Il Museo cartaceo di Cassiano Dal Pozzo : Cassiano naturalista (Quaderni puteani, 1)
Milan, Olivetti / Arnoldo Mondadori Arte, 1989
(27 cm), viii, 106 (2) pp., 71 illustrations (some in colour). Publisher’s pictorial wrappers. - The Museo Cartaceo (”Paper museum”) was a collection of prints and drawings of antiquities, architecture and natural history subjects, produced for Cassiano Dal Pozzo (1588-1657). This volume of studies is the first (of two) in which are published the proceedings of a conference convened jointly by the British Museum and the Warburg Institute, 14-15 December 1989. It focuses on Cassiano’s interest in natural history and science, and contains papers by Francis Haskell (Introduction), Henrietta McBurney (A brief history of the Museo cartaceo; and: Cassiano Dal Pozzo’s drawings of birds), David Freedberg (Cassiano, natural historian; and: Cassiano Dal Pozzo’s drawings of citrus fruits), and Francesco Solinas, who contributed papers on “The oryx” (two large antelopes imported into France, in 1634 and 1636, identifying the second of these as the subject of a drawing in a private collection), on the illuminated herbarium and botanical drawings from Cassiano’s collection, and on Francesco Stelluti’s treatise on fossils and the four volumes of the Natural history of fossils in the Royal Library, Windsor. ¶ Some shelf wear; otherwise a good, unmarked copy.