Gli uccelli di Sardegna.

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Sassari, G. Piattoli, 1776. Small-8vo (145 x 100mm) . pp. (10), 334, (2), with 1 engraved title and6 engraved plates. Contemporary calf, richly floral gilt spine with 5 raised bands and 2 gilt-lettered labels.

early monograph of the birds of Sardinia

This charming and nicely illustrated early monograph of the birds of Sardinia is devided into Land- and Water-Birds. It was also published as the second volume of the author's "Storia Naturale di Sardegna". Francesco Cetti (1726-1778) was a Jesuit priest and was sent to Sardinia to help improve the standard of education on the island. In 1766 he was appointed to the Chair of Mathematics at the University of Sassari. Cetti is commemorated in the name of the Cetti's Warbler 'Cettia cetti'. Some pages with small wormhole (not affecting the letterpress) and a few plates cut short with some lack of text at the lower margin; else a good copy of this scarce ornithological treatise.

cf. Nissen IVB, 859; Wood 283.