Vlyssis Aldrouandi patricij Bononiensis Serpentum et draconu[m] historiae libri duo
Calfskin over pasteboards.Sewn onto bands. Flatbacked. Headband and tailband present. Five ribs on spine; six compartments. In compartment two is a brown leather label with ALDROVAND │ SERPENTUM │ ET │ DRACONŪ (note the missing I on Aldrovandi) stamped on with gold.
Binding -- light damage to leather near spine.
Pages -- little to no damage.
Generally good condition.
To Francesco Peretti (a2v)
To the Reader (a3v)
Statement of Privilege (a3r)
2°: a4 (-a4) A-2M6 2N4 2O-2P6 2Q2 [$3 signed (-a1, -a3, -2N3, -2Q2; 2B3 signed "3B3", 2K3 signed "2K2", 2P3 signed "2P2")] 225 leaves, pp.  1-168 169 170-266 267 268-309 310 311-415 416 417-427 428  (misprinting 98 as "96", 113 as "105", 191 as "181", 234 as "235", 313 as "301", 389 as "387", 390 as "388", 391 as "389"). Boards measure: 35 x 24 cm. Leaves measure: 34.5 x 23 cm.
Engraved title page, decorated initials (woodcut), printer's devices and ornaments (woodcuts), woodcut images of snakes and dragons.
Printed Marginalia: Moderate reference notes.
Handwritten Notes: Autograph on title page (illegible).
On inner pastedown: library call number (not CRRS) in upper left corner written in graphite D4 A6.7 3906i; CRRS bookplate in center. Autograph across the top of the title page-- most of the script is too faded to make out fully, but the name 'Mgr Passerini' is legible. It is possible that he belonged to a Franciscan order. CRRS library stamp on 2Q2r. This copy seems to have come from the same collection as QL 362 A47 1638 and QH 313 A47 1658 due to similarities in binding.
This copy is the 1640 reprinting of the 1639 edition.
[Within an engraved compartment depicting an archway: at the head two puti flank a heraldic shield with a rampant lion, at the sides are two dragons with DOMINIVM written under the left and VIGILANTIA written under the right, at the foot is another dragon flanked by two serpents; signed Io. Bapt. Coeiolanus F.; 338 x 220 mm. platemark 340 x 224 mm. enclosing 125 x 91cmm.] VLISSIS ALDROVANDI │ PATRICII BONONIENSIS │ SERPENTVM, ET DRACONṼ HISTORIÆ │ LIBRI DVO │ BARTHOLOMÆVS AMBROSINVS │ In Patrio Bonon Gymnasio ʃimpʃicium med. │ Proƒesʃʃor ordinarius, │ Horti publici, nec non Musęi Illmi Senatus Bonon │ Pręƒectus │ Summo labore opus │ concinnauit │ AD ILLVSTRISSIMVM REVERENDISSIMVM, │ ET EXCELLENTISSIMṼ VIRVM │ D. FRANCISCṼ PERETTVM │ ABBATEM │ VENARFRI PRINCIPEM NOMENTI MARCHIONĒ, │ ET CELANI COMITEM MERITISSIMVM │ Cum Indice memorabilium, nec non uariarū linguarū locupletiʃʃimo. │ [below compartment] Sumptibus M. Antonij bernię Bibliopolę Bononiensis. │ [below comparmtnet] BONONIÆ, apud Clemeritem Ferronium MDCXXXX. Superiorū permiʃʃu.
Cypher MB in center of leaf.
Inquirere: Early Natural History Books at the CRRS