Memoria intorno alle produzioni fossili de’ monti euganei

TERZI, Basilio

Published by Nella stamperia del seminario, 1791
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8vo. [iv], LXVIII pp. Original blue printed wrappers; interior excellent. Heavily annotated in a contemporary hand. First edition of this noteworthy polemic on the rock formations of the Eugenian hills in Italy. Terzi, a Benedictine monk and scholar, claims that the formations were volcanic rather than marine in origin. This produced a "discourse" between Terzi and his contemporary, Antonio Carlo Dondi dall’Orologio (1751-1801), spawning as many as eight responses back and forth between the two scholars. Heavily annotated, the author of the marginalia in this text is a thoughtful and educated reader who is familiar in the subject area. It is quite possible that the author is Orologio himself; he appears to disagree with many of Terzi’s claims, using superlatives and exclamations to express his discontent with the work. One note in particular exclaims: "falso, falsissimo…" and continues to negate Terzi’s claims with vigor. A marginal note on page 19 states: "Falso. Orologio ne scopri prima (False. Orologio discovered it first)." It is probable that Orologio named himself to take credit for his earlier, original findings in these notes. Another possible author of the marginalia is the Venetian writer and naturalist Alberto Fortis (1741-1803), also a contemporary of Terzi’s, given that Fortis protested Terzi’s other works on the same subject (see Ugoni).Terzi (1734-1813) was also well-known for his work, Storia critica delle opinion filosofiche (Padua, 1776-1778). He later turned to geological studies and produced this volume (the first of five editions), along with other corresponding works and discourses on the Eugenian hills. Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: Memoria intorno alle produzioni fossili de’ ...
Publisher: Nella stamperia del seminario
Publication Date: 1791

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