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About this Item: Basileae, Anno 1537 (A la fin : Basileae apud Hieronymum Frobenium et Nicolaum Episcopum), 1537. in-4. 8ff. 367pp. 8ff. [6 feuillets ont été refaits à la plume au XVIIIème s.] Plein veau marbré, dos à nerfs orné (Reliure du XVIIIème siècle). Edition originale de cet ouvrage du naturaliste italien Francesco Massario sur les poissons et la vie aquatique, basé sur le neuvième livre de l'histoire naturelle de Pline qui traite exclusivement de ce sujet. L'éditeur de ce traité est l'humaniste alsacien Beatus Rhenanus né à Selestat en 1485, mort à Strasbourg en 1547, qui a rédigé des commentaires et une épitre dédictoire à Balthasar Entzesperger, médecin à Sélestat. PRECIEUX EXEMPLAIRE AYANT APPARTENU, SUCCESSIVEMENT, A TROIS PERSONALITES DE LYON ET SA REGION. 1). Son premier possesseur fut le médecin et humaniste lyonnais Iean Bruyerin Champier qui a rempli le volume de ses annotations manuscrites et inscrit son nom sur le titre: "Ex-libris Ioannis Bruyerini Campegii, Lugdunensis") Né vers 1497, neveu du grand humaniste lyonnais Symphorien Champier, Iean Bruyerin Champier fut médecin de François Ier, d'Henri II et traducteur d'Averroes. Il est surtout connu pour avoir publié un des grands traités de la Renaissance sur l'alimentation, devenu aujourd'hui très rare ("De Re Cibaria Libri XXII omnium ciborum genera, omnium gentium moribus", Lyon, 1560). Les annotations manuscrites qu'il a consignées sur les marges de ce livre sur les poissons, ne sont sans doute pas étrangères à la composition de son ouvrage sur l'alimentation. 2). L'exemplaire a appartenu ensuite au médecin Gabriel Drouyn, né dans la seconde moitié du XVIème siècle dans la région de Mâcon, auteur d'un ouvrage très rare sur les pommes ( "Le Royal syrop de pommes, Paris, Moreau, 1615"). Sa signature manuscrite figure sur le titre à deux reprises. 3). Enfin, au 18ème siècle, le volume a appartenu au chanoine de l'Eglise Collégiale de Saint Irenée de Lyon, Guillaume Pitra, qui dans une note manuscrite indique qu'il lui avait été offert par le prieur d'une communauté religieuse. Pitra prit soin de refaire lui-même, à la plume, 6 pages qui manquaient à l'exemplaire, avant de le faire relier avec l'initiale dorée P de Pitra au bas du dos. Quelques mouillures claires. Bon exemplaire de ce volume exceptionnel. Seller Inventory # 39312

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WILLUGHBY, Francis (1635-1672) - RAY, John (1627-1705).

Published by Oxford: Sheldonian Theatre, 1686 [but 1743]. (1743)

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About this Item: Oxford: Sheldonian Theatre, 1686 [but 1743]., 1743. Folio (14 2/8 x 9 4/8 inches). Publisher's engraved vignette on title-page. Additional engraved title-page by Paul van Somer, 187 fine engraved plates by Richard Hunt, including 14 with letterpress captions laid-down as issued, engraved vignette head-pieces and initials (some minor worming, not affecting the images). Contemporary speckled calf, the spine in 7 compartments with 6 raised bands, morocco lettering-piece in one, the others decorated with small gilt tools (joints cracked, extremities a bit scuffed). Provenance: early annotations to captions; 19th-century printed paper lot number (355) at the foot of the spine. Second edition, a re-issue of the sheets of the 1686 first edition with the 'Index Piscium' added at the end, and printed identification slips pasted onto some of the plates. This copy retains the original 1686 title-page, more usually replaced by one dated 1743. Willughby met John Ray, his lecturer at Trinity College, Cambridge in 1653, they became lifelong friends collaborators in a number of natural history projects, including a plan ". to reduce the several Tribes of Things to a Method; and to give accurate Descriptions of the several Species, from a strict View of them. And forasmuch as Mr. Willughby's Genius lay chiefly to animals, therefore he undertook the Birds, Beasts, Fishes, and Insects, as Mr. Ray did the Vegetables". (Derham, Remains, 48). Sadly Willughby died in 1672, and Ray undertook to publish what he could of Willughby's incomplete history of animals. The "Ornithology" was published first in 1676, followed by this the "Historia Piscium" in 1786. Financed by the Royal Society, with assistance from John Fell, bishop of Oxford , the Society's celebrated President, Samuel Pepys, underwrote 79 of the engraved plates, and other Society members sponsored the remaining plates. Despite its importance and sumptuous production, the work was slow to sell. Royal Society members therefore received part of their salaries in copies of the book, and the Society authorised this re-issue in 1740 (published in 1743). The "History of insects" was the last of Willughby's works to be published, although Ray did not live to see this project through. It was published in 1710 as "Historia insectorum" on behalf of the Royal Society, edited by William Derham. Keynes, Ray 46-47; Nissen ZBI 4417 (calling for 188 plates); Wing W-2879. Seller Inventory # 72nhr78

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De historia Piscium libri quatuor, jussu &: WILLUGHBY, F.
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About this Item: 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. Seller Inventory # 7356

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RONDELET, Guillaume [RONDELETIUS, Gulielmus]

Published by Matthiam Bonhomme 1554/1555, Lyons (1554)

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About this Item: Matthiam Bonhomme 1554/1555, Lyons, 1554. Hardcover. First Edition. Folio (8" x 13") bound in recent full calf with five raised bands, gilt-lettered spine label, and some blind tooling. Two parts in one volume: (16), 583, (25); (12), 242, (10) pages. Titles with woodcut device, each part with privilege leaf and woodcut portrait of the author, woodcut initials, ornaments and over 400 woodcut illustrations of fish and other forms of aquatic life throughout. Adams R 746 & 757; Casey Wood, 541: "this famous grandfather of modern ichthyology"; Garrison-Morton 282; Nissen 3474; Norman 1848: "The work is especially valuable for its accurate treatment of Mediterranean species, and for providing what are apparently the first zoological accounts of the manatee and the sperm whale." The most important treatise on aquatic animals and fish published up that time. Based largely on classical authorities, in particular Aristotle, it also includes results of the author's own observations through experiments and anatomical investigations. It remained the standard reference work in ichthyology for over a century. Woodcut of fish on page 238 of first part pasted over with another woodcut, Y4 in first part and g2 & n3 in second all slightly defective at fore-edge (repaired with loss of a few letters, some supplied in manuscript), H1 of second part defective at foot (no loss) and H6 (final leaf) stained at edges and defective (no loss, laid down), small ink monogram stamped on verso of first title, very light water-staining to upper half, otherwise very clean. A Near Fine copy of this scarce title with wonderful woodcuts. Seller Inventory # 013155

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