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Title: Ulyssis Aldrovandi patricii Bononiensis. De Quadrupedibus Solidipedibus Volumen integrum.
Description: Bononiae ( Bologna ), apud Nicolau Thebaldinum ( Nicolo Tebaldini ), 1639 (Colophon; Marco Antonio Bernia, printed by Giovanni Battista Ferroni, 1648). In-folio, 36 cm, engraved title-page with the arms of Cardinal Giulio Sacchetti + (4)nn pp + (2)(bl) + 495 pp + (1)(bl) + (26)nn pp (index) + (1)(coloph.) + (1)(bl) (complete) ; with 12 woodcut illustrations ; 4 full page and 8 half-page on 10 pages, putti , headpieces, tailpieces and initial letters. Bound in full old leather, sprinkled edges, raised gilt spine, binding worn, upper joint partly split, lower corner of upper board worn with loss of leather, headcap missing, interior fine and crisp. This is the fifth edition of Aldrovandi's illustrated encyclopedia of quadrupeds. The first was published posthumously in 1616. Real animals depicted include a zebra, a rhinoceros and an elephant but as a remnant of mediaeval times also depicted are a two legged centaur and horse-like creatures with a human head or with human hands. In fact most of the work deals with the horse, its history, its mythology and its use in war, transport , hunting and even as food. Krivatsky 184 , Graesse I 65. .


Price: EUR 1800.00 = appr. US$ 1956.32 Seller: Antiquariaat Wim de Goeij
- Book number: 35638