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Della Porta (Giambattista) Villae Io. Baptistae Portae, Neapolitani, Libri XII: 1, Domus 2, Sylua caedua 3, Sylua glandaria... Adiecto Inventario quam copiossissimo, collation: )(4 A-Z4 Aa-Zz4 AA-ZZ4 AAa-ZZz4 AAA-ZZZ4 AAAa-CCCc4, woodcut printer's device on title, woodcut decorated initials, diagram on fol. Bb3r, browning and foxing throughout, water-stains and spots to lower margin, more prominent to last quires, a few paper flaws, wormtracks to gutter (especially to quires K-M, occasionally affecting one or two letters), single ink stain to title, contemporary vellum, yapp edges, holes for ties to fore-edges, binding detached, 4to (212 x 161 mm.), Frankfurt am main, Heirs of Johann Wechel, Claude de Marne, and Iohann Aubry, 1592.

⁂ The first edition of this encyclopedic treatise by the eclectic Neapolitan scientist and philosopher Della Porta (1535-1615), entirely devoted to husbandry, and based on his travels through Europe. The work was published outside Italy, owing to the author's clash with the Inquisition. It is replete with astrological references, and many passages recall the 'mirabile natura' described in his famous Magia naturalis of 1558.

Provenance: the Austrian historian Karl Andrian (ownership inscription dated 1649 on recto of front flyleaf); another ownership inscription on title, barely legible but dated 1778.
Rothamsted acquisition date 1924.

Literature: Adams P-1942; VD16 P-4332.

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Della Porta (Giambattista) Villae Io. Baptistae Portae,

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