Author Cetti, F. Gli uccelli di Sardegna.
Published 1776
Item ID 12075
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Sassari, G. Piattoli, 1776. 8vo (17.7 x 11.2 cm). Half title, title, [vi], 334 pp. (including two more half titles), engraved frontispiece, six engraved plates, two engraved text vignettes. Contemporary blind-stamped vellum. Spine with blind-tooled floral vignettes and brown morocco label with gilt title. Patterned pastedowns. Red edges. Rare, well-illustrated study on the birds of Sardinia by the Italian zoologist, mathematician and priest Francesco Cetti (1726-1778). This work was both sold separately and, as indicated by the half-title, as part two of the Storia Naturale di Sardegna, being the whole part dedicated to ornithology. Birds were Cetti's forte, and he is one of the few ornithologists who has a European bird named after him (Cetti's warbler). The other volumes of the Storia Naturale, on other vertebrates, are not present. The armorial bookplate of " Marchionis Salsae " (Giovanni Domenico Berio, marchese di Salza) on the front pastedown, pictorial bookplate of Bradley Martin on the first blank recto, and the armorial bookplate of William Ward, Viscount Dudley, or Ward of Dudley " comme je fus ", with two angels, on the rear pastedown. Includes the frontispiece that is sometimes missing. Small chip at the rear joint at the spine foot, otherwise very good, with the text and plates spotless. Bradley Martin V, 1460; Cat. BM(NH) 1, p. 333; Nissen IVB, 859. A fine work on birds by one of the few Europeans with a European bird named after him