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Essays on Italian plants and zoophytes

Amoenitates Italicae sistentes opuscula ad rem herbariam et zoologiam Italiae spectantia.
Bologna, Annesio Nobili, 1819. 4to. With 6 engraved plates. Contemporary blue paper wrappers. [6], 472 pp.
€ 1,000
First edition of an extensive work on Italian plants by the Italian botanist and physician Antonio Bertoloni (1775-1869), professor of botany at Bologna. It included nine essays, some not previously published, each dealing mostly with a specific type of plant, or plants that can be found in a specific region, for example, Genoa and Ravenna. Each essay lists many species of plants, with brief taxonomic descriptions and often mentioning where the plants can be found. Two of the essays are devoted to zoophytes (animals that resemble plants) in the waters of Luni. Included at the end are an index and six engraved plates.
Some minor foxing. Paper wrappers worn, damaged at the spine. Otherwise in good condition, wholly untrimmed and with all bolts unopened. Stafleu & Cowan 486.
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