COLONNA, FABIO. Minus cognitarum stirpium aliquot, ac etiam rariorum nostro coelo orientium [in Greek: Ekphrasis]... item de Aquatilibus aliisque nonnullis Animalibus [and De Purpura ab Animali tetaceo fusa]. Rome: Jaboc Mascardi, 1616.
4 parts in one volume, 4to, 204 x 155 mm., 18th-century French morocco gilt, g.e., slightly worn, spine darkened, Parts 3 and 4 bound in reverse order before Parts 1-2, engraved portrait on a guard.
FIRST COLLECTED EDITION. Second edition of parts 1-2, First Edition of the Pars Altera and De Purpura, 4 parts in one, 3 engraved titles with putti and the Colonna arms,, half-title (misbound after engraved title to parts 1-2), engraved portrait, 152 full-page etchings, of which 131 of plants, the remainder of shells, marine life, insects and a hippopotamus, each with etched caption in Latin and Greek, set within type ornament borders.
Blunt and Stearn, pp. 100-101; Brunet II, 172-3; Nissen BBI 385; Pritzel 1823; Purpura: Nissen ZBI 927.
Provenance: R. Friedlaender & Sohn, Berlin, bookseller's label -- Arpad Plesch, bookplate (sale, Sotheby's London, 16 June, 1975, lot 142) -- Robert de Belder.