Lot 61

ALDROVANDI (Ulisse). De Animalibus Insectis Libri Septem; Cum Singulorvm Iconibus ad viuum expressis. Bolonia, apud Clementem Ferronium, 1638.
In-folio (37 x 25 cm) of (10) ff. (1) bl. 767 pp. (21) ff. of index (1) ff., granite-brown calf, spine decorated with nerves, spine glued (contemporary binding).
Fourth edition from the Bolognese presses of Clemente Ferroni with his typographical mark on the last page, decorated with a title-frontispiece and numerous woodcut woodcuttings in the text and full page. The first edition was printed in Bologna in 1602.
Ulisse Aldrovandi (1522-1605) was one of the most eminent Italian scientists of the Renaissance. A professor in Bologna, he was a physician, philosopher, naturalist, botanist, entomologist and ornithologist. He published numerous books from 1570 onwards, intended to expose his discoveries, and formed a quite exceptional curiosity cabinet which would be rich of more than 18,000 pieces at the end of his life. Marginal moulding on the index sheets. Beautiful copy in period binding. (Graesse, I, 65; Nissen, 67.)