocciole, proposta a' curiosi delle opere della natura. Con quattrocento, e cinquanta figure di testacei diuersi, sopra cui si spiegano molti curiosi problemi.
Roma, Varese, 1681. In two volumes (text and plates). 4to (23.7 x 17.2 cm). I (text). Engraved allegorical title; letterpress title, [xiv], 384, [xv] pp.; four engraved plates (opposite p. 50, 51, 59, 316), several text engravings; II (atlas). Engraved allegorical title; engraved section title to part IV; engraved title to Classe prima, six plates with figs 1-20); engraved title to Classe seconda, 23 plates with figs 1-100); and engraved title to Classe terza, followed by 77 plates with figs 1-266, 268-311, 315-314 [recte 312-313], 314-319), for a total of 110 plates, and six engraved titles. Contemporary uniform full vellum. Spines with four raised bands and contemporary script title in ink. All edges blue. = The first-Italian-edition of this influential first work entirely devoted to shells and malacology. Written by the Italian Jesuit priest and writer Filippo Bonanni, or Buonanni (1638-1725), with fine engravings by Giovanni Francesco Venturini (1650-1710) after original drawings by Buonanni-or Bonanni-himself. First published in 1681, it anticipates both in time and subject matter the Historia Conchiliorum (1685-1692) of Martin Lister (1638-1712). Even the second-Latin-edition (published in 1684) precedes Lister's work. Its quality is beyond questioning, although Dance (1986: 21) rated Lister's work above the first work purely devoted to conchology. Dance, however, fails to substantiate this claim. His quote from another Briton, Johnston (1850), "his volume contains not a single fact additional to the stock of knowledge in his own province", is peculiar: the many fine … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Antiquariaat Schierenberg [Amsterdam, Netherlands]
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