Author Fortis, A. Tre lettere su i pesci fossili di Bolca.
Published 1793
Item ID 66830
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Venezia, Antonio Zatta e figli, 1793. Three works in one. Small 8vo (17.2 x 11.6 cm). 96 pp. Later printed wrappers with facsimile title on front wrapper. Red mottled edges. Rare publication on fossil fish by the Roman catholic priest Alberto Fortis (1741-1803), member of the Royal Society and writer of the Viaggio in Dalmazia which contains many observations on the natural history of the Balkans. The present work deals with a rich and exceedingly well-preserved Eocene (Lutetian) fauna discovered near Bolca, in the southern Alps. Written as a series of letters to another priest, Gian Dominico Testa (1746-1832), Fortis here defends his theory that the fossil fish were transported to their present location from warmer seas during cataclysmic times, whereas Testa maintained that the fish simply lived in the area, at times, not before the ancient Greeks, when volcanos heated the waters. Dean lists Domenico Testa as second author. Weak damp stain to first blank (clearly from before binding), otherwise a very good, clean copy. Dean, p. 409. Early work on a rich and exceedingly well-preserved fossil fish fauna discovered near Bolca, Italy