Naples: Andrea Colicchia, 1670. First Edition. Hardcover. Quarto (4to). Very good+ condition. Item #019639
[viii], 168 pages of text. Original vellum covered boards with minor shelfwear and aging, with original hand-lettered spine. Measures 208 x 150mm. Complete with the engraved title page and 29 engraved plates. Two different plates are numbered XI. A few pages with minor ink staining, a few pages with minor browning, and several pages with minor foxing. A few ink markings on the inside front cover. An attractive and intact copy in original un-restored condition. Agostino Scilla (1629-1700) was a pioneer in the study of fossils. His discoveries in Sicily and Malta led to the publication of this work on marine fossils likely illustrated by Scilla, who was a fine painter of the 17th Century Sicilian school. In this classic of geology, he affirmed that fossils were not "lusus natura" or sports of nature, but instead the remains of living creatures trapped in mud or soil that hardened and turned into rock. Nissen ZBI 3780: Cicognara 3338. First edition.