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Imperato (Ferrante) Dell'historia naturale libri XXVIII, collation: a2 [*]2 b6 c4 A-Z, Aa-Zz, Aaa-Vuu6, title with woodcut crocdile device of Imperato, double-page woodcut plate of Imperato's museum, 73 woodcut illustrations (49 full-page) of minerals, gems, plants, reptiles and insects, some spotting, 18th century English calf, gilt spine in compartmetns and with red morocco label, 4to (285 x 193mm), Naples, 1599.

⁂ First edition of this account of the famous natural history museum formed by the Neapolitan apothecary Ferrante Imperato and his son Francesco, one of the earliest museums in Italy. They are probably depicted in the fine woodcut plate of their museum or 'Wunderkammer'.
Provenance: Rothamsted acquisition date 1928.
Literature: Adams I84; Hoover 440; Mortimer Italian 240; Pritzel 4433; Sinkankas (2d ed., 1673) 3108-3109.

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Imperato (Ferrante) Dell'historia naturale libri

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