Maravigna, Memoires pour servir a l'histoire naturelle de la Sicile + Memoirs of Etna orittognosia
Carmelo Maravigna, Memoires pour servir a l'histoire naturelle de la Sicile, JB Baillière, Paris 1838, pp. 88, 6 large plates in lithography folded several times, cm 21, splendid coeval half leather binding with wonderful fillets and decorations in silver and gold on the back and on the plates, sprinkled cuts.
In the work, the author first describes the most characteristic minerals of Sicily, in particular he dwells on sulfur, gypsum, celestine, etc. It also describes the molluscs and shells present on the island and proposes a comparison between basalt and tephrine.
Linked with: Carmelo Maravigna, Memories of Etna orittognosia and extinct volcanoes of Sicily which contain the description of all the simple minerals found in those volcanoes so far and already published in the proceedings of the Gioenia Academy of Catania, Méquignon Marvis, Paris 1838 , pp. 203, 2 large plates in lithography folded several times.
Research has shown that this memoir received particular praise from the Congress of Scientists of France.
Carmelo Maravigna (Catania 1782 - there 1851) was a careful student of mineralogy, he was the first to describe the most characteristic minerals of Sicily, of paleontology and above all of volcanology, with particular regard to Etna. He was professor of chemistry at the University of Catania.
Old library stamps extinct on the first three cards.
Small lack of 2 cm on the second guard paper with old restoration, browning, abrasions to the binding, however solid, otherwise the work is overall in good condition.
Extremely rare set.