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FLORA: FEDERICO CESI'S BOTANICAL MANUSCRIPTS. Brent Elliott et al. Royal Collection Trust, London, 2015. Published in association with Harvey Miller Publishers, Brepols Publishers, Turnout. The Paper Museum of Cassiano dal Pozzo: A Catalogue Raisonne -- Drawings and Prints in the Royal Library at Windsor Castle, the British Museum, the Institut de France and Other Collections. Series B: Natural History, Part 7. Three volumes. Vol. 1: 440 pp. with 281 ills. (277 col.). Vol. 2: 436 pp. with 320 ills. (313 col.). Vol. 3: 446 pp. with 280 ills. (263 col.). 29 x 22 cm. ISBN 9781905375783 In English.
Publisher's description: This three-volume catalogue presents five manuscripts containing some 780 mainly botanical drawings, now in the library of the Institut de France. They were produced for Federico Cesi in the 1620s to further the research of the scientific society he had founded in Rome, the Accademia dei Lincei, of which Cassiano dal Pozzo was a member. The manuscripts were acquired by Cassiano in 1633 following Cesi's death, together with three companion manuscripts dedicated to drawings of fungi (published in Part B.II of the catalogue raisonne). Many of the drawings depict plants such as ferns, bryophytes, mosses and liverworts, which had been considered 'imperfect' because (like fungi) they seemed to lack reproductive structures -- flowers, fruit or seeds. In 1624, Galileo gave his fellow academicians a microscope, and with this novel 'aid to the eyes', wrote another Linceo, 'our Prince Cesi saw to it that many plants hitherto believed by botanists to be lacking in seeds were drawn on paper'. Indeed, these drawings constitute some of the earliest microscopic studies in the history of science.
Artist(s):Cesi, Federico
Indexing: Western, Europe — Italy — 1600-1800 — Drawing and Watercolor, Graphic Arts (Prints) — Books/Illustration/Printing
Plans: 73,56
Worldwide Number: 167169
Hardcover $338.00    

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