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Titel: Note overo memorie del Museo di Lodovico ...
Verlag: Padua, Paolo Frambotto, 1656
Folio, pp. [xx, including frontispiece] 306 [recte 307] , with engraved frontispiece and 114 engravings in text; a small paper flaw on page 73 affecting a few letters, a fine, crisp copy in contemporary Italian vellum.First edition,a fine association copy, having belonged to Francesco Redi, of this important early illustrated museum catalogue. Moscardo acquired the collection of Francesco Calzolari (1522-1609), a Verona pharmacist who had amassed one of the first specialised natural history collections. Moscardo added his own collection of antiquities, medals, and paintings.The first part is devoted to antiquities, medals, statues, and ethnographic objects (pre-Columbian shoe, etc.). 72 plates illustrate this section. The second and third parts are devoted to (mostly) natural history objects, including an extensive collection of shells, minerals and fossils, with 42 plates devoted to these subjects. ‘The first section describes and illustrates his antiquities: Roman statues, portrait busts, coins, urns, stellae, perfume bottles, votive objects, seals, oil lamps, lapidary inscriptions and jewellery. The section also includes Egyptian scarcophagi, fragments of a giant's bones, and some Renaissance medals. ‘The second section lists over 100 minerals as well as petrified objects and fossils. The final section comprises corals, shells and preserved aquatic creatures (such as crocodiles, a sting ray, a swordfish, a seahorse, a shark, and even the mythical basilisk), fruits, seeds, pods, beans, gums and ointments, a harpy, the bones of giants of whom the poets tell us, a small collection of phallic amulets, musical instruments, paintings and drawings, American Indian shoes, and at the end a large assault catapult. There are many interesting discussions as well, such as a section on magnets and others on the properties of various metals and minerals. Among the items illustrated and discussed are a Greek "fibula gimnastica," which is a chastity ring for men that will ‘conserve the voice and the health.’ This is the first illustrated sexual device. The collection was seen by Ray in 1663 and by Gilbert Burnet in 1685’ (Schuh, Biobibliography of mineralogy, (Mineralogical Record, online). The frontispiece depicts Nature (in a variation of the many-breasted Diana of Ephesus) flanked by Antiquity as an old woman and Art as a young woman. It is signed ‘Albert Pasi fecit Veronae’. The collection passed to the Miniscalchi family, where the remains may be seen today as part of the Miniscalchi Foundation in Verona. The frontispiece depicts Nature (in a variation of the many-breasted Diana of Ephesus) flanked by Antiquity as an old woman and Art as a young woman. It is signed ‘Albert Pasi fecit Veronae’. Provenance: Francesco Redi (1626-1697 or 1698), with his signature on front pastedown and title, and notes in the text in his hand (pages 57 and 118); Redi was a prominent seventeenth-century scientist, regarded as the founder of experimental biology; he disproved spontaneous generation and did pioneering work on parasitology. See DSB XI pp 341-343 Freilich catalogue 404; Gatterer I 279; Murray I p 84 and III p 34; Nissen ZBI 2898; Sinkankas 4611; Wilson, History of Mineral Collecting, p 218. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 3933
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