Oppianus. Della pesca, ê della caccia tradotto dal Grêco, ê illustrato con varie Annotazioni da A. M. Salvini.

Florence, Stamperia Reale, 1728.

8vo. 5 books in 1 vol. xvii (recte: xv), 510, (2) pp. Title-page printed in red and black, with engr. vignette. Contemporary unsophisticated boards with ms. title to spine.


First Italian edition of the probably most important extant classical work on fishing. The editio princeps of the Greek original text (Halieutika) was published by Giunta in 1515; the present translation, provided with several useful indices, is dedicated to the great bibliophile Prince Eugene of Savoy.

"The original work contains 3500 lines, divided into five books, of which the first two treat of the natural history of fishes and the others of the art of fishing" (Bibliotheca piscatoria). "Of all the ancient writers on fish and fishing, Oppian is easily the most important" (Dean).

Pagination of first quire somewhat confused, but complete according to all bibliographers and collations of all accessible comparative copies (e. g. Warburg DCH 555 via COPAC).

Occasional insignificant brownstaining, otherwise flawless, uncut copy in the original interim boards. Rare; at no international auction of the past 30 years.

Gamba di Bassano 2056. Parenti 450. Dean III, 295. Souhart 360. Bibliotheca Piscatoria 164. This edition not in Schwerdt.