Paris: Rue S. Jacques, Chez Huart, de Monseigneus le Dauphin, a la Justice, 1741. xx, 361,  pp, 3 folding plates [1 chart, 2 illustrations]. Original calf [rubbed, joints beginning to crack but holding well]. Marbled endpapers. Spine decorated with gilt bands and floral patterns [old institutional gum label at spine base; institutional bookplate with withdrawal stamp on front pastedown]. Gilt morocco spine label; fore-edges in red. Folding chart, "Table de l'etat de l'air dans la Napolitan, Depuis le premier de May 1737. jusqu'au 8. de Juin exclusivement." Folding plates titled, " Le Mont vesuve Coupe' Par Son Sommet;" and "Le Vesuve Vu Du Palais Du Roi." Light scattered foxing limited primarly to outer leaves and folding plates. Remainder of text quite clean. Library paper label at foot of spine. Good+ to Very Good.
The work is attributed to Serao [1702-1785] as a translation of his "Istoria dell 'incendio del Vesuvio accaduto nel mese di maggio dell' anno MDCCXXXVII" . The book was translated by Mr. Duperron de Castera [1705-1762] of the Italian Academy of Scientists of Naples. Serao describes the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 1737 and the consequent geological and ecological changes. Item #35035