14 October 2003
PROPERTY FROM THE ESTATE OF ANITA PEEK GILGER, M.D.
TRIONFETTI, Giovanni Battista (1658-1708). Observationes de Ortu ac Vegetatione Plantarum... Rome: Dominicus Antonius Hercules, 1685.
4o (226 x 164 mm). 17 engraved plates after Trionfetti. 18th-century limp-paper boards, later? paper spine. Provenance: Giuseppe Lanzoni (1663-1730), Ferrarese botanist (presentation inscription from the author); purchased from Gilhofer and Ranschburg, 1973.
FIRST EDITION. PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR TO GIUSEPPE LANZONI on the rear pastedown: "G. Lanzoni Authoris Munus." De Angelis in Biographie universelle notes that Trionfetti selected for this, the first of his publications, "the rarest Alpine plants." Giuseppe Lanzoni was a professor of botany at the University of Ferrara and the author of a handbook on citrus fruits. Hunt 373; Nissen BBI 2003; Pritzel 9523.
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