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Marosticensis medici de balsamo dialogus in quo verissima balsami plantae, opobalsami, carpobalsami, & xilobalsami cognitio plerisq; antiquorum atq; iuniorum medicorum occulta nunc elucescit. [etc.]
Sub Signum Leonis, Venice 1591 - (198 x 138 mm). 26 pp. + [2], Latin text, woodcut device on title, two large woodcut illustration, ornamental initials, headpieces; light browning. Modern vellum-backed boards (new endpapers). From the Giancarlo Library of Scientific Books, Sub signum Leonis [heirs of C.T. Navó]. Reprint of a treatise on the qualities of the balsamum tree, first published in Venice in 1511. After obtaining his doctor's degree in 1578, Alpini settled as a physician in Campo San Pietro, a small town in the Paduan territory. But his tastes were botanical, and to extend his knowledge of exotic plants he travelled to Egypt in 1580 as physician to George Emo or Hemi, the Venetian consul in Cairo. In Egypt he spent three years, and from a practice in the management of date palms, which he observed in that country, he seems to have deduced the doctrine of the sexual difference of plants, which was adopted as the foundation of the Linnaean taxonomy system. He says that "the female date-trees or palms do not bear fruit unless the branches of the male and female plants are mixed together; or, as is generally done, unless the dust found in the male sheath or male flowers is sprinkled over the female flowers". Bibliographical References: Adams A-801; Wellcome I, 231. COPAC lists one copy only. Size: Small 4to. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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