BUONANNI, FILIPPO. 1638-1725. Ricreatione dell'occhio e della mente nell'osservation delle chiocciole. Rome: Varese, 1681.
2 parts in one volume. 4to (235 x 175 mm). -4 A-3D4. 2 additional engraved titles, part title, 4 plates in part one and 109 in part two. Period calf, spine gilt. Scattered dampstaining and light toning including to letterpress title, engraved titles shaved at foot, rubbed, upper joint cracked.
Provenance: "ex legato Arebliziano 1731" (ownership inscription); T.G. Paul (ownership inscription); W. Junk (Berlin bookseller's ticket); Stadt-Bibliothek of Breslau (inkstamps on verso of title).
FIRST EDITION of the earliest book devoted to glorifying the beauty of seashells. The title translates as "for the delight of the eyes and the mind in observing snails." A charming work that expresses Buonanni's belief in the spontaneous generation of molluscs. Nissen ZBI 753.