4to, pp. , 43, , 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 wrappers, printed label on front cover.
Added to your basket:
Epistola ad virum celeberrimum Johannem Burmannum … De Chaetodonte Argo descripto atque accuratissima icone illustrato ex museo vir celeberrimi Joannis Alberti Schlosseri …
First and only edition of Boddaert’s description of this Indo-West Pacific fish species found in the Schlosser natural history cabinet.
This is the first monograph on this particular fish species. Boddaert substantially redescribes and for the first time illustrates the species. In his description he refers to the attempt by Linnaeus to describe this fish already in 1766 but dismisses that effort as misleading and confusing.
Johann Albert Schlosser (d. 1769) was a physician from Amsterdam, a member of the Royal Society in London, and a collector who had assembled a fine natural history cabinet. He had hoped to publish several of his collected treasures but was able to publish only a paper on a fish from Bavaria in the Philosophical Transactions (1764) and on a lizard in Epistola ad Ferdinandum Dejean (1768) before bad health forced him to stop. He asked Pieter Boddaert to publish other zoological specimens from his collection after his death. Boddaert duly published the present work, as well as three more papers, on Schlosser’s collection, while also arranging Schlosser’s estate and preparing his cabinet for auction. As was the custom at the time each of these publications was addressed to a colleague. This one was addressed to Johannes Burmann, professor of Botany at Amsterdam.
Nissen, Zoologische Buchillustration, 433; Cobres 128.
You may also be interested in...
UNRECORDED ENGRAVINGS CORBOULD, Henry (illustrator).
[Cover title:] Illustrations to Theodric, by Thomas Campbell, from designs by Henry Corbould, Esq.
Unrecorded, a suite of five engravings for Thomas Campbell’s Theodric (1824), though seemingly not intended for inclusion in any particular edition.
Epigrammatum Ioan Oweni Cambro-Britanni Oxoniensis. Editio postrema, correctissima, & posthumis quibusdam adaucta.
Scarce Breslau-printed edition of John Owen’s popular Latin epigrams, bound with the first edition of a rare German work providing guidance to princely and noble houses as well as military officials.