COLONNA, FABIO. Minus cognitarum stirpium aliquot, ac etiam rariorum nostro coelo orientium [in Greek: Ekphrasis]. Faciotti, 1606. 4to, 209 x 155 mm., 18th-century panelled calf, upper cover nearly detached, lacking 5 leaves (2K1, 3F3-4 and index leaves 3K3-4, the first and last 2 supplied in 19th c. manuscript), worm track to first two leaves, a few other marginal wormholes, small stain to Hh1 obscuring 2 letters, occasional dampstaining, some marginal soiling. FIRST EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY FROM THE AUTHOR TO CAROLUS CLUSIUS (CHARLES DE L' AECLUSE). Title printed in red and black with woodcut printer's device, engraved portrait of Colonna on verso, 112 full-page etchings, of which 100 of of plants and 12 of mollusks and aquatic animals (plus a hippopotamus), set within type ornament borders. Blunt and Stearn, p. 100; Brunet II, 173; Nissen BBI 385; Pritzel 1823n.
A companion volume, Clusius's copy of Colonna's Phytobasanos, is in the Bodleian Library.
Provenance: Carolus Clusius, manuscript inscription on title-page, "Clarissimo, atque doctissimo viro domino Carolo Clusio Atrebati auctoris munus" (slightly cropped) -- G. H. Wyatt, book label -- unidentifed consignor (sale, Lawrence Fine Art, Crewkerne, Somerset, U.K., 2 October 1980, lot 74) -- Robert de Belder.