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Redi, Francesco, & Frederik Lachmund.  Opusculorum pars prior, sive experimenta circa generationem insectorum: Ad illustrem virum Carolum Dati. Amstelaedami: Apud Henricum Wetstenium, 1686. 12mo (13.5 cm, 5.3"). 1 vol. (of 2). Frontis., [10], 216, [20], 40, [6] pp.; 44 plts. (14 fold.).
$800.00

Second, revised edition: Latin translation of Redi's study challenging the long-held theory of spontaneous generation of insects, making use of controlled experiments and a microscope. Dedicated to Carlo Dati and originally published in 1668 as Esperienze intorno alla generazione degl'insetti, this landmark of natural history first appeared in Latin in 1671 and is followed here by Lachmund's De ave Diomedea; a second volume adding further experiments by Redi, the title-page of which was dated 1685, is not present. The two texts are => illustrated with a frontispiece and 44 engraved plates (14 folding), with the first including representations of scorpions, clematis vines, and insects hatching on willow leaves as well as the expected, carefully detailed flies (and maggots), fleas, lice, ants, etc.; the second offers folding plates of an albatross skull, two birds, and a bird's foot. The lovely frontispiece, which incorporates two beehives, was done by => prominent Dutch Baroque artist Romeyn de Hooghe.
        Provenance: From the residue of the stock of the F. Thomas Heller bookselling firm (est. ca. 1928).

Contemporary mottled calf, nicely rebacked with calf, spine with gilt-stamped red leather title-label (reading "Francesco"), raised bands, and compartments elaborately blind-tooled; original leather edges worn. First volume only, offering the complete "De insectis" without the "Experimentia naturalia"; the two volumes were published separately and often separated. Title-page with two small early inked markings. One folding plate with short tear from inner margin; outer margins of a few plates slightly ragged or creased. => A solid, sturdy, attractive copy of this scientific landmark, with all its fascinating plates.  (40410)   Please RESHELVE This.


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