Title: Aranei, Or The Natural History of Spiders ...
Publisher: Author at his Academy for Illustrating and Painting Natural History, London
Publication Date: 1793
Edition: First edition.
70  pages in text. Folio, 37 x 30. Two engraved title pages, twenty-eight hand-colored plates by Basire, Carwitham and Smith (all with multiple images) and tissue guards. Original Preface by Clerck. Martyn notes that 173 species of spiders depicted herein were "collected within a very few miles of London." "Thomas Martyn (1760-1816) is best known for establishing in the 1780's an art academy of youths possessing a natural genius for drawing and painting, to be cultivated and exerted under his immediate and sole direction in delineating objects of natural history.Most of [Martyn's] publications are now rare."[see: DNB p.1333]. A writer, pamphleteer, natural history dealer and draughtsman, Thomas Martyn is best known for his magnificent works on shells. Plates crisp and clean, text fresh and bright, untrimmed with toning to leaf edges only, bookplates, bound without the colored frontispiece and the two engraved plates of medals. BRUNET Vol. III, p.1507. NISSEN ZBI 2724. Overall, a lovely copy. Modern quarter straight-grained red morocco lightly faded, marbled boards, gilt ruled and lettered spine. 2 vols. in one. Fine. Bookseller Inventory # 18483
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