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Item Description: ReInk Books, 2017. Softcover. Book Condition: NEW. Reprinted from 1686 edition. NO changes have been made to the original text. This is NOT a retyped or an ocr'd reprint. Illustrations, Index, if any, are included in black and white. Each page is checked manually before printing. As this reprint is from very old book, there could be some missing or flawed pages, but we always try to make the book as complete as possible. Fold-outs, if any, are not part of the book. If the original book was published in multiple volumes then this reprint is of only one volume, not the whole set. This paperback book is SEWN, where the book block is actually sewn (smythe sewn/section sewn) with thread before binding which results in a more durable type of paperback binding. It can also be open wide. The pages will not fall out and will be around for a lot longer than normal paperbacks. This print on demand book is printed on high quality acid-free paper. Original publisher: E Theatro Sheldoniano, 1686. Bookseller Inventory # 154608856

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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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De historia Piscium libri quatuor, jussu &: WILLUGHBY, F.

Item Description: Oxonii, e Theatro Sheldoniano, 1686. Folio (367 x 245mm). With 1 engraved frontispiece, 1 engraved title-vignette and 187 engraved plates. Contemporary blind pressed vellum, small split on upper cover hinge. A fine copy of the rare first edition of the first large work on fishes in England, marking a new era in ichthyology. Although Ray states with his characteristic modesty to be only the editor of the manuscript of his deceased friend Willughby (1635-1672), his share in compiling the material for the work should not be neglected. The text was printed at the expense of bishop John Fell (founder of the University Press), the plates engraved by Paul van Somers under the supervision of Martin Lister at the expense of several members of the Royal Society of London, among them particularly the Society's president Samuel Pepys to whom the work is dedicated.Provenance: Armorial bookplate of Falkenhof.Dean III, 331; Keynes 46; Nissen, 'Schöne Fischbücher', 130. Bookseller Inventory # 7356

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