Briefe aus Wälchland, über natürliche Merkwürdigkeiten dieses Landes an den Herausgeber derselben Ignatz Edlen von Born.
Prag, Wolfgang Gerle, 1773. 8vo (220 x 145mm). pp. (6), 407, (1), with engraved title vignette. Contemporary boards.
First edition. A series of letters addressed to Ignaz von Born, describing the mineralogy, mining etc. of Italy. 'His descriptions of the neighbourhood of Naples, and still more his account of the ejected rocks of Vesuvius, are among the finest scientific writings of the eighteenth century' (Zittel p. 41). Ferber describes a.o. the areas of Padua, Venice, Verona, Florence, Rome, Naples, Sicily (Etna), Sienna, Bologna, Livorno, Genua, Turin, Milano. As a result of the present publication Ferber was elected member of the Academy of Sciences of Sienna and of the 'Naturforschenden Gesellschaft' of Berlin. Hoover quotes the French edition of 1776. A fine uncut copy. B.M.(Nat. Hist.) II, 566; Olson, Bibliographia discipuli Linnaei, p. 129.
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