Arena Filippo

Della natura, e coltura de' fiori fisicamente esposta. Palermo, Angelo Felicella, 1768

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Arena (Filippo)

Della natura, e coltura de' fiori fisicamente esposta.

Published in Palermo, Angelo Felicella, 1768. 4to. Three volumes, first edition, later issue of volume I, engraved frontispiece and engraved vignette on title in vol. 1 and woodcut vignette in vol. 2, woodcut floral initials and devices, 65 hand colored folding plates (photostatic copy of plate 7), including frontispiece, contemporary half calf with floral motifs on panels, gilt spines, marbled edges, extremities rubbed, some chipping to spines and vol. 3 with front joint split but still holding, [Nissen BBI 48].

A very important and rare botany book, one of the rarest Italian Florilegia. The work deals with the anatomy of the flower, its reproduction (including an early discussion of pollination), horticulture, the cultivation of flowers and the creation of a flower garden.
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