Osservazioni Intorno alle Vipere, first edition, 1664 (+ Knoefel, Peter – Translation of Francisco Redi on Vipers, Leiden: Brill, 1998)
By Redi, Francisco
Pp. (4, title page in facsimile), 5-91, (1, colophon). Original vellum-backed contemporary flexible boards, sm 8vo (7.75 x 6.75 inches; 19.7 x 14.4 cm). The front free flyleaf has the title neatly printed in an old hand. “The first methodical work on snake poison. Redi demonstrated for the first time that, for the poison to produce its effect, it must be injected under the skin” (Garrison- Morton 2102). See also Russell and Scharffenberg no. 123. This first edition has some interesting early associations. It is from the library of Gabriel de Glatigny III (1690-1755) with his custom bookplate on the front pastdown. Gabriel de Glatigny III was a knight and head of the public prosecutors at the Cour des Monnaies in Lyon which is the court that dealt with financial crimes in France at the time. Additionally he was a member of the Academy of Sciences, Literature, and Arts of Lyon. The half title page and the first page of text bears the oval armorial name stamp of the second owner, Ex. Bibliotheca J. Richard D.M. Included with the first edition of this work is Peter Knoefel’s translation into English entitled “Francesco Redi on Vipers” published in Leiden in 1988 by E. J. Brill - (pp. xvii, i, 1-86, with frontispiece and two text-figures). This work is presented in three parts. The first is the English translation of the main work. The second is the English translation of a published letter Redi wrote in 1670 entitled “Letter on some opposition raised to the observations of Vipers.” The third part is a short paper Redi wrote “Excerpt from observations of living animals found on living animals” published in 1664 with two illustrations of vipers.
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|Condition Description||The original vellum shows some edge wear and light soiling, there is very occasional foxing to the outer margins of some text-pages, the title in facsimile is bright and clean; a tight copy in very good condition.|