(1661 – 1730)

De‘ Corpi Marini, che su‘ Monti si trovano; della loro Origine; e dello stato del Mondo avanti il Diluvio, nel Diluvio, e dopo il Diluvio: Lettere critiche.

[8] ff. (first blank), 268 pp., [8] ff. of index. With a portrait engraved by Marc‘ Antonio dal Rè and 6 engraved folding plates. Venezia, Domenico Lovisa, 1728.Bound together with:Raccolta di varie Osservazioni, spettanti all‘Istoria Medica, e Naturale. [6] ff., 176 pp., [4] ff. With a small engraved map on p. 158. Venezia, Domenico Lovisa, 1728. Two works in one volume 4° (235×173 mm). Contemporary carta rustica binding, spine with penned title and shelf label. Hinges slightly rubbed, a few leaves foxed..
BIBLIOGRAPHY: Nissen ZBI, 4220; Ward & Carozzi, 2215.
PROVENANCE: Presentation inscription by Vallisneri; unidentified engraved bookplate of the 19th century.
Presentation copy of the second amended and enlarged edition of this study on the fossils of the Bolca quarry by the famous Italian physician and early pioneer in geologyThe work is dedicated to Clelia (or Celia) Grillo Borromeo, a female mathematician and scientist. In her Milan salon she received famous scientists, including Vallisneri.In opposition to the Diluvian theory advocated by Scheuchzer and Woodward, Vallisneri accepted in Dei Corpi Marini “Fracastoro‘s concept that fossil shells found on mountains were there because the land had once been under the sea and had not been carried there by the Flood” (DSB XIII, 564). The first blank leaf bears Vallisneri‘s presentation inscription in brown ink. Unfortunately the first two lines with the dedicatee‘s name is blotted out, causing a small corrosion to the paper.The two works are often bound together. [369072].