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Golden Age, Moreelse, Johannes

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Item Description: 1634. No Binding. Book Condition: Very Good. Moreelse, Johannes (illustrator). Oil painting on canvas, 115 x 90,8 cm, before 1634. A fantasy portrait, a so-called tronie, depicting the Greek tyrant Periandros - ruling Corinth from 627 to 585 BC - with turban, coronet, hermine mantle, gold scepter and chain. Moreelse's virtuosity is abundantly present in this painting, not in the least because the observer is drawn so close to the life-size subject. Periandros’s right hand holds an open book and his left hand points to the left page with the phrase: ‘Milete to pan’ or ‘Practice makes perfect’, we expect to hear his voice at any moment while simultaneously moving his forefinger from the left to the right. There is a clear relationship between the style in which the present Greek tyrant is painted and that of a pendant by Johannes Moreelse, Democritus, in the Centraal Museum in Utrecht. For instance, the manner in which the highlightened lines on the left hand of Periandros are rendered returns in the fine paint stroke on the right hand in Democritus. The masterful handling of colours is apparent in this luminous painting of Periandros: there is a delicate balance of silvery tinges and shades of red and brown. At present seven signed or monogrammed works by the hand of Johannes Moreelse are known. An additional group of five unsigned works has been assigned to him. Prof. W, Sumowski, J. de Meyere former custodian of the Centraal Museum and W.J. Hoogsteder were among the first to assign the present painting to Johan Moreelse, the son of Paulus Moreelse (1571-1638). Because no dated works by Johannes Moreelse are known, no one has dared to establish a chronology for his oeuvre. Selected reference and description of the painting: J.W. Hoogsteder "At home with the collector", The Hoogsteder Journal, 1999, 6, p. 28-29. Provenance: Auction Het Gooi, Hilversum 24 february 1943, lot 234, assigned to G. Honthorst; Collection W.H. Meijer, Hilversum. Search for: At home with the collector - Hoogsteder & Hoogsteder; to obtain an additional description of this painting, including a picture. Collection Antiquariaat Rare Fish Books, Amsterdam since 1998. Bookseller Inventory # S163411

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ICHTHYOLOGIE ou HISTOIRE NATURELLE, générale et particulière: BLOCH, Marcus Elieser

Item Description: Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Berlin chez l¿Auteur & chez Francois de la Garde, dedication by the author to the Queen of France (1784), première partie: (1785), seconde partie (1785), troisième partie (1786) et puis Berlin, Paris et Londres, chez l¿Auteur & chez de la Garde, chez Didot et chez White, quatrième partie (1787), cinquième partie (1787), sixième et dernière partie (1788). With six engraved title-vignettes and 216 hand-coloured copper engraved plates by Berger, Bodenehr, Darchow, Haas, Henning, Schmidt and other artists. Parts 1-6 of 12 in 3 volumes. Large folio (mm 460x270). Pp. [16], 206, [2]; [4], 170, [2]; [4], 160, [2]; [4], 134, [2]; [4], 130, [2]; [4], VIII, 150, [2]. Contemporary red morocco, covers gilt-ruled with decorative corner-pieces, floral gilt devices at spine, titles on green morocco labels, gilt edges. A very fine and complete copy of the rare first issue (1785-1788) of the first French folio edition, published almost contemporaneously with the first German edition. A mini format of Bloch's French folio edition was published a few years later. Marcus Elieser Bloch was a surgeon in Berlin. It was not until 1780 that he began to work with fishes from Germany and abroad. The present publication (1784-1788), resulting from many observations by himself and illustrated under his supervision, contains good descriptions and faithful water-colours. The species the author collected either in dried or preservative state are often well drawn and well described, except for the colours which change after death of the fish. Bloch had very little knowledge of foreign marine species like Mediteranean fishes which is not surprising for a scientist who lived in an unfavorable land-locked area. Some illustrations of Mediteranean species - like the flying gurnard (Dactylopterus volitans) - are very unrealistic and executed in a " composite-like image style". Illustrations in the works of the leading Renaissance ichtyologists Belon (1553), Rondelet (!554), Salviani (1554-1558) and Gessner (1558), possibly commissioned or acquired by Bloch from donors, can highlight how Bloch constructed his fish models. His flying gurnard for instance appears to be a composite image based on elements from uncoloured illustrations made by the draughtsmen of his Renaissance predecessors. Bloch's creation of the flying gurnard was coloured by his artists afterwards. Some debate is going on whether the heightening in gold, silver and bronze in Bloch's plates - to reproduce the glistering sheen of wet fish scales - is present or not. Only spectrophotometric analysis of colour pigments could give an answer to the question if metals like copper, silver and gold have been used by Bloch's artists. Bookseller Inventory # 205022

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PISCIUM VIVAE ICONES. In aes incise et: COLLAERT, Adriaen
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Item Description: Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. An attractive set of eleven hand-coloured copperplate engravings in passe-partouts in attractive wooden frames (each 35.5 x 30.5 including, and 20 x 15.5 cm without the frame). First edition. Engraved and published by Adriaen Collaert, [Antwerp, c. 1598]. Ten landscapes with depictions of fish and one decorative title page from Adriaen Collaert¿s series of prints Piscium vivae icones. One of the great commercial successes of this well-known Flemish engraver, who succeeded in reputation even his teacher and father in law Philip Galle. The entire series consisted of 26 engravings including a title-page, which were sometimes sold as a set and sometimes separately. Gilt-heightened copies with original colour such as these are very rare. Although some coloured copies are known, unlike this one those tend to be heightened in Arabic gum and coloured using cheap pigments. Generally these are later states of the engravings. Our engravings are from the first state and first edition of the set, as is clear from the inscription on the title page, which reads ¿in aes incisae et editae ab Adriano Collardo¿ (engraved in copper and published by Adriaan Collaert). A similar leaf with a title page on birds Avium Vivae Icones, in aes incise & editae ab Adriano Collardo, is present in the collection of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. Joyce Zelen from the catalogue department confirmed the presence of such gilt-heightened accents in this engraving (Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, object RP-P-1997-86). The first edition was the only one which was engraved and published by Collaert himself. The second edition was produced, and the plates reworked, by Collaert¿s brother in law Theodoor Galle, who added his name to the title page and numbered the up to then unnumbered copper plates. The third and last edition was produced by Collaert¿s sons Jan and Carel. The first editions of Collaerts work are extremely scarce and far superior to others. Collaert catered to the demands of the popular culture of his time and his prints were highly sought after. Copies were produced in Paris by Peter Firens, in Utrecht by Crispijn de Passe, in Venice by Justus Sadeler and in Amsterdam by Nicolaes Visscher. Rare original colouring of copper engravings, heightening in gilt. Fish, shells, crustaceans, and turtles are depicted in fictitious, romantic, landscapes inspired by Pieter Brueghel the Elder. The landscapes appear to present an overview of the role aquatic species played in the economy of the Low Countries, featuring fishermen¿s boats, fish being caught, fish markets, fish being salted and placed in barrels, and limekilns. Although some marine species are depicted, the engravings show mostly freshwater species. A number of fish are not anatomically correct, which in some cases may be meant to be entertaining and in some cases may be a simple mistake. Overall though, the depictions are true to life and the physical characteristics needed to determine the species are clearly depicted. The study of nature received much attention in the sixteenth century, not only because of practical motives such as the improvement of medicine and agriculture but also because of religious motives, in the sense that to study nature was to study creation and therefore the creator. This led to a stream of publications on all types of animals and also found it¿s way into popular culture which meant publishers started producing sets of animal depictions such as these. Although it is often assumed that in such depictions the scientific accuracy of the depictions was less important, these engravings feature depictions copied from renowned naturalists as well as images which appear to be original and which were later reproduced in scientific publiciations. The majority of the depicted species were copied from the works of contemporaries including famous naturalists such as Pierre Belon, Hipolito Salviani, Guillaume Rondelet, and Conrad Gessner. Others are either original or were copied after an. Bookseller Inventory # 205028

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HISTORIAE ANIMALIUM liber IIII qui est de: GESSNER, Conrad

Item Description: Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Very rare first edition. Zürich, Christof Froschauer, 1558. Folio (389 x 238 mm), pp. 40, 1297, with printer's device on title page. Over 700 woodcuts in the text (Nissen, 1951). Engraved headpieces. Contemporary German blindstamped pigskin over wooden boards, roll-tool panels of prophets and bible scenes, intact brass clasps and catches. Some marginal dust-soiling and occasional marginal spotting, otherwise in mint condition. Inscriptions on title page: Christophero Arnoldo Artini Med. Doctor, me sibi & gratae posteriati comparavit; .emit D. Johann Macholt: & other early illegible inscriptions.The book was exposed at the Centraal Museum in Utrecht (2004), at the Amos Andersons Konstmuseum, Helsingfors (2004), and as part of the Linnaeus exhibition at the University Library of the University of Amsterdam (2007). A complete copy of the rare FIRST EDITION in an impressive contemporary binding. The present volume on fish and aquatic animals is a part of the Swiss naturalist Conrad Gessner¿s encyclopaedia of animals, Historiae Animalium. Educated with the aid of scholarships provided by key players in the Swiss reformation such as Huldrych Zwingli and Heinrich Bullinger, Gessner became first professor of Greek at Lausanne and later professor of medicine at Zürich, whilst also maintaining a medical practice as town physician. He wrote prolifically on a wide variety of subjects, but the Historiae Animalia was by far his most influential and most popular publication. In this work, one of the most popular books on natural history until the mid-eighteenth century, Gessner attempted to bring together all that was known about the animal kingdom in his day and to add to this as much new information as possible. The book is considered the first systematic treatise of the Renaissance and the basis of modern zoology. It was extremely well-received and was reprinted in rapidly succeeding editions during the following two centuries. Gessner was mentioned by Artedi and Linnaeus as well as many earlier ichthyologists as a researcher who influenced them. In fact, no systematic study of animals on the same level appeared until that by Cuvier, who nicknamed Gessner ¿the German Pliny¿, in the early nineteenth century. Interestingly, this volume on fish and aquatic animals is fundamentally different in style and more systematic than Gessner¿s other three volumes. Due to a relative lack of literature on fish from the classical era, Gessner based this volume primarily on contemporary research and first-hand observation. As a result, although the species are described in alphabetical order, the descriptions place much emphasis on the physical appearance of species and provide references to wider groups of morphologically similar fish (Hendrikx, 2014). The latter morphology-based organisation is independent from the physical organisation of the books. The number of species Gessner described was at the time absolutely spectacular. Up until then the publication describing the highest number of fish species was Guillaume Rondelet¿s Libri de Piscibus Marinis (1554) at around 450 species, in contrast Gessner described around 750 in the first edition of the work. Gessner¿s descriptions of aquatic species focus on physical characteristics, habitat, habitus, nomenclature, and use as medicine or food. In his work on fish Gessner placed greater emphasis on the medical component than in his work on other animals, and it appears he regularly used fish in his medical practice. This fourth volume of the Historiae Animalium, on fish and other aquatic animals, first appeared in 1558 and was followed by many expanded editions, translations and reissues over the course of the following two centuries. During Gessner¿s lifetime new descriptions and depictions, as well as new species, were added to the work. In addition Gessner¿s 1560 Nomenclator aquatilium animantium was based on it, containing the same illustrations as the Historiae Animalium but with an abridged. Bookseller Inventory # 205030

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AQUATILIUM ANIMALIUM HISTORIAE, liber primus, cum eorundem: SALVIANI, Ippolito

SALVIANI, Ippolito

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Item Description: Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Very rare first issue of the first edition. Romae: (Salvianus), M.D.L.IIII (1554 -1558), Folio: 41.0 x 28.0 cm, [8], 1- 257 p.p. (misprinted page number on last leaf, should be 255). With a copperplate engraved title-page bearing a medallion portrait of Salviani himself, set in an elaborate scrollwork frame decorated with shells, turtles, mermaids, and putti riding dolphins. With a dedication to Pope Paul IV, and not, as Salviani had originally intended, to Cardinal Marcello Cervini who contributed both financially and in the gathering of material. However on the title page the coat of arms of Cardinal Marcello Cervini, consisting of a unicorn underneath a cardinal¿s hat with tassels and cords, has been depicted above the title. Around the axis of Cervini¿s coat of arms new elements have been added, including 6 small French lilies, a child¿s face and a crucifix right underneath the cardinal¿s hat. The work includes 81 full-page copper engravings of 98 (numbered 1-53 and 55-99, with 54 omitted in the numbering) illustrations of fish and cephalopods. 37 of the full-page engravings, ff. 57, 59, 80, 82, 87, 89, 91, 94, 96, 98, 103, 105, 107, 110, 112, 119, 135, 148, 151, 154, 159, 169, 174, 178, 183, 187, 190, 192, 194, 196, 201, 203, 206, 227, 230, 233, and 240, with blank versos. The engravings on ff. 112, 130, 149 and 206, depicting a sturgeon; a tope; a skate; and a trigger-fish, bear correction slips in letter press pasted over the engraved captions. With historiated initials throughout the work. The front flyleaf of our copy bears a watermark of a French lily. In addition four other pages bear ecclesial watermarks. We have been unable to identify these, and they do not appear to have been described in any reference work. Bound in contemporary calf, which has been skillfully rebacked. Flawless except for some minor tears not affecting text and images which have been skillfully repaired a long time ago. A superb and complete copy of the very rare first issue of the first edition. Salviani¿s Aquatilium animalium historiae (1554-1558) is the first iconography of fishes illustrated with copperplate engravings, most of Salviani¿s contemporaries opting for woodcut illustrations which were cheaper and easier to produce but also less beautiful. The superbly produced depictions were printed on Salviani¿s own press. The design of the title-page and several of the images have been attributed to Nicolas Beatricetto and it is generally assumed that Antonio Lafrery was the engraver. Another current theory is that Salviani commissioned sketches of Italian fishes from B. Aretinus, who produced them after fresh specimens purchased at Roman fish markets. It is thought that Beatricetto based his drawings on these sketches as well as on depictions obtained from a number of other sources including A. Masius, L. Ghini, and D. Barbatus. The sources of Salviani¿s depictions of species that were not common in Italy (native to Germany, England and Greece) are not known, it is assumed that Cardinal Marcello Cervini, who later became Pope Marcellus II, obtained these depictions of foreign species from his international contacts. As the personal physician of Pope Julius III and subsequently of Marcellus II and Paul III Salviani held an important position within the Vatican. In addition to this he taught practical medicine at the Sapienza University in Rome from 1551 to 1568. Salviani obtained his first privilege for the Aquatilium Animalium, as well as a stipend to complete the work, from Pope Marcellus II in 1551. However it would take several more years before the work was finished, and a second privilege was obtained from Henry II from France in November 1554. This also proved premature, as at this stage only the title-page was completed. After the death of Pope Marcello II in 1555, work on the Aquatilium Animalium slowed down significantly. The work was finally finished in 1557 and was published under a privilege of Pope Paulus IV. There a. Bookseller Inventory # 205044

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Diverses especes De POISSONS tant de Mer,: FLAMEN, Albert
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Item Description: No Binding. Book Condition: Very Good. Diverses especes De POISSONS tant de Mer, que d¿Eau douce. For more info about this item, see our RARE FISH BOOKS site. Van Merlen, Paris, 1664. First Edition, 6 parts in 2 volumes (16.5 x 12.5 cm), with 67 engraved plates (22 x 15.5 cm) by Albert Flamen. A superb and COMPLETE SET OF ENGRAVINGS on large paper. Flamen used to first etch his plates and worked them afterwards lightly with a dry needle. The plates of this copy are carefully folded 'sur onglet' and beautifully bound in full blue morocco with gilt ornamental design on spine and inner dentelles. All edges gilt. Colourful marbled pastedowns, front and end papers. Latin and French names of fish and other aquatic animals are given below engravings. The album is a MASTERPIECE OF ART. Complete albums of Flamen¿s fish engravings are extremely rare. Albert Flamen from Bruges was a painter, draughtsman and engraver of landscapes with fish. He worked in Paris from 1648 to 1669. His album Icones Diversorium Piscium !664 contains engravings resembling Collaert's compositions. Flamen, however, situated aquatic animals in realistic landscapes against a background of ditches, rivers, lakes and sea harbours. The scenes with fishermen, rowing boats, sailing ships, drift nets, seines, traps and fishing rods make clear that the artist was well acquainted with fishery. The Latin and French names of the species are often mentioned below the engravings. The images are original, realistic and authentic. Volume 1 POISSONS d¿ EAU DOUCE. One engraved half-title, dedicated to Monsieur Foucquet, with entwined fresh-water fishes, being the first part of fresh-water fishes. Eleven engraved plates with still-lifes of freshwater-fishes and piscatory activities. One engraved half-title with a fish-harbour, being the second part of fresh-water fishes. Eleven engraved plates with still-lifes of fresh-water fishes and angling-scenes. Volume 2 POISSONS DE MER. One engraved half-title with entwined sea fishes, dedicated to Guillaume Tronson, with his coat-of-arms, being the first part of sea fishes. Eleven engraved plates with still-lifes of sea fishes, crabs and lobsters. One engraved half-title with entwined sea fishes and a harbour, being the second part of sea fishes. Eleven engraved plates (six of the first issue and five of the second issue) with still-lifes of sea fishes, crabs, turtles and fishermen. One engraved half-title dedicated to Guillaume Tronson, with a sea harbour and a whale, being the third part of sea fishes. Eleven engraved plates with still-lifes of sea fishes and fishermen. One engraved dedication leaf to the Marquis D'Illiers with his coat-of-arms against a harbour-scene with fishing boats. Six engraved plates with still-lifes of sea fishes and piscatory activities. References: Harvard Library, copy with only 11 engravings. British Museum, copy with 24 engravings. Leiden University Library, copy with 43 engravings. Provenance: Circular leather bookplate of the author Roger Paultre with his motto: ¿ Mihi hodie, cras tibi.¿ Pautry's private collection of books was auctioned at Drouot, Paris, on juillet 1993. The present copy (lot 108) was sold for Ff 40.000 (commission not included). Bookseller Inventory # 205029

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Ittiolitologia veronese del museo Bozziano ora annesso: VOLTA, Giovanni Serafino

Item Description: Soft cover. Book Condition: Good. Verona: Dalla stamperia Giuliari, 1796-[1809. A broad margin copy of Volta¿s Ittiolitologia, consisting of a text volume in large folio (39.2 x 55.0 cm), pp. LII, CCCXXIII, with the author¿s name on CCCXIII, and an atlas with LXXVI copper engraved plates (nineteen folding, double-page or larger) with depictions of 143 fish species, some reaching extreme sizes like il tonno (tuna, Scomber thynnus) with 120 cm and la torpedine (common torpedo Raja Torpedo) with 150 cm, drawn by the Veronese artists Joseph Buffetti and Leonardus Manzatti. Publisher¿s wrappers, bindings loose, spines lacking. Volta's voluminous works are often loose and repair is in most cases needed. Both volumes of our copy are stored in conservation boxes ¿elegante cofanettos¿, handmade by Andrea Fioravanti former bookbinder of the Uffizi Gallery Museum in Florence. Text volume with some water staining to outer margins of a few pages. Atlas with some inoffensive water staining to margins not affecting images. A few gatherings, including text and plates, slightly browned. A complete copy. Total weight 12 kg, additional shipping costs. Volta describes the fossil fish collections of the Museo Bozziano, comprising the collections of Count Giovambattista Gazzola and others. All fossils were from Monta Bolca near Verona. Volta studied many ichthyological works of his time in order to determine the various species e.g. for the European fauna (Belon 1553, Salviani 1554-58 Gessner (1558), Aldrovandi 1612-1613, Willughby 1686, Marsigli 1726, Gronovius 1726, Bloch (1784-1788) and Bonnaterre 1788); the American fauna (Marcgraff 1648 and Catesby 1754) and Asian fauna (Renard 1718-1719, Valentijn 1724-26 and Seba1734-35). For the taxonomy of fishes the Linean binary nomenclature was followed. Examples of non realistic identifications in Volta¿s work are Pl.V, fig. 4 l¿Ago Cinese (Fistularia Chinensis); Pl.XVI, fig.2 il Persico Americano (Perca formosa) and Pl. XXV, fig.1 la Laccia Indiana (Clupea thrissa). The Ittiolitologia veronese del museo Bozziano was published under the auspices of the Societa Ittiologica di Verona and dedicated to the Royal Society, London. Around 1805 the fish fossils were removed by Napoleon¿s Army and taken to Paris. Provenance: Vecchi Libri Studio Bibliografico di Pietro Crini, Firenze, Italia. Bookseller Inventory # 205058

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Iconografia della fauna italica per le quattro: BONAPARTE, Charles L.
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Item Description: Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Salviucci, Roma, 1832. First and only Edition. Folio (38 x 29 cm), 278 pages and 78 hand-coloured lithographed plates. The plates contain the images of 181 fish species, all finely finished by hand and often heightened with silver and gold. They were drawn by Alex. Capalti, Petrus Quatrocchi and Carolus Ruspi. The lithography is by Battistelli, Rosi, Santarella and Wieller. Contemporary binding in dark blue half morocco. Five raised bands on spines and gilt lettering. The second compartment reads Car. L. Bonaparte Iconografia Fauna Italica and the third compartment reads Tomo III - Pesci. Dark blue marbled pastedowns, front and end papers. Some minor light foxing at margins of papers, boards slightly rubbed. Weigt: 5.8 kg. Front board bears a dedication in gilt lettering: Les enfants DU PRINCE CHARLES LUCIEN BONAPARTE au docteur PROSPER PIETRA - SANTA . A prestigious copy of this monumental work. Charles-Lucien Bonaparte was the eldest son of Lucien Bonaparte, a brother of Napoleon. He was a scholar of high repute and member of many scientific academies of Europe and America. He published several works on natural history, mainly on birds. The Iconografia della fauna italica consists of three volumes: volume 1 on mammals and birds,volume 2 on reptiles, and volume 3 on fishes. All together 1104 pages and 180 hand-coloured lithographed plates. The volume on fishes is abundantly well illustrated. Each Willughby, 1743) image of a fish species is accompanied by an extensive description and a long list of references of Renaissance ichthyologists (Belon 1553, Salviani 1554-1558, Gessner 1558) and modern ichthyologists (van Schonevelde 1624, Jonston 1660, Willughby (1743), Lacepede 1798-1803). Bookseller Inventory # 205024

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BAIRISCHE LANNDTSORDNUNG oder BAYERISCHE LANDESORDNUNG. For more: ANONYMOUS
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Item Description: Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. INGOLSTAT; [ALEXANDER & SAMUEL WEISSENHORN], 1553. Folio (327 x 213 mm), pp. 18, 1, 19-125, 1, 126-197, 20. Gothic letter, red and black throughout. Engraved pictorial title showing Duke Albrecht V of Bavaria within an architectural setting, surrounded by five councillors, lion at feet, receiving the statute book. Title on scroll supported by putti, above arms of the Dukes of Bavaria. Woodcut of a measuring rod and a crayfish on page 153 verso, three folding plates with ten woodcuts of freshwater fish recto and verso. Woodcut initials. Contemporary binding of German blindstamped pigskin over bevelled wooden boards, roll-tool panels of Biblical scenes and allegorical depictions, original brass clasps and catches completely intact. Library label pasted on the innerside of frontboard and small library stamp on the bottom of front paper, not affecting the engraving. An exceptionally well preserved copy with contemporary blindstamped pigskin and original brass claps, VERY RARE IN THIS CONDITION. The subjects covered by the Bavarian Provincial Ordinance include capital crimes, civil law, trade, Jews, gypsies, the Church, musicians, public health, beer and wine. The laws give an interesting insight into sixteenth century thinking on many topics. For instance the so called "Reinheitsgebot"or code of purity for Bavarian beers and the laws regarding fishing. Fish was an important staple food at that time. The book functioned as a fisheries manual to ensure that the fishing was properly regulated. The species illustrated are crayfish, chub, salmon, grayling, trout, roach, barbel, pike, asp, carp and bream, originating from Bavarian lakes, the Danube and its tributaries. The depiction of the asp was copied by Gessner for his Historiae Animalium, Liber IV (1558), a prevailing work on aquatic animals at the time. Gessner included the illustration of the asp alongside that of the pike-perch and added text explaining which information he obtained from which sources. To help in the enforcement of the Bavarian laws the illustrations were used to assist in the identification of the various fish species. The drawings were also employed in conjunction with a measuring rod, to ensure that undersize fish were not taken. Nissen, 1969, in his work on zoological book illustrations has ranked the Bairische Landts Ordnung as number three in his chronological list of oldest books with fish illustrations. Provenance: Bibliotheca Capucinorum Burghusil. Nissen, 1969, ZBI 4570. Bookseller Inventory # 205018

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Ichthyologie ou Histoire Naturelle des Poissons. En: BLOCH, Marcus Elieser

Item Description: Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Berlin chez l¿auteur. 1796. 6 vols octavo (210 x 126 mm). Title-vignets, half-titles, 216 hand-coloured engraved plates, some heightened with silver. Text to some plates printed in red. Half- title to vol. II not bound in. Contemporary speckled full calf, gilt rule borders to covers, red and black morocco labels to spines. Armorial book label to each volume. A complete copy of the French edition with four volumes text, 1291 pp. and the plates bound as volumes five and six as published. The present copy has no markings of any kind, no wear, and no foxing. The rare first octavo edition of Bloch's Ichthyologie. A copy in magnificent condition. Publishing history : The first German edition Bloch¿s Allgemeine Naturgeschichte der Fische with 12 text parts and 432 plates was issued in folio format in Berlin from 1782-1795. A French folio version entitled Ichthyologie ou histoire naturelle générale et particulière des poissons was composed almost concurrently: parts one to three about German fish species was issued by the author in 1785 in Berlin and parts four to twelve about fish species of all over the world by the author & Didot and White in Berlin, Paris and London from 1785-1797. Parts one to six (1784-1788) of Bloch's work was sold by the publisher as a complete set and as the first French folio edition. This edition was extended between 1788 and 1797 to a twelve parts French folio first edition and was sold as such. A second French folio edition by the author in Berlin followed (1793-1795) containing parts 1-6 with 216 plates. The present copy (1796) is an octavo-format of the second French folio edition, however, some of the plates are different: scary anatomical details of some fish species presented in the folio edition are omitted. We assume that the octavo edition was designed for children. Provenance: Emily Mercer, Countess of Shelbourne, later Marchioness of Lan(d)sdowne (1819-1895). Bookseller Inventory # 205023

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Naeukeurige beschryving van de Natuur der viervoetige: JONSTON, John

Item Description: Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Amsterdam, J.J. Schipper, 1660. First Dutch edition. Folio (377 x 237 mm), six parts in one volume; pp. 8,194; 8, 179, 1, 56; 181, 3; 8, 152; 39, 1. With 4 beautiful allegorical engraved title pages and 250 full-page fine engraved plates by Matthias Merian. Engraved head-pieces (Nissen, 1951). Contemporary mottled calf. Professional rebacking of hinges incorporating original spine. Spine with six raised bands and gilt decorations. Second compartment reads J. Jonston van de dieren. The preliminaries of some sections in the Dutch edition are misbound. An Amsterdam copy on thick paper without age browning in a contemporary dark leather binding, very rare in this condition. Jonston (1603-1675), born in Poland of Scottish ancestors, was an assiduous compiler and published numerous works. He was a physician, practising medicine at Leiden for several years. His Historiae Naturalis appeared in instalments at Frankfurt between 1649-1662. It was reprinted in its entirety at Amsterdam in 1660. The work has four main parts: Part one, mammals with 80 plates; part two, fishes with 48 plates, one more than in the Latin edition, depicting the sea unicorn, with an extra leaf of text; a sub-part of part two with other sea animals including 20 plates; part three birds with 62 plates; part four insects with 28 plates; a sub-part of part four with snakes and dragons including 12 plates. Jonston's compilations are usually full of images. The latter are the real pleasure of these books today. They include fabulous beasts such as the unicorn, phoenix, mermaid and dragon. Apparently Jonston could not or would not distinguish between the creatures haunting the misty but always accessible regions of human imagination and those roaming in sunlit but uncharted regions of the real world (Dance, 1978). The Dutch edition was presented by the Dutch East India Company in 1663 at Decima to the Japanese ruler Shogun Yoshimune, and it became the only source of knowledge on Western zoology in Japan until 1750, when a Japanese compilation was published. Provenance: Inscription in Indian ink on frontis pastedown: "Desen boek behoort toe aan L .Salms de Lorge". Nissen, Schöne Fischbücher, 1951, 82; Dance, 1978. Bookseller Inventory # 205036

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PISCIBUS LIBRI V et de cetis lib.: Aldrovandi Ulisse (1522-1605)
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Item Description: Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Bologna, Apud Nicolaum Thebaldinum, 1638 [colophon: Bononiae: Marc Antonio Bernia (typis Jo. Baptista Ferronii), 1661]. Folio (358 x 236 mm), pp. 6, 732, 28, (Wood, 1931 and Nissen, 1951), one additional leaf inserted after p. 480 and paginated ccclxxi-ii and another unpaginated leaf with woodcut illustration inserted after p. 492. Beautiful allegorical title page with marine motifs. About 400 woodcuts, many full-page, in text. Engraved head-pieces. An early eighteenth-century binding of Italian vellum, spine gilt with Greek key patterns and orange label bearing the title ¿Aldrovandi De Piscibus¿. All edges red. An exceptional thick paper copy without age browning and two additional plates, which are not recorded in the bibliographies. Aldrovandi (1522-1605), professor in natural history at the University of Bologna, spent his life and fortune in assembling the materials for his great natural history work, in thirteen volumes. The volume on fishes and whales was both a revival of fanciful zoology with sea monsters inspired by the work of the Swiss scientist Conrad Gessner in his Historiae Animalium liber IIII (1558) and an advance towards true observation of nature, rectifying what Aristotle and other classical authors had written. He copied descriptions and illustrations of aquatic animals by Belon (1551), Rondelet (1554), Salviani (1554 -1558) and others. Most of the new species described and illustrated by him came from the Mediterranean sea and Italian inland waters. An example of a new illustration, drawn from nature, is the parrotfish on page 8. The woodcuts of Aldrovandi exercised a great influence on succeeding illustrators of zoological texts until Buffon published his Histoire Naturelle from 1749 to 1804. The work was not finished when Aldrovandi died in 1605. The volume on fishes and whales, drawn up in part from his notes by his Dutch successor at Bologna, Johannes Cornelius Uterverius from Delft, was not published until 1613. It was reprinted at Bologna in 1638 and 1644 (Pietsch, 1995). The present copy contains an inserted text leaf, dated 1661 and titled ¿Auctariolum de inviso antea Pisce Monstroso¿, following page 480 and a further leaf, containing a full-page woodcut (without text), following page 492. The woodcut illustrates the monstrous fish described on the text leaf; the fish was discovered on 10th March 1661 by the Capo di Poscilico near Naples. It was 12 palms long; it looked a bit like a moray eel, and had a mouth like a trumpet. These two leaves are not recorded in the bibliographies and this makes the copy exceptional and rare. Provenance: Armorial bookplate of Bibl. Castill. with the motto Delectant et Docet. Wood, 1931; Nissen, Schöne Fischbücher, 1951, 112; Pietsch, 1995. Bookseller Inventory # 205017

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A selection from the most remarkable and: BENNETT, John Whitchurch

Item Description: Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown and Green, 1830. First edition 4to, pp. VIII, and 30 fine full page hand-coloured lithographs by J. Clark after Bennett¿s drawings, each plate accompanied by a tissue guard and a page of description. Publishers green cloth without spine lettering. Some first edition copies have morocco or calf over cloth boards. Scientific and local names in Singalese are given for each species. Several plates are watermarked Whatman and some have a watermarked date. Similar watermarked Whatman paper was used by the publisher J. Goodwin for the first edition of A treatise on Fish and Fish-ponds by Roger North. Both works were issued in the same year. Pages have no markings of any kind, no wear and no foxing. This first edition of Bennett¿s pioneering book on the fish of Sri Lanka is far superior - in terms of artistic skill and printing standards - to the later editions of 1834 and 1841. (Peter Dance, Art of Natural history, 1990, p.6). A lovely copy. Bennett explains in the preface of his book that he has adhered in his drawings of the fishes, strictly to nature; and, as far as his colours permitted, imitated their various hues: but, alas, in vain must be every endeavor to attain perfection. He named the great trevally, a new fish species to science, Scomber heberi, in honor of Reginald Heber, Bishop of Calcutta, who had supported Bennett¿s ichthyological research. It is noteworthy that in the same year another classic on fishes by North (1830) was printed on watermarked J. Whatman paper as well. Alwynne Wheeler 1999, Nissen ZBI 316. Bookseller Inventory # 205021

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De AQUATILIBUS, LIBRI DUO. Cum eiconibus ad: BELON, Pierre

Item Description: Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Carolum Stephanum, Paris, 1553. Pierre Gourdelle (illustrator). Oblong octavo (117 x 177 mm). pp. (32), 448, with 187 woodcuts of fish and aquatic animals, many full page, in the text. 18-19th century full vellum, spine with raised bands, third compartment with lettering: De Aquatilibus. Small wormhole to the blank lower margin of few central leaves, negligible light browning. The volume is introduced by a 17th century handwritten text on the (3) flyleaves. 20th century bookplate (Italian author Ivano Comi) with an illustration of a hippocampus on the front paste-down. See another copy of Belon's De aquatilibus (1553) from the Convento dei Cappuccini Verona on this web site as well. A handsome copy of the rare Latin edition. Belon was a Renaissance scientist and based his work on true observation, rectifying what Aristotle, Oppianus, Pliny and other classical authors had written. He divided aquatic animals into two divisions, those provided with blood and those without, corresponding to the modern taxa: Vertebrata and Invertebrata. They were classified according to size, differences in the structure of the skeleton, mode of reproduction, number of limbs, body form and on the physical characteristics of the habitat (Pietsch, 1995). There are drawings of 110 species of fish. Nearly all the marine fishes are Mediterranean but there are also species of the Atlantic region obtained from the Paris market. Marine mammals, crabs, lobsters, shellfish, oysters and cockles are depicted as well. Other descriptions and drawings refer, however, to fabulous animals like the horse of Neptune, the sea monk and the sea eagle. The existence of these animals was not clearly denied by Belon. The fact that they were illustrated was enough to validate the stories which gave birth to them, and many later books reproduced them unaltered (Dance, 1978). Bookseller Inventory # 205019

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De aquatilibus, Libri duo. Cum eiconibus ad: BELON, Pierre or
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Item Description: Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Carolum Stephanum, Paris, 1553. Pierre Gourdelle (illustrator). Oblong octavo (117 x 177 mm). pp. (32), 448, with 187 woodcuts of fish and aquatic animals, many full page, in the text. Contemporary vellum with original title in ink on spine. Some pages browned, see images. Belon (1517- 1564), was a Renaissance scientist and based his work on true observation, rectifying what Aristotle, Oppianus, Pliny and other classical authors had written. He divided aquatic animals into two divisions, those provided with blood and those without, corresponding to the modern taxa: Vertebrata and Invertebrata. They were classified according to size, differences in the structure of the skeleton, mode of reproduction, number of limbs, body form and on the physical characteristics of the habitat (Pietsch, 1995). There are drawings of 110 species of fish. Nearly all the marine fishes are Mediterranean but there are also species of the Atlantic region obtained from the Paris market. Marine mammals, crabs, lobsters, shellfish, oysters and cockles are depicted as well. See another copy of Belon's De aquatilibus (1553), on this web site as well. A handsome copy of the rare Latin first edition in a contemporary vellum binding. Belon was a Renaissance scientist and based his work on true observation, rectifying what Aristotle, Oppianus, Pliny and other classical authors had written. He divided aquatic animals into two divisions, those provided with blood and those without, corresponding to the modern taxa: Vertebrata and Invertebrata. They were classified according to size, differences in the structure of the skeleton, mode of reproduction, number of limbs, body form and on the physical characteristics of the habitat (Pietsch, 1995). There are drawings of 110 species of fish. Nearly all the marine fishes are Mediterranean but there are also species of the Atlantic region obtained from the Paris market. Marine mammals, crabs, lobsters, shellfish, oysters and cockles are depicted as well. Other descriptions and drawings refer, however, to fabulous animals like the horse of Neptune, the sea monk and the sea eagle. The existence of these animals was not clearly denied by Belon. The fact that they were illustrated was enough to validate the stories which gave birth to them, and many later books reproduced them unaltered (Dance, 1978). Stamp on p. 299 and 446 [not affecting text or images]: Loci Cappuccinorum Veronae with religious motives. A few ms. notes in ink in contemporary hand. Bookseller Inventory # 205020

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Finlands Fiskar Malade. Fishes of Finland. For: Sundman, Gosta, REUTER,

Sundman, Gosta, REUTER, Odo Moranal and MELA, A.J.

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Item Description: Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. The fishes of Finland drawn and coloured from life by Gösta Sundman. Helsingfors, G.W. Edlund & Co., 1883-1893, 12 parts bound in one volume. Folio. Pp. 20, 8, 7, 6, 12, 14, 6, 8, 2, 11, 12, 17, 34, II (10), with 41 stunning chromolithographs, heightened with silver, and finished by hand: "The drawings are all in natural size and made from live fish; whenever these were too large for the plates, to insure accuracy, the original drawing has been mathematically reduced". Attractive binding in wine red half calf, very fine condition. A complete copy. The text, in parallel columns in Swedish and English, deals with the taxonomy and ecology of the Finish fish fauna and the fishing techniques applied by anglers and fishermen. Literature references are restricted to post Linnean authors such as Yarrell, and Schlegel (1869) and Houghton (1879). Tiny label of the Bildstens Bokbinderi of the Eksjö Museum in Sweden on inside of front cover. Nissen, Schöne Fischbücher, 1951, nr. 104. Bookseller Inventory # 205042

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DE NATURA AQUATILIUM CARMEN. In alteram partem: BOUSSUET, Francois

Item Description: Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Lugduni, apud Mathiam Bonhome, 1558. Quarto (210 x 146 mm), 2 partes bound in one, pp. 20, 240, 2, 5-135. With Bonhome¿s Perseus device on title page of part one and a woodcut medailion portrait of the author in part one on c2 verso and in part two on aa2 verso, 466 fine woodcuts of fishes, shells and other aquatic animals. An early collation probably a first issue. The book is preserved in a seventeenth vellum binding, the spine has been inscribed in ink with author and title information; inscription on title-page: Hic liber completes est. Inscriptions in contemporary handwriting. A handsome copy in very good condition, with a distinguished provenance: Jan van der Hoeven (1801-1868), Dutch naturalist, Leiden, and Roger Paultre, French writer, Paris. A large folding leaf, numbered 65, with a woodcut of the De Stella Arborescente and often accompanied by a text on recto and verso, is not bound in. Just as in our copy. Other copies have the folding leaf tipped in to page 66 or to page 67 (kk2), or to page 71 of the second part of the book, see for instance Christie¿s sale 2361, lot 290, december, 2010, New York. Folding and tipping is often crudely done either in a horizontal position opposite p. 64, see copy one of the library of Madrid or in a vertical position opposite p. 64, see copy two of the library of Madrid. The following can be remarked about the condition of the remaining copies of Boussuet¿s De Natura Aquatilium Carmen, which have been preserved now for over four and a half centuries. Many vellum bindings have been damaged and others have been restored in the 18th century. Boussuet (1520-1572), a physician, wrote a synopsis of medical profession in 12 books summarizing the knowledge of sixteenth century medicine based on his own experience and of the doctrine of the ancients. Boussuet in his De natura aquatilium carmen tells the reader in his Elegia that he has followed Guillaume Rondelet (1507-1566), his mentor, in reporting the natural history of a certain number of aquatic animals. Indeed, the work is illustrated with all the excellent woodcuts from Rondelet's Libri de Piscibus Marinis, in Quibus Verae Piscium Effigies expressae sunt. Univerae Aquatilium Historiae pars Altera, cum Veris Ipsorum Imaginibus, Lugduni, apud Mathiam Bonhome, 1558, including the sea monk and the sea bishop. Reverdy illustrated Rondelet¿s work, he was a painter, a woodblock carver, an engraver, and a sculptor in Lyon. We assume that Boussuet got the publisher¿s permission (Matthiam Bonhome, Lyon) to use Georges Reverdy¿s woodblocks, since all depictions are not mirrored. Boussuet¿s book consists of a number of verses, which give information on the habitat, the behaviour, the reproduction and the taste of fishes. Extensive attention is given to the culinary aspects. The texts have an emblematic character as well: the verse on the sargo or sea- bream for instance includes the following phrases: "The sea-bream is not satisfied with one wife but carries away many of them and wanders often through the waters of the sea. He often burns of a perverse love for the goats, but these are for this unlucky creature the cause of his death". Boussuet finishes the preface of the book with the remark that he has written a small work, that can be obtained for a modest price. "But once purchased by the reader it will always be kept close to his heart¿. Signature in ink JvdHoeven, 1835, on the first flyleaf, circular leather bookplate from Roger Paultre at the inside of front cover. Nissen, Schöne Fischbücher, 1951, no 116. Bookseller Inventory # 205026

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De Historia Piscium libri quatuor, jussu &: WILLUGHBY, Francis

Item Description: Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Londini, C. Davis, 1743. including an additional engraved title page dated 1685 and signed "Paul van Somer" showing a miraculous catch of fish, fishermen holding a dragnet, a herald announcing the arrival of fresh fish and Pallas Athene drawing a cod, A reissue of the 1686 edition, The Royal Society authorised this re-issue in 1740 (published in 1743). 187 full-page engraved plates with a title-page dated 1743 and the addition of a 12 pp. index by C. Mortimer. Folio (377 x 235 mm), pp. 8, 344, 32, 12, 12. Engraved head-pieces. Contemporary calf, gilt rules consisting of flower motifs on both covers, spine with raised bands and compartments with black armorial tooling (old rebacking), red gilt-lettered label, outer turn-ins and all edges gilt. Contemporary unobtrusive scholarly pencil annotations to text and plates, joints and corners slightly rubbed. Some of the plates bear contemporary letterpress cancel slips over their captions. A well preserved and attractive copy. A letter signed by John Van Voorst was found inside the copy. The Historia Piscium, although it bears only Willughby's name (1635-1672) on the title page, is in large part the work of John Ray (1627-1705). Both scholars had gathered the principal materials for their book on a journey to France, Germany and Italy from 1663 to 1666. Willughby described and dissected all sampled fish and Ray arranged them under classes and families. As for species, the authors assembled not only those that they described from nature, amounting to 178, but also those (including the drawings) of Rondelet, Belon, Salviani, Gessner, Collaert, Piso, van Schonevelde (von Schoenfeld) and others, whose descriptions they interpolated with their own. The total number came to 420. But Willughby and Ray occasionally failed to recognize that some species were identical to others taken from the preceding works, so there is some duplication (Pietsch, 1995). New illustrations to their work are marked with a dagger. The text of the first edition was printed at the expense of Bishop John Fell, while the plates were financed by several members of the Royal Society, particularly by the Society's president Samuel Pepys to whom the work is dedicated. Each plate bears the name of the donor. Nissen, Schöne Fischbücher, 1951, 130. Bookseller Inventory # 205061

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Naturgeschichte und Abbildungen der Fische. For more: SCHINZ, Heinrich Rudolf

SCHINZ, Heinrich Rudolf and BRODTMANN , Karl Joseph

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Item Description: Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Weidmann, Leipzig, 1836. Small folio, 312, VIII, with 97 colour lithograph plates finished by hand. Drawings and lithography by the famous artist Joseph Brodtman (1787-1862). Contemporary boards with renewed spine. Text with slight foxing, The plates are bright and virtually without foxing. Four plates with unoffensive marginal fingermarks. Schinz (1777-1861), a Swiss scientist, was a first-class populariser of zoology, capable of producing beautifully illustrated books about animals, in particular on fishes. An attractive copy with contemporary freshly colouring of images. Schinz made an extensive study of colour-plate books by Bloch, Cuvier & Valenciennes, Bonaparte, Rüpell and others. The images of these books were used as models for his own colourful drawings. About 320 fishes were depicted. European as well as tropical species were described. The Linnean taxonomic system was respectfully followed by Schinz. The names of the species are given in German, Latin and French. Literature references are credited in the descriptions of the images. Nissen, Schöne Fischbücher, 1951, nr. 115. Bookseller Inventory # 205053

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A Treatise on Fish and Fish-Ponds, by: NORTH, Roger

Item Description: Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. London, published by J. Goodwin, MDCCCXXX, 4to (331 x 235 mm.), pp.(4), 92, with 18 hand-coloured copper plate engravings. Contemporary style half black straight grained morocco, early green cloth sides, gilt lettering and ruling. Slight staining to cloth. Printed on watermarked Whatman paper dated 1822 (4 pages) and 1824 (8 pages). Contemporary hand-colouring. Almost invisible tiny blind stamps of the Boston Society of Natural History on some pages. A complete and clean copy, in very good condition. History of publishing: "A Discourse of Fish and Fish-Ponds by an anonymous author" was first published by Edmund Curll in 1713. Most likely this treatise on fish farming was written by Roger North. This issue plus a series of eighteen plain plates of fresh-water and marine fishes drawn and engraved between 1735 and 1740 by the Albin family (Eleazer, Elizabeth and Fortin) appeared in 1794 under the title "The history of Esculent Fish" with plates drawn and engraved by Eleazar Albin, and "An Essay on the Breeding of Fish, and the Construction of Fish-Ponds, by the Honorable Roger North. This 1794 and uncoloured edition appears to have been a publisher¿s venture. Evidence for this assumption comes from Nissen (1969) and Dean (1917). The series of plates by the Albins is mentioned by Nissen as no 57 Icones Piscium. The plates, however, have never been issued under this title. They were appended to The history of esculent fish to which text has been written at some period posterior to 1774 (Dean II, p. 200). We noticed in the text of our copy (a second edition) some references to the nomenclature by Artedi and Linnaeus. Since the works of these Swedish scientists appeared a few years after Roger Norths death in 1734 it seems likely that an anonymous author contributed to the first edition (1794). After publishing of the second edition (1830) other issues entered into the market (1832-1835). The presence of watermarks in paper in conjunction with the years marked under the engravings by the artist gives more information on the publishing history of the book: The Barbell, Elizabeth Albin depictio, paper watermarked J. Whatman 1824 Carp, Eleazar Albin delineavit, paper not watermarked The Chub, Fortin. Albin delin. 1740, paper not watermarked The Cod Fish, E. Albin Delin. paper not watermarked The Haddock, Fortin. Albin delin. 1740, paper not watermarked The Herring, E. Albin Del. paper not watermarked a Mackarel, Eleaz. Albin del. a Mackarel, Eleazar Albin delinavit.July 21. 1735 the Mullet, Eleaz Albin Delin., paper not watermarked The Pearch from the River Rhine, ELeaz. Albin del: May 1 1739, paper watermarked J. Whatman 1824 A Pearch, Eleazar Albin Del. July 8. 1736, paper watermarked J. Whatman 1824 The Pike, Eliza. Albin delin. The Roach, E Albin Del: 1739. A Shad, Eleazar Albin Del. June 30. 1736. A Tench, Eliz. Albin Delin May 27 1737, paper watermarked J. Whatman 1824 A Salmon Trout from Berwick on Tweed, E Albin the Trout; Albin Fecit The Whiting Fortin Albin. delin, paper watermarked J. Whatman 1824 Comparisons of the images of the 1830 edition with those of the 1794 edition reveal that they are not mirrored. We assume that the publisher (Goodwin) has used the original copperplates of the the 1794 edition for manufacturing the second edition. It is noteworthy that in the same year (1830) another classic on fishes by Bennett was printed on watermarked J. Whatman paper as well. Bookseller Inventory # 205041

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Ichthyologia, et Nomenclatura animalium marinorum, fluviatilium et: SCHONEVELDE (Schönfeld) (Schonefeld),

Item Description: Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Ex Bibliopolio Heringiano, 1624, quarto, 87, Latin text with the complete 7 fold out copper plates. Contemporary vellum boards and spine. Red spine label states Ichthyologia, Schonevelde. Some inoffensive staining. Extremely rare book on ichthyology. A significant contribution to the taxonomy of fishes. Stunning and bright images. A contemporary binding. Some images were copied by Willughby and Ray: Tab 1. Albula Nobilis see Willughby, 1686, Tab. N 6, 4 as Eperlanus Schonfeldij. Tab II. Asellus Virescens see Willughby and Ray, 1686, Tab. L.m.I.n3 as Asellus virescens Schonfeldij. Asellus Varius 6. see Willughby and Ray, 1686, afbeelding in Tab. L.m.I.nI als Asellus varius Schonfeldij. Tab III. Cataphractus actus see Willughby and Ray, 1686, depiction in Tab. N 6, 3 as Cataphractus Schonfeldij. Cataphractus supinus. see Willughby and Ray, 1686, depiction in Tab. N 6, 1 as Cataphractus supinus Schonfeldij. Tab IIII. Taenia Cornuta, see Willughby and Ray, 1686, depiction in Tab. Q3, 6 as Taenia cornuta Schonfeldij. Mustela marina Vivipara , see Willughby and Ray, 1686, depiction in Tab. H3, 5 as Mustela vivipara Sconfeld. Aculeatus marinus Maior. see Willughby and Ray, 1686, depiction in Tab. X13, 2 as Aculeatus marinus maior Schonfeldij. Tab V. Lupis marinus Nostras and Lycostomus balthicus. Tab VI. Scorpius Marinus Alter and Idem Supinus. Tab VII. Spirinehus and Siluri uera effigies. A complete copy and a charming collectors item. Provenance: at the inside of the front cover intials in ink perhaps by Theodoor G. van Lidth de Jeude (1788-1863) Utrecht; signature in ink by Prof. Jan van der Hoeven(1801-1868) Leiden; circular leather bookplate from the author Roger Paultre, see auction collection Roger Paultre de livres illustrés : Drouot Richelieu, Ader-Tajan, Paris, 6 juillet 1993. Nissen Schone Fischbucher no 116. Bookseller Inventory # 205055

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The Heraldry of Fish. Notices of the: MOULE, Thomas
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Item Description: Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. John van Voorst, printed by Samuel Bentley, London, 1842. Contemporary full-green Morocco. First edition. Super Octavo (259 x 162 mm), pp.15, 250, with 205 fine wood-cuts in the text. Engravings probably by Mary and Elizabeth Clint. Full green morocco, gilt lettering on spine and 5 raised bands. Second compartment reads Heraldry of Fish, third compartment Moule, and London 1842 on spine heel. Other compartments with gilt emblems. Gilt ornamentation on covers. Gilt bordered dentelles, marbled pastedowns, front and endpapers, top edge gilt. A beautiful and very rare large paper copy. Moule states that, as symbols for names, almost all fish have been used in heraldry. A UNIQUE COPY with 11 ADDITIONAL PLATES of which one is hand-coloured. In many instances fish have been incorporated into the arms to reflect the produce of the state or the family name. The fish displayed on the heraldic device may also be chosen by the bearer of the device because he feels that the particular species displays a characteristic which he admires. Thus the acquaint device has a twofold interest. The subjects in The Heraldry of Fish are arranged according to a natural history form of classification. The book consists of XIV sections. Of particular interest are: V. The salmon, trout, smelt, and grayling, with their enemy the otter; XII. The dog-fish, sea lions, and other monsters; XIII. The seal, mermaid and triton. Among the extra illustrations, some of which are hand-drawn, are: the contre-seal of Godfrey de Lucy, Bishop of Winchester; the autograph, seal and arms of Sir Thomas Lucy; the arms of Walton and Cotton; the ancient seal of the corporation of Swansea; and the arms of van Voorst of Utrecht. The only hand-coloured plate is of Coryphaena hippurus. Bookseller Inventory # 205039

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British Fresh-Water Fishes. For more info about: HOUGHTON, William

HOUGHTON, William

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Item Description: Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. London, William Mackenzie, [1879]. First edition. Two folio volumes. 41 plates of fishes by A.F. Lydon after Benjamin Fawcett, coloured from woodblocks and heightened with gum arabic. Plates protected by tissue-guards. Numerous engraved chapter vignettes and 64 wood-engraved illustrations with river and lake scenes. Title-pages printed in red and black. Original publisher's brick textured cloth. Black-, gilt-, blind-stamped with piscatorial motives like anglers, dragon flies, water lilies and bull rushes on both covers. All edges gilt. Occasional light foxing in margins mostly to preliminary leafs.Houghton was a keen observer. In the preface of his book we found the following characteristic remark: "Although some additional knowledge on the subject of the British fresh-water fishes has been gained since the publications of the works of Yarrell and Couch, - excellent as those are, - yet much remains obscure" and this critical note was apparently the reason to investigate thoroughly the salmonid species. He gives descriptions of the Loch Stennis trout, Loch Leven trout, Windermere char, Torgog char, Loch Killin char and distinguishes about twenty other salmonid species. The fishes are magnificently depicted. In the 20th century taxonomists have reduced this number to less than 10 true species. Nissen, Schöne Fischbücher, 1951, nr. 78. A complete and well-preserved original copy. Publisher's copies, in general, have badly joined and sewn gatherings and this explains why many of them were rebound in new covers. Houghton was a keen observer. In the preface of his book we found the following characteristic remark: "Although some additional knowledge on the subject of the British fresh-water fishes has been gained since the publications of the works of Yarrell and Couch, - excellent as those are, - yet much remains obscure" and this critical note was apparently the reason to investigate thoroughly the salmonid species. He gives descriptions of the Loch Stennis trout, Loch Leven trout, Windermere char, Torgog char, Loch Killin char and distinguishes about twenty other salmonid species. The fishes are magnificently depicted. In the 20th century taxonomists have reduced this number to less than 10 true species. Nissen, Schöne Fischbücher, 1951, nr. 78. Bookseller Inventory # 205034

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Tableau encyclopédique et méthodique des trois règnes: BONNATERRE, Pierre, Joseph
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Item Description: Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Panckoucke, Paris, 1788. First and only Edition. Quarto (294 x 221 mm), LVI, 215 and 102 plates. Contemporary leather binding of full mottled dark-brown sheep. Five raised bands on spines with gilt lettering and elaborately gilt decorations. Second compartment with dark-brown label reads Encyclopedie, Tom. 130. Fourth compartement with black label reads Histoire Naturelle. Poissons. All edges yellow-green. Colourful marbled pastedowns, front and endpapers. Covers and hinges slightly rubbed. Most copies of Bonnaterre's work are issued with paper boards. These copies are, in general, in a very poor state of preservation. The present copy is made by a contemporary binder, who maintained the high standards in hand work. An exceptionally well preserved and handsome copy with all plates in top condition. Provenance: Small modest stamp with Herzoglich Lichtenberg Naturaliencabinett on title page. Bonnaterre (1752 -1804), a priest in the Rouergue and professor at the central school of Rhodes, had been assigned by the publisher Panckoucke to contribute to the Encyclopédie méthodique, dealing with mammals, birds, reptiles, fishes and insects. He composed an extensive text for the part on fishes and availed himself of the works of most of the earlier authors and collected drawings of more than 400 species. He copied many of the drawings by Bloch (1784-1788) and when these were not available he took them from the works of Gouan (1770), Broussonet (1782), Pennant (1767) and others. When these authors failed him he even returned to the classics like Willughby (1743), Rondelet (1554), Salviani (1554-1558) and Piso (1648). Bookseller Inventory # 205025

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Halieutica. For more info about this item,: GIANNETTASIO, Nicolo Partenio

GIANNETTASIO, Nicolo Partenio

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Item Description: Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Neapoli, Ex Officina Jacobi Raillard, 1689, first edition. Crown octavo (154 x98 mm), with one engraved allegorical frontispiece showing Apollo with lyre and fishing rod offering a fish to a group of women, and 11 engraved plates, decorative headpieces, printer's flowers and woodcut tailpieces. Bound in early nineteenth-century vellum. Spine with gilt ruled bands and gilt lettering. Supralibros of the House of Masséna with their cote of arms stamped in gold on both covers. All edges gilt. Provenance: André Masséna (1758-1817), Duc de Rivoli , Prince d' Essling. According to the " Héraldique Européenne", the cote of arms of André Masséna includes: " Une victoire ailée de carnation, tenant dans sa main dextre une palme et dans sa sénestre une couronne de laurier en pointe un chien couché de sable ". Giannettasio (1648-1715), a Jesuit, was teacher in philosophy and mathematics. His halieutics or "piscatory eclogues" are illustrated with beautiful allegorical fisheries scenes engraved by Francois de Louvémont and Vincent Hubert after the Italian painter Francesco Solimena (1657-1747). Dean, 1923, Bibliography of fishes. Bookseller Inventory # 205031

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Ichthyotheologie, oder Vernunft und Schriftmassiger Versuch der: RICHTER, Johann Gottfried
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Item Description: Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Leipzig, Herr Friedrich Lantischen Erben, 1754. Octavo (178 x 108 mm), pp. 32, 912, 28, including 1 folding table and 8 engraved plates. Woodcut initials. Contemporary full calf. Five raised gilt-ruled bands on spines. Second compartment with red gilt-lettered label, other compartments with gilt flower decorations, with the initials W. C. O. gilt-lettered on frontcover. Marbled pastedowns, front and endpapers. All edges red. A beautiful and complete copy with a contemporary binding. A general section on the classification and properties of fishes outlines the contents of the book. Richter knew the ichtyolgical literature of his time. An extensive list of ichthyologists from the 16th to the 18th century is presented in alphabetical order. As a protestant pastor he knew to find the books and chapters in the bible where information on fish is presented. The title ichthyotheologie of his book is more than appropriate. The morphology of fishes is embellished with a plate of a mermaid, a Chinese goldfish and a bandfish. The second part deals with the use of fish by man. The third part is about God's purpose of fish. A plate of a sperm whale (sperma ceti) is added and suggested as the possible fish species that swallowed Jonah. The so called Tobias fish is identified as a sandeel and depicted in another plate. Fabulous, strange and miraculous fishes are treated in the fourth part. A plate of the Moskowits fish with the face of a man is an example of a strange fish. Another plate gives the details of a snub nose carp. The last plate shows a suck-fish, a fabulous fish, which can attach itself to human beings. Descriptions of European fish species, are given in the last part. Provenance: Small label of a Russian Library on pastedown. Bookseller Inventory # 205043

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The complete angler or the contemplative man's: WALTON, Isaak and
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Item Description: Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. William Pickering, London, 1836. First Nicholas Edition. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. 2 volumes, pp. [16], ccxii, [2], 129; [2], [131]-436, [32]; 61 steel engraved plates from designs by Thomas Stothard and J. Inskipp. Each volume measures 7 3/4" x 10 3/4." Outstanding period full crushed green morocco bindings, raised bands, gilt titles, elaborate gilt floral compartments, ornately floral gilt boards, in the manner of Roger Payne, marbled endpapers, a.e.g. Binding: Holder, 46. Church St, Liverpool. A very handsom copy of one of the finest illustrated editions of Walton ever published. For this extensively illustrated edition, Pickering employed 27 of the most prominent artist, painters, and engravers of the day. Hinges slightly rubbed but very solid. A little scuffing to the leather. Varying degrees of offsetting/browning from plates and occasional light foxing as typical of much 19th century paper and ink. Coigney 44. Bookplate. Bookseller Inventory # 205050

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Histoire naturelle des Poissons. For more info: LACEPEDE, Bernard Germain

LACEPEDE, Bernard Germain

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Item Description: Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Paris, chez Plassan, ans VI-XI de la republique (1798-1803). Duodecimo (170 x 120 mm), 11 volumes, pp. 288, 416, 360, 472, 414, 413, 428, 447, 368, 401, 399 and 116 uncoloured plates. Contemporary light-brown half-calf. Sprinkled boards. Spines with six gilt ruled bands and gilt-lettering. Second compartments with salmon-coloured label, read La Cépède followed by volume number. Third compartments, with dark-blue label, read poissons. All edges yellow. Full-page engravings by the widow Tardieu after the famous painter de Sève, with descriptions of each fish species and many references to Linnean followers like Bloch (1784-1788) and Bonnaterre (1788). A complete copy of this rare taxonomic work, with beautifully preserved French bindings. Being a great admirer of the legendary zoologist Buffon, of the famous Histoire Naturelle (1749 -1804), Lacépède contributed substantially to this work by writing the chapters on Quadripèdes ovipares et Serpents (2 volumes), Poissons (5 volumes) and Cétacées (1 volume), (B.M.N.H.,1903). The five volumes on Fishes were printed in quarto (1798-1803). A reissue appeared in eleven volumes in duodecimo (1798-1803) as in the present copy. Nissen, Schöne Fischbücher, 1951, nr. 87. Bookseller Inventory # 205037

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Unterhaltungen in der Naturgeschichte aller Arten Fische.: SCHEUERECK, Friedrich August

SCHEUERECK, Friedrich August

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Item Description: Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Unterhaltungen in der Naturgeschichte aller Arten Fische. For more info about this item, see our RARE FISH BOOKS site Leipzig, Johan, Heinrich, Kaven, 1791. Octavo, pp. (16 ), 375, and 22 folding plates with 69 handcoloured copper engravings of fishes. Contemporary half calf with marbled boards. Old skillful rebacking, preserving the original spine. Five raised bands and gilt-tooling, second compartement bearing the title: Naturgesch. Der Fische. Scheureck's Naturgeschichte aller Fische is ONE OF THE VERY FIRST HANDCOLOURED FISH BOOKS. Artist and engraver are unknown, but possibly it is "gezeichnet und gestochen von Friedrich August Scheuereck" himself. The images are made in a style similar to that of van Schonevelde (1624). The work has an extensive literature reference list including all Renaissance ichthyologists. The author follows the nomenclature of Linnaeus. Although written for schools the book is a skillful and interesting systematical work. Books by Scheuereck are very rare. It is not present in the libraries of Harvard and Yale University. Literature: Heinz Wegehaupt, Kinderbücher, 1851-1900. Provenance: Ex-libris of the Bibilotheca Tiliana and a tiny handwritten signature of a previous owner: A.G. Juel, 1843. Bookseller Inventory # 205046

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Item Description: Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Strasbourg, chez Amand König, 1770. First Edition. Quarto (217 x 182), pp. 4, 18, 18, 2, 228, 228, 229-252, 3, with 4 folded engraved plates (Engelmann, 1846). Contemporary attractive full mottled calf. Spine with 5 raised bands. Gilt lettering. Second compartment reads: Goüan Histor Des Poissons. Other compartments with elaborately gilt decorations. All edges red. Binding slightly rubbed. Internally renewed with contemporary pastedowns front and endpapers. Illustrations from Goúan and engraved by Weiss. Goüan, a professor of botany at Montpellier, was one of the first proponents in France of Linnaeus' methods and nomenclature. As a strict follower of the Linnaean school he only paid attention to exterior characters. For example he seriously maitained that these animals possessed neither an internal nor an external ear. We should note , however, that the anatomy he gives includes a myology rather new for the time (Pietsch, 1995). His Historia Piscium, which is in Latin and in French, printed on opposite pages with separate numbering, was probably intended only as an introduction to a true general natural history of these animals. Engelmann, 1846; Pietsch, 1995. Bookseller Inventory # 205032

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