Sale 167 Lot 120
Opera omnia, figuris elegantissimis in aes incisis illustrata. London: Thomas Sawbridge & George Wells, 1686.
2 vols. in one. Folio, contemporary vellum. First edition of Malpighi's collected works, including his famed work on the anatomy of plants, the embryonic development of the chick and the anatomy of the silkworm, his being the first monograph on the silkworm. Illustrated with engraved frontispiece and 123 engraved plates including seven small supplementary plates. Minor dampstaining to bottom of some pages; manuscript ex-libris to title page; bookplate tipped in verso f.f.e.p. and remnants of bookplate to front pastedown; some scattered foxing and staining; some soiling to vellum; 2-inch closed tear to frontispiece.
Together with Opera postuma, figuris aeneis illustrata. Quibus praefixa est eiusdem vita a seipso scripta. London: A. & J. Churchill, ad Insigne Nigri Cygni, 1697. Folio, rebound in modern library buckram, renewed endpapers. First edition, with 19 engraved plates and engraved frontispiece. Text pages evenly toned; lacking frontispiece portrait; scattered spotting and staining; bookplate and blind-stamp of the Columbia University Library. Rare first editions of Malpighi's complete works.
Estimate $ 1,500-2,500
Property from the Collection of Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, North Chicago, Illinois