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Delle porpore e delle materie vestiarie presso gli antichi. Dissertatione epistolare.
Modena, della Stamperia Ducale, 1786. 4to (238 x 182mm). pp. xx, 387, (1), with woodcut vignette on title-page and large engraved plate of shells. Contemporary publisher's boards. First edition. A very fine uncut large paper copy of this "extensive 18th century treatise on the purple dye from seashells" (Bibl. Tinctoria). The large folded plate 405 x 470mm. shows 12 shells and is engraved by Francesco Rosaspina. A handsomely printed treatise on the purple dye known as 'Tyrian' or royal purple. This dye was probably first extracted by the Phoenicians who would extract the dye through crushing sea shells, mostly murex (or rock-whelk), which were then left to dry in the sun. Rosa (1731-1812) was professor of chemistry at Modena.//Hirsch IV, 875; Bibl. Tinctoria 898.
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