Francesco Luzzini’s Theory, Practice, and Nature In-between: Antonio Vallisneri’s Primi Itineris Specimen was published in March of 2018 by Edition Open Sources (EOS).
The heart of the work is a critical edition of Antonio Vallisneri’s Primi itineris per Montes Specimen Physiocomedicum (First Report of a Mountain Journey, 1729). Vallisneri was one of Italy’s preeminent physicians and natural philosophers. This text is a travel account of Vallisneri’s trip across the northern Apennines. His engaging account illuminates many aspects of natural history at the time, including the development of methodologies in geology, anthropology, geography and other field sciences.
This edition includes a facsimile of the sole surviving original manuscript, a transcription of the text, an English translation, and an introductory essay. Explanatory notes throughout address textual, historical, philological, and scientific aspects of the text, making the work accessible and of value to a broad spectrum of readers.
This publication is the fruition of an Edition Open Sources post-doctoral fellowship established by OU and MPI in 2014.