1687 Francesco Redi Science Experiments on Insects Vipers SNAKE Natural History

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Francesco Redi was a 17th-century Italian physician who recorded his most famous biology experiments in “Experiments on the Generation of Insects”. This work, first published in 1668, disproved the vipers could consume wine, break glass, and that their venom was poisonous if ingested. His observations on snakes helped establish many of the accepted understandings of snakes, particularly venomous snakes. Redi played an important role in refuting ‘spontaneous generation’ – the theory that maggots arose from rotted meat.

 

He was also the very first biologist to describe ectoparasites, ticks, parasite flies, and interesting experiments of chemotherapy. He discusses his observations on hippopotamuses and the capybara.

 

This 1687 edition features six full-page engravings foliage, leaves, Annona tree fruit, and snake eggs. It is taken directly from the first edition published in Florence and includes Redi’s famous ‘Letters’ in addition to his ‘Experiments’. This collection of works was published before his most famous work ‘Bacco in Toscana’ a famous literary work on wine.

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1687 Francesco Redi Science Experiments on Insects Vipers SNAKE Natural History

 

Francesco Redi was a 17th-century Italian physician who recorded his most famous biology experiments in “Experiments on the Generation of Insects”. This work, first published in 1668, disproved the vipers could consume wine, break glass, and that their venom was poisonous if ingested. His observations on snakes helped establish many of the accepted understandings of snakes, particularly venomous snakes. Redi played an important role in refuting ‘spontaneous generation’ – the theory that maggots arose from rotted meat.

 

He was also the very first biologist to describe ectoparasites, ticks, parasite flies, and interesting experiments of chemotherapy. He discusses his observations on hippopotamuses and the capybara.

 

This 1687 edition features six full-page engravings foliage, leaves, Annona tree fruit, and snake eggs. It is taken directly from the first edition published in Florence and includes Redi’s famous ‘Letters’ in addition to his ‘Experiments’. This collection of works was published before his most famous work ‘Bacco in Toscana’ a famous literary work on wine.

 

Item number: #2060

Price: $1500

 

REDI, Francesco

 

Esperienze intorno a diverse cose naturali, e particolarmente a quelle, che ci son portate dall’Indie fatte de Francesco Redi e scritte in vna lettera al reverendiss. padre Atanasio Chircher della compagnia di Giesv

 

Napoli: Giacomo Raillard, 1687.

 

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  • Collation complete with all pages: [12], 125, [10], 234
    • Illustrated with 6 engraved plates
  • Language: Italian
  • Binding: Vellum; tight & secure
  • Size: ~6.75in X 4.25in (17cm x 11cm)

 

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2060

Categories

Natural History

Medicine & Science

Authors

REDI, Francesco

Printing Date

17th Century

Language

Italian

Binding

Leather

Book Condition

Excellent

Collation

Complete