CUPANI, F.

Hortus Catholicus seù illustrissimi, & excellentissimi principis catholicae, Ducis Misilmeris, Comitis Vicaris, Baronis Prizis; nec non Magni Baronis Siculianae...

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Napoli, F. Benzi, 1696. 4to (185 x 145mm). pp. (28), 262, title with armorial engraving by NicolauzPhilippone. Later half calf (worn).

The work lists alphabetically the names of Sicilian plants with short descriptions

First edition. Francesco Cupani (1657-1711) was a Sicilian botanist. The work lists alphabetically the names of Sicilian plants with short descriptions.'Per la micologia presenta un certo interesse l' 'Hortus Catholicus' (Napoli 1696), un volume di 260 pagina, che comprende un elenco alfabetico con brevi descrizione delle piante spontanee della Sicilia.Il titolo del libro deriva dal nome del protettore del Cupani, Principe di Cattolica, Duca di Misilmeri, a cui l'opera è dedicate' (Lazzari, Storia della Micologia Italiana, p. 245). In 1692 he became the first Director of the botanic garden at Misilmeri. Here the plants were classified a system taxonomy of binomial nomenclature later made standard by Carl Linnaeus. The lower margin is short cut by the binder, sothat the place, publisher and date, are only partly legible, of the remaining pages no text is lost.

Hunt 394; Pritzel 1994.