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Antonio VILLA (1806-1885) & Gio. Battista VILLA (1810-1887).

[ITALY, Milan: four malacological works, three by the Villa brothers].

Two inscribed by their author.

Published: Milan, 1841-1863

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Antonio VILLA (1806-1885) & Gio. Battista VILLA (1810-1887).

[ITALY, Milan: four malacological works, three by the Villa brothers].


1.Antonio VILLA & Gio. Battista VILLA . Catalogo dei Molluschi della Lombardia. Milan: 1844. Small 8vo. Pp. [1-]4-10[-12]. Stapled into cream paper wrappers.

2.Antonio VILLA  & Gio. Battista VILLA. Dispositio Systematica  Conchyliarum Terrestrium et Fluviatilium quae adservantur in collectione fratrum … Villa. Milan: 1841. 8vo. Pp. [1-]4-62[-64]. (Some spotting). Yellow paper wrappers, stapled into cream paper wrappers. Provenance: H. Drouet (presentation inscription from the authors).

3.Antonio VILLA & Gio. Battista VILLA. Gite Malacologiche e Geologiche nella brianza e nei dintorni di lecco. Milan: 1863. Quarto. Pp. [1-]4-12. (Light toning). Stapled into light brown paper wrappers. Provenance: William Greene Binney (presentation inscription from the authors on a pasted on slip).

4.[Milan Museum]. Clavis systematicae distributionis Generum Testaceorum in Museo Mediolanensi exstantium. Milan: 1844. 12mo. Pp. [i-ii; 1-]4-28[-30 final blank]. Green lower paper wrapper bound in, stapled into cream paper wrappers. (4).

“Antonio Villa, born in Milan on August 24, 1806, was an Italian entomologist and malacologist. After completing his classical studies… and graduating in engineering, Antonio Villa formed a life-long fruitful partnership with his brother Giovanni Battista. He was active in various disciplines, from paleontology to conchology, from entomology to geology. Member of numerous academies… he was one of the founders of the Italian Entomological Society and of the Italian Society of Natural Sciences, …. With Giovanni Battista he created an important private collection of fossils and minerals, insects and shells, later donated to the Civic Museum of Natural History in Milan (eventually destroyed), whose catalog they edited in 1841. He mainly dealt with mollusks and insects, publishing numerous essays together and separately with his brother, and in particular the catalogs of molluscs (1844 and 1871) and moths (1865) of Lombardy.’ (Shellers from the Past and the Present). (4).

RIJ 913, 1017, 1703, 1886

  • Binding Condition: Acceptable
  • Overall Condition: Acceptable
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