Epistola selectas de re naturali observationes complectens. Accessere ex historia naturali curiosa nonnulla et tabulae elegantes.

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Arimini, ex Typa Albertiniana, 1774. 4to (278 x 200mm). pp. xvii, (1), 25, (3), with 4 engraved plates and 1 charming engraved vignette on title. Contemporary vellum.

Antonio Giovanni Battarra (1714-1789) was an Italian clergyman (of Rimini), physician and mycologist. He is the author of various publications describing the natural history of the Rimini area. The present work describes various species of marine life of the Adriatic sea. Battarra is best known for his contribution on the fungi of the Rimini area 'Fungorum Agri Ariminensis historia'. He was also the editor of the second edition of Buonanni's 'Rerum Naturalium Historia' decribing the collection assembled by Athanasius Kircher. The vignette on the title-page shows a lynx, an owl and various fungi. A very fine copy preserved in an attractive contemporary vellum binding.

B.M. (Nat. Hist.) I, p. 110.