· Bononiae
Sole edition: Testa's lecture on the life and works of Marcello Malpighi (1628–94), the biologist, physician, and professor who made great advances in microscopic anatomical studies. This work is now uncommon, with a search of WorldCat finding only five U.S. institutions reporting holdings (Cornell, Yale, National Library of Medicine, Linda Hall, Wayne State).
Provenance: Front free endpaper with early inked inscription in Latin, above caption "ricevuto dall'autore" dated 24 April 1811. Half-title with later pencilled ownership inscription of Howard Bernhardt Adelmann (1898–1988), author of Marcello Malpighi and the Evolution of Embryology and editor of The Correspondence of Marcello Malpighi. Later from the residue of the stock of the F. Thomas Heller bookselling firm (est. ca. 1928). Contemporary speckled light blue paper–covered sides with sheep shelfback, spine with gilt-stamped leather title-label and gilt roll; spine and extremities rubbed, spine head and front joint with insect damage. Front pastedown with modern pencilled annotations, front free endpaper with inscription as above. Moderate foxing throughout. => A very nice association copy. (Inventory #: 40664)