Della Sicilia, grand’ isola del Mediterraneo in prospetiva il Mont’ Etna, o Mongibello, esposto in veduta Da un Religioso della Compagnnia di Giesu.

  • [Massa, Giovanni Andrea]
  • Palermo: Appresso Vincenzo Toscano 1708


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FIRST EDITION, 4to, pp. viii, 126. Contemporary limp vellum. Some spotting and foxing. A few spots to vellum, spine sometime reinforced with tissue paper. Bookplate of Clifton College Library (William Davies bequest) to front pastedown, modern bookplate of J.B. Bury to flyleaf.


The rare first edition of the first part of this important early source on Sicily, especially Mount Etna. Massa (1653-1708) ended his career as rector of the college of Palermo, and despite several decades as a professor in various parts of Sicily this was his first publication. He died later the same year, leaving a substantial amount of additional material in manuscript; it was published the following year along with a reprint of this volume under the collected title 'La Sicilia in prospettiva' (also rare).

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