Vlyssis Aldrouandi patricij Bononiensis Monstrorum historia: cum paralipomenis historiae omnium animalium Bartholomaeus Ambrosinus ... labore et studio uolumen composuit ; Marcus Antonius Bernia in lucem edidit ...
Leather (calfskin) over pasteboards. The spine has been re-backed. Six ribs on spine. Headband and tailband present. Flatbacked.
Binding -- leather near the re-backed spine is peeling up. Corners of the boards are a bit frayed.
Pages -- some folded-in corners and some damage to the edges of pages near the end of the book. Engraved title page and first gather are coming a bit loose.
Generally fair condition.
To the Reader (†1v)
To Ferdinand the Second (†2v)
To the Senators of Bologna. (2A2v)
2°: †4 A – 3P6 3Q8 3R6 3S8, 2A- 2O6(-2O6) [$3 signed (+3Q4, +3S4; -†1, -†2; †3 signed '†2', 2A1, 3L2 signed ‘3L1’, 2H3 signed as "2H1")]. 475 leaves, pp. , 1-748 749-776, 1-2 3-24 25 26-56 57 58-74 75 76-134 135 136-159 160 [=936],(misprinted 135 as '139').Boards measure: 36 x 23.5 cm. Leaves measure: 34.5 x 23 cm.
Contains an engraved title page, several woodcut printer's devices, and several woodcut inhabited initials. The book is heavily illustrated with woodcuts depicting various monstrous or mutated creatures.
Printed Marginalia: Moderate amount of notes indicating different sections of the text and which passages relate to which illustration.
Handwritten Notes: A3v -- two sets of three lines in bright blue ink.
The book is separated into two sections. The first and largest section is attributed to Ulisse Aldrovandi. The second section is an addition to Aldrovandi’s work by Bartolomeo Ambrosini.
CRRS bookplate on inner pastedown. Call number D4 Al.9 3906K written on inner pastedown. CRRS call number QH 313 .A47 1658 Large CRRS RARE written on †1r, CRRS stamp on colophon. This copy seems to have come from the same collection as QL 362 A47 1638 and QL 666 06 A47 1640 due to similarities in binding.
[within an engrave compartment depicting an archway with a portrait of Ferdinand II; 330 x 220 mm.; signed Io: Bapt. aCoriolanus F. Bonon.; plate mark 334 x 224 mm.] VLYSSIS ALDROVANDI │ PATRICII BONONIENSIS │ MONSTRORVM HISTORIA. │ CVM PARALIPOMENIS HISTORIÆ │ OMNIVM ANIMALIVM. │ BARTHOLOMÆVS AMBROSINVS │ in patrio Bonon. Archigymnasio Simpl. Med. │ Profeſſor Ordinarius, Muſęi Illustriss. Senatus │ Bonon., et Horti publici Pręfectus Labore, et │ Studio uolumen compoſuit. │ MARCVS ANTONIVS BERNIA │ in lucem edidit Proprijs ſumptibus │ AD SERENISS. ET INVICTVM │ FERDINANDVM II │ MAGNVM HETRVRIÆ DVCEM. │ cum Indice copioſiſſimo│ [within a slot] BONONIÆ Typis Nicolai Tebaldini MDCXLII. │ Superiorum permiſſu.
Indexes for both sections.
Cross with circle underneath. Initials in the circle are possibly M.L.P.
Bononiae : Typis Io(hannis) Baptistae Ferronij, 1658.
, 748, , 159,  p. : ill. ; 36 cm. (fol.).
British Museum, 3.248 (1642 ed.).
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