Epistola ad virum amplissimum W. Roell … De testudine cartilaginea, descripta atque accuratissima icone illustrata ex museo …. Johannes Alberti Schlosseri …

Amsterdam, Kornelis van Tongerlo, 1770.

4to, pp. [4], 39, [1], printed in Dutch and Latin on facing pages, with 1 folding engraved plate; a very good copy, printed on thick paper, bound in recent marbled wrapper with printed label to front cover.

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First and only edition of Boddaert’s description of the freshwater Southeast Asian softshell turtle found in the Schlosser natural history cabinet. This is the first monograph on (and the first illustration of) this particular species which was then as much as today priced as medicine and food.

Roel was professor of medicine at Utrecht.

Nissen, Zoologische Buchillustration, 434; Cobres 128.

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