Author Wagner, J. J. Historia naturalis Helvetiae curiosa, in VII, sectiones compendiosè digesta.
Published 1680
Item ID 10520
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Tiguri [Zürich], J. H. Lindinner, 1680. 12mo (12.6 x 7.3 cm). Title page, [xxiii], 390, [xxviii] pp. Late 18th or early 19th century speckled boards. Spine with red morocco label with gilt lines and title. Speckled edges. Rare first edition of one of the earliest natural history descriptions of Switzerland, with emphasis on the Alps in respect of their shape, glaciers, caves, lakes, rivers, mineral springs, etc. It also deals with Swiss fossils (about 50 pp.), as well as meteorites, plants (with a list of principal herbs, a chapter on wine, and one on mushrooms) and animals (mainly vertebrates, including the reptiles and fish, and the insects). Preserved in a transparent sleeve. Some rubbing to the joints, otherwise a remarkably well-preserved copy. Haller I, 1039; Ward and Carozzi, 2265; Not in Volbracht (neither in the 2017 supplement). A fine, very early work on Swiss natural history