Bologna: Giovan Battista Bellagamba, 1606.
1st Edition. Hardcover. Folio - over 12 - 15" tall. Very Good. Item #003329
Folio (332 x 230 mm). , 593 [i.e. 595],  pp. Colophon dated 1605. Engraved title within elaborate architectural border incorporating the arms of the city of Bologna, engraved portrait of the author, numerous woodcut illustrations, headpieces and initials, printer's device at end. Signatures: [pi]4 A-3F6. Reused contemporary blindstamped pigskin over wooden boards, spine with 5 raised bands and original ink-lettered vellum label, boards with central armorial shield, original metal clasps and straps present, faint yellow-dyed edges (binding restored and cleaned, small chip at foot of spine, no flyleaves bound in). Engraved title cleaned, with paper repairs to margins and slightly shaved, some neat repairs of a few small wormholes, f. Z2 with chipping of top edge, a few marginal paper flaws, a few pages slightly browned and spotted. In all a fine, crisp copy, printed on strong paper and with good impressions of the numerous illustrations. ----
Nissen, ZBI 68; DSB I, p.110. - RARE FIRST EDITION of Aldrovandi's treatise on molluscs, crustacea, and zoophytes and one of the earliest works devoted to shells, shellfish, octopi and jellyfish. The work is part of the larger natural history encyclopedia by Aldrovandi and the illustrations and descriptions are based on the author's direct observations of the specimens conserved in his "teatro di natura". Aldrovandi "was among the first to attempt to free the natural sciences from the stifling influence of the authority of textbooks, for which he substituted, as far as possible, direct study and observation of the animal, vegetable, and mineral worlds" (DSB). - Visit our website to see more images!
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