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Magnus (Olaus) Historia delle genti et della natura delle cose settentrionali ...nuovamente tradotta in lingua Toscana, collation: *4 a-b8 c6 A-MM8 NN6, Roman letter, woodcut printer's device to title and verso of final f., full-page engraved map of Scandinavia, with partial early hand-colouring, numerous charming woodcuts within text, little marginal worming to first and last few ff., occasional water-staining or spotting, 20th century half vellum, folio (320 x 212mm.), Venice, Domenico Nicolini for the heirs of Luc'antonio Giunti, 1565.

⁂ First illustrated Italian edition and second overall Italian edition of Magnus's important ethnographical and geographical survey of Scandinavia. He discusses warfare, trades and occupations, animals and hunting, amongst many other aspects of Scandinavian life. The work earns its place in Simon for its discussion of wines, mead, bees, agriculture, bread-making, and the flora and fauna used for food.
Provenance: Rothamsted acquisition date 1931.
Literature: Simon, BB xx, 479; Simon, BG 1117; Schwerdt II, 4; Camerini, Giunti, 689; Mortimer, Italian, 270; EDIT 16 CNCE 27290.

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Magnus (Olaus) Historia delle genti et della natura

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Auction Curated By:
Rupert Powell
International Head of Books and Works on Paper
Justin Phillips
Early and Continental Printing