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"Sir" John Hill In Italian

HILL, Giovanni. Decade di Alberi curiosi ed eleganti delle Indie Orientali e dell'America ultimamente fatte gia note dall'idioma Inglese, ridotto all Italiana Favella, col lasciare intatta la descrizione Latina, a corredata di aliquante note. Rome, Stamperia Salomoni, 1786.

4to. [17.5 x 23.5 cm], (4) ff., 31 (1) pp., 10 engraved plates signed Bianchi after P. Maioli. Bound in quarter vellum and brown pebbled boards, title gilt on spine. Blank margin of title soiled, otherwise excellent.


Scarce first Italian edition of this description of a selection of trees and plants, of which the majority are said to be illustrated for the first time (so Plesch), by the prolific British botanist credited with introducing the Linnaean system of classification into Britain. This appears to be the only Hill title published in Italian, with the 10 plates re-engraved after the originals of the English edition (1773).

* Hunt 679; Nissen BBI 878 (without noting prelimins); Pritzel 4076; P.A. Gerstner in DSB VI.400-01; Henrey II.102ff., with illustration of plate 7, p. 104.

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