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Amstelodami, Andrea Frisius, 1675.4 works bound in 1 volume, each with title page. No. 1. EXPERIMENTA CIRCA RES DIVERSAS. Translated from Italian into Latin, FIRST EDITION IN LATIN, 1675. 12mo, approximately 135 x 75 mm, 5ΒΌ x 3 inches, additional engraved pictorial title page by Coenraad Decker, pictorial printer's device on printed title page, 14 engraved plates of which 10 folding, pages: [4], 193, [15], 111, [9], 72, bound in full contemporary vellum, old hand lettering to spine, all edges red. Vellum darkened, lettering worn on spine, a few surface cracks to spine, title written neatly on fore - edges, some old ink notes on verso front endpaper, otherwise a clean tight copy. Francesco Redi (1626 ?" 1697) was an Italian physician, naturalist, and poet born in Arezzo. He was court physician to Ferdinando II de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany and his successor, Cosimo III. His researches gained him membership of the Accademia dei Lincei. He was well known in his day for a series of experiments on the generation of insects, working in particular with maggots. He also discovered how vipers reproduced and how to extract their venom to study its effect on the body. The present work is divided into 4 sections, 2, 3 and 4 each with divisional title page, Section 1: Experimenta circa varias res naturales; Section 2: Observationes de Viperis; Section 3: Epistola ad aliquas oppositiones factas in suas Observationes circa viperas; Section 4: Observationes Circa illas Guttalas & Fila ex Vitro. The illustrations to Section 1 include armadillo, mermaid, iguana, plants, exotic fruit and nuts of various kinds. Bound with No.2. DE AVE DIOMEDEA DISSERTATIO, cum vera eius effigie avi incisa ex Museo D. Friderici Lachmund Hildesheim, by FRIEDRICH LACHMUND, Amstelodami, apud Andream Frisium, 1674. Latin text, 5 engraved plates, of which 4 folding, pages: 52, [8]. Some pale damp staining to title page, small light brown stain to 1 lower margin, faint offsetting on folding plates, small closed tear to inner margin of 2 folding plates neatly repaired on blank verso. This rare work on the albatross is one of the earliest monographs on a single bird. One plate shows a portrait of the whole bird, the others show parts of its anatomy. Bound with No. 3. ANATOMIA ARTIFICIALIS OCULI HUMANI INVENTA & RECENS FABRICATA by GIOVANNI BATTISTA VERLE, Amstelaedami, apud Henricum Wetstenium, 1680. First Latin edition, small printer's device on title page, 7 engraved plates, pages: [8], 63, [1]. Small dark spot on 1 plate, no loss of image, otherwise clean. This work, first published in Italian in 1679, describes the artificial eye designed and produced by the author. Verle made the anatomical model in Venice with the help of Antonio Molinetti, who was Professor of Anatomy at the University of Padua. Surviving examples are carved from ivory, but Verle also planned to make gold versions. The 7 plates show images of the anatomy of the eye. Krivatsy, 17th Century Medical Books, No. 12301; Wellcome Library, Volume V, page 343. Bound with No.4. TRACTATUS PHYSICUS DE TARANTULA In quo praeter ejus descriptionem, effectus veneni tarantulae, qui hactenus fuerunt occultis qualitatibus adscripti, rationibus naturalibus deducuntur & illustrantur by WOLFERDUS SENGUERDIUS, Leiden, Gaasbeeckios, 1668. Engraved pictorial title page, showing spiders, Latin text, 87 pages including title pages, the text runs from page 13 - 70, page 71 is a divisional title for Senguerd's ORATIO INAUGURALIS given in December 1667 on being awarded his doctorate. Some pages lightly browned, small ink note in 1 margin. A very good copy of a rare pamphlet. In 1667 Senguerd (1646 - 1724) had published Disputatio philosophica inauguralis de tarantula (4to, 30 pages). Our book is a reprint of the earlier work with new facts and errors corrected. Senguerd describes the spiders, the nature and effects of their venom, and the dance named after them. Krivatsy, No. 10902; Wellcome Library, Volume V, page 87. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING, ALL ZOOMABLE. FURTHER IMAGES ON REQUEST. POSTAGE AT COST.
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