Delle uova e dei nidi degli uccelli libro primo del Conte Giuseppe Zinanni.

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Aggiunte in fine alcune osservazioni, con una dissertazione sopra varie spezie di Cavalette. Venezia, A. Bortoli, 1737. 4to (285 x 204 mm). pp. (8), 130, with 1 engraved allegorical frontispiece, 3 engraved section-titles and 22 engraved plates (of eggs); pp. 55, (3), with 8 engraved plates (of grasshoppers). Contemporary boards, manuscript title on spine, uncut.

the first work dealing exclusively with birds' eggs and birds' nests

An interesting association copy from the library of Carlo Allioni (1728-1804) famous Italian botanist, with his name on free end paper. First edition of 'the first work dealing exclusively with birds' eggs and birds' nests' (Anker p. 22). It is accompanied by a treatise on grasshoppers, illustrated with 8 finely engraved plates. In the main work the birds are divided into three groups: non-rapaceous landbirds ("uccelli terrestri non rapaci"), rapaceous landbirds ("uccelli terrestri rapaci"), and waterbirds ("uccelli aquatici"). The nice detailed oological plates (each depicting one up to nine eggs) illustrate 106 various bird-eggs. The speciemens are taken from Giuseppe Zinanni's own 'piccolo Museo di cose naturali' (see page 7). A very fine copy.

Provenance: Signature of Carlo Allioni (1728-1804) Italian physician and botanist on free endpaper.

Anker 161 & p. 22; Nissen IVB, 1031 & p. 42: "Erstes selbstständiges oologisches Werk".