Padua: 1713. First Edition. hardcover. 1 full page plus 2 folding copper plate engravings. 184pp. 4to, contemporary vellum; some chipping on the spine, lightly rubbed, bumped at the corners, faint damp-stain in the gutter, old library perforated stamp on recto of title page covered by pasted down old inked signature tag on verso. Padova: Manfre, 1713. very good.
Vallisnieri was a man of wide scientific interests, making fundamental contributions to embryology, parasitology, geology and comparative anatomy. His second work, in fact, is an atlas of the dissected brain of an ox. "In comparison with contemporary scientific thought, Vallisnieri's work has a very modern character. Following...the way opened by Galileo...and Francis Bacon...he rejected scholastic knowledge and trusted solely in direct observation and experiments". He considered man to be related to animals and his remarkable ideas on this subject were forerunners of evolutionary concepts.