• Fine Printed Books, Manuscript auction at Christies

    Sale 5829

    Fine Printed Books, Manuscripts, Traditional Sports

    23 November 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 250

    MEDICINE & SCIENCE -- REDI, Francesco (1626-1697/98). Esperienze intorno alla generazione degl'insetti. Florence: all'Insegna della Stella, 1668. Small 4° (256 x 179mm). Half-title, title in red and black with vignette, 29 engraved plates, 3 folding, 10 full-page illustrations and 2 smaller illustrations (severe offsetting from illustration on verso of R4, a few plates starting to detach, occasional light spotting or thumb-soiling). Contemporary paper-backed pastepaper boards (backstrip torn in a few places with loss, fore-edge of front cover a little frayed, lightly rubbed). Provenance: T. Torregiani (small signature on verso of title) -- Mario Cermenati (purple stamp on free-endpaper) -- HASKELL NORMAN (bookplate).

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    MEDICINE & SCIENCE -- REDI, Francesco (1626-1697/98). Esperienze intorno alla generazione degl'insetti. Florence: all'Insegna della Stella, 1668. Small 4° (256 x 179mm). Half-title, title in red and black with vignette, 29 engraved plates, 3 folding, 10 full-page illustrations and 2 smaller illustrations (severe offsetting from illustration on verso of R4, a few plates starting to detach, occasional light spotting or thumb-soiling). Contemporary paper-backed pastepaper boards (backstrip torn in a few places with loss, fore-edge of front cover a little frayed, lightly rubbed). Provenance: T. Torregiani (small signature on verso of title) -- Mario Cermenati (purple stamp on free-endpaper) -- HASKELL NORMAN (bookplate).

    FIRST EDITION, WITH THE RARE EXTRA PLATE, no.29. "The first scientific study of the question of spontaneous generation. Redi's experiments dealt the first real blow to the doctrine of spontaneous generation. In these experiments Redi made use of what we now term 'controls'." (GM). Dibner 188; GM 97; Horblitt 88: "Redi was one of the first to disprove the theory of spontaneous generation"; Krivatsy 9448; Nissen ZBI 3319; Norman 1812.


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