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Torrubia, José.
APARATO PARA LA HISTORIA NATURAL ESPAÑOLA. TOMO PRIMERO. MADRID: HEREDEROS DE DON AUGUSTIN DE GORDEJUELA, 1754
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Torrubia, José.
APARATO PARA LA HISTORIA NATURAL ESPAÑOLA. TOMO PRIMERO. MADRID: HEREDEROS DE DON AUGUSTIN DE GORDEJUELA, 1754
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Torrubia, José.
APARATO PARA LA HISTORIA NATURAL ESPAÑOLA. TOMO PRIMERO. MADRID: HEREDEROS DE DON AUGUSTIN DE GORDEJUELA, 1754

Folio (300 x 205mm.), 14 engraved plates on 10 leaves, contemporary vellum, 3N with short tear in text


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Palau 337759; Nissen ZBI 4148

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The Franciscan José Torrubia was a missionary in the Philippines and Mexico between 1720 and 1750. This work is the fruit of observations made on his travels through America, Asia and Spain. Torrubia's most important contribution was to geology, especially palaeontology (a ten-page index of the location of fossil finds in the world is included) and this is the first work in Spanish on fossils. Although he interpreted his data from a biblical perspective, arguing for example that the enormous bones found in his excavations came from giants, his training as a field naturalist and the wealth of vivid detailed observation, accompanied by superb illustrations, make the work an invaluable source of information. Torrubia's palaeontological theories were known throughout Europe in his day: reviews of this polemical work appeared in French and British scientific journals, and he was cited in the Encyclopedie.

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