Description[Featured Lot]. Francesco Redi. Lettere... Florence: Gaetano Cambiagi, 1779-1795. Krown & Spellman retail: $850. Second Florentine Edition (so stated).
4to. 3 vols. xlv, 460; [iv], 467. ; [ii], 304p. Contemporary quarter calf over marbled boards, title label, large oval engraved bookplate of "Biblioteca Francisci Riccardi De Verna" and royal armorial book label; stamp of "Bblio. Gust. Calletti, Florence", large uncut copy with deckled edges, light dampstain at corner in rear of volume 2, generally quite clean, bright and crisp. Device of the Accademia Deela Crusca on t.p.s. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
Redi (1626-1698?) served as the head physician and pharmacist to the Medici court. He was a member of the Accademia de Cimento and wrote extensively on his experiments with snake venoms. With the aid of a microscope, he studied parasites, the eggs and egg-producing apparatuses of insects and noted the relationships between the decay of organic substances and their infestation by insects. He discredited the theory of spontaneous generation. He was also a noted poet and literary figure and engaged in linguistic studies. The introductory material includes a life by Angelo Fabroni (1732-1803) and an "elogio" by Domenico Brogani (b.1716). Ebert 18741 "The best edition, and more complete than the Florence 1724-17." Blake/NLM 374. Brunet IV,1175.
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