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REDI, Francesco (1626-1697/98). Esperienze intorno a diverse cose naturali e particolarmente a quelle, che ci son portate dall'Indie. Florence: All' Insegna della Nave, 1671.
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REDI, Francesco (1626-1697/98). Esperienze intorno a diverse cose naturali e particolarmente a quelle, che ci son portate dall'Indie. Florence: All' Insegna della Nave, 1671.

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REDI, Francesco (1626-1697/98). Esperienze intorno a diverse cose naturali e particolarmente a quelle, che ci son portate dall'Indie. Florence: All' Insegna della Nave, 1671.

4°, LARGE-PAPER COPY (251 x 180 mm). Complete with first blank and half-title, title printed in red and black with engraved Medici arms, 6 etched plates of botanical specimens, one wood-engraved initial and headpiece. (Some light browning and spotting, heavier at beginning and to 2 leaves of index, a couple of leaves with very minor marginal nicks and chips, plate 6 printed upside down.) 19th-century half vellum, green and red morocco gilt spine labels (extremities faintly rubbed).

A FINE LARGE PAPER COPY OF THE FIRST EDITION, WITH FULL MARGINS: THE BOOK OFFERS FRANCESCO REDI'S SCIENTIFIC ANALYSIS OF BOTANICAL AND ZOOLOGICAL SPECIMENS BROUGHT BACK TO FLORENCE FROM THE AMERICAS AND ASIA BY MISSIONARIES.

'Investigations of several botanical and zoological specimens, including some brought from India; among them were Chinese star anise, "stones" from cobra and iguanas, vanilla beans, and a leaf from the chinchona tree. The treatise is in the form of a letter to Athanasius Kircher' (Hook & Norman). The Esperienze also contains the first scientific essay on the effects of nicotine.

The illustrations include 6 plates of spices and condiments such as vanilla and pepper.

Norman 1815; Sabin 68516; Prandi, Bibliografia delle opera di Francesco Redi, 16; Osler 3776; Soultrait, 17th century 278.
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