Bologna: [Girolamo Bernia]: typis Io. Baptistae Ferronij, 1668.
1st Edition. Hardcover. Folio - over 12 - 15" tall. Near Fine. Item #002078
Folio (352x235 mm). , 660,  pp. Signature: +6, A-Z6, Aa-Zz6, Aaa-Mmm6, Nnn8. With 219 woodcut illustrations in text, many full page or near so, engraved allegorical frontispiece by Lorenzo Tinti, printed woodcut device on final leaf, half-title bound at end of preliminaries at position of wanting blank leaf +6. Colophon at end dated 1667 ("Bononiæ, ex typographia Ferroniana 1667. Superiorum permissu"). Engraved title with small repair at lower corner just into platemark and erased ownership entry, small waterstain to lower corner throughout, text otherwise crisp with only very little browning and spotting. Restored full calf, boards with frame of original gilt floral decorations, spine rebacked perfectly matching boards. A fine copy or a rare work. ----
Hunt 306; Nissen BBI 14; Pritzel 93; Haller I, 402; BM(NH) 27. - First edition of Aldrovandi's posthumous work, edited by Ovidio Montalbini, on the characteristics, medicinal uses, lore, and symbolism of trees, particularly those bearing fruits and nuts. The engraved title-page includes the arms of Cardinal Guidobaldo and a design of trees and classical figures. This copy has the second state of the preliminary pages according to Hunt with catchword on +2r reading "cultivates?". Aldrovandi was the instigator and first director of the R. Istituto ed Orto Botanico dell'Universita di Bologna, and is said to have formed one of the first herbaria as we know them today.
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