Sale 16BP02 | Lot 1

ALDROVANDI, [ULISSE] Serpentum et draconum historiae libri duo.

Catalogue: Rare Books, Autographs & Photographs
ALDROVANDI, [ULISSE]  Serpentum et draconum historiae libri duo.

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ALDROVANDI, [ULISSE] Serpentum et draconum historiae libri duo.
Bologna: apud Clementem Ferronium, 1640 (but 1639 from colophon). First edition. 20th century half vellum. 13 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches (34 x 22 cm); [5] ff., 427, [1] pp., 15 ff. (including the page of errata), collating a^(6)-A6 (as usual), A-2M^(6) 2N^(4) 2O-P^(6) 2Q^(4) [including terminal blank], with superb illustrations of snakes, dragons etc. throughout. Some toning, scattered foxing, occasional pale stains to the lower margin, the engraved title by Io. Baptista Coriolanus trimmed into the design at the foot and fore-edge.
First edition of this posthumous work by Ulisse Aldrovandi (1522-1605), the first professor of natural sciences at the University of Bologna and one of the earliest major collectors of specimens of natural curiosities. He was responsible for the creation of Bologna's botanical garden, one of the first in Europe, and his Wunderkammern, his "cabinets of curiosities," were left to the city upon his death. A transitional work between classically based zoology (using unreliable sources such as Pliny) with the new natural history based on observation, this is a visually fascinating work combining basilisks and dragons with conventional fauna, including dissections of snakes.


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