Lot 409: [Soldini (Francesco Maria)] - De Anima Brutorum Comentaria,
27 October 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: 8 plates printed in sepia, title printed in blue & sepia, 7 historiated initials printed in blue, text within decorative border, a little light marking to title, otherwise internally very good, contemporary half vellum, rubbed at edges, 8vo, Florence, Cajetan Cambiagi , 1776. A superb example of early color printing . The plates are fascinating, depicting both real and mythological creatures, meant to expound on the author's pre-Darwinian theories of evolution. The work is also noted as being one of the earliest to advocate vegetarianism.