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De Plantis Exoticis Libri Duo.
Prosperi Alpini phylosophi, medici, in gymnasio Patauino medicamentorum simplicium professoris ordinarij, & horti medici præfecti. Opus completum, editum studio, ac opera Alpini Alpini phylosophi, & medici, auctoris filij. Venice: Giovanni Guerilio 1627. With copperengraved title-page and 145 copperplates, ornamental initials. [16] + 344 pp. Well-preserved copy bound in contemporary full vellum. Inner frontboard-paper with minor tears at top and bottom and with small wormholes, mostly in lower margin. Name at the bottom of title-page. * 1st edition of Alpini's further observations on exotic plants. The specimens here presented were collected primarily in Crete and the Eastern Mediterranean, including many xerophilous plants from Egypt and scores of plants not mentioned in earlier works. This first edition was published posthumously in 1627 and was edited by the author's son, Alpini Alpini. Prospero Alpini [1553-1617], an Italian physician and botanist, travelled through Greece, Crete, and Egypt from 1580 to 1583 with the Venetian Consul Giorgio Eno. He worked as a medical advisor and took the opportunity to carry out botanical investigations. His work includes the first European recognition of the medicinal value of coffee and introduced banana and baobab. Alpini became professor of botany at Padua after having spent three years in Egypt [Garrison/M., pp. 992].Nissen BBI 21. Cf. Pritzel 112. Hunt 213.
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