LANCISI, GIOVANNI MARIA. 1654-1720. Dissertatio de nativis, deque adventitiis Romani coeli qualitatibus, qui accedit historia epidemiae rheumaticae.... Rome: Gonzago, 1711.
4to (233 x 172 mm). , 258, , [2 blank] pp. Engraved vignette on title, decorative head- and tail-pieces and vignette initials. Period speckled sheep, spine gilt in compartments. Some pale dampstaining and a little freckling, binding worn at extremities and with chipped spine label.
Provenance: Melvin Jahn (bookplate).
FIRST EDITION. "Lancisi was interested in public health and epidemiology, and had an understanding of the theory of contagion that was well in advance of its time. In the present work, his first on municipal hygiene, he examined what he considered to be the health-affecting aspects of the Roman environment, particularly her water supply and the insalubrious Pontine marshes. The second part of the work describes the influenza epidemic that began in Rome in 1709 and swept over most of Europe" (Norman 1274). Lancisi correlated the presence of mosquitoes with the prevalence of malaria a few years after this work.