Dies Caniculares hoc est Colloquia Tria et Viginti Physica, nova et penitus admiranda ac summa iucunditate concinnata.
by MAIOLI, Simone.
Title printed in red & black. 4 p.l., 824,  pp. Small 4to, cont. blind-stamped panelled & bevelled pigskin over wooden boards (a few signatures browned), orig. catches & clasps. Oberursel: C. Sutor for J.T. Schönwetter, 1600. Second edition (1st ed.: Rome, 1597) and, like the first edition, very rare. Maioli (1520-97),was an Italian canon lawyer and bishop of Volturara. This is an encyclopedic work which covers a wide range of topics including astronomy; insects; birds; quadrupeds; fish; rivers, lakes, and seas; fountains and springs; mountains, fossils, volcanoes, and geology; metals and minerals; herbs and plants; demonology; asbestos in Cyprus; and other subjects such as werewolves. There is much on America: "Contains many interesting notices relating to the New World."-Sabin 44056-(not knowing of this edition). Charles Lyell mentions him as an early pioneer of geology as Maioli explained that all stratified rocks which form mountains consist of materials successively erupted by volcanoes. "Majoli suggested that fossil shells on the land had been ejected from the sea-floor by submarine volcanic explosions."-Geikie, The Founders of Geology, p. 53. Fine and handsome copy with the early ownership inscription of the Zwiefalten Abbey and an armorial stamp on title. Faint dampstaining towards end. ❧ Alden 600/60a. Thorndike, VII, p. 110. . (Inventory #: HillBibl-5201)
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