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Lot nr:960
Book nr:28745
Author:RUMPHIUS, G. E.
Title:D'Amboinsche rariteitkamer, beschryvinge van schaalvisschen, te weete raare krabben, kreeften, en diergelyke zeedieren, als mede allerhande hoorntjes en schulpen die men in d'Amboinsche Zee vindt: daar benevens zommige mineraalen, gesteenten ...
Town:Amsterdam
Publisher:Jan Roman de Jonge
Year:1741
Description:Folio (43 x 26,5 cm), [24], 340, [43] pp, engraved title page (by Jacobus de Later after Jan Goeree), title vignette, portrait of the blind author (by Jacobus de Later), 5 engraved vignettes an 60 engraved plates depicting hard and soft shellfish, rocks, minerals and fossils. An old hand has written Latin names in brown ink on the plates. Large paper copy, untrimmed. Contemp. binding in half red sheepskin, ends of spine slightly rubbed
Note:Second edition in Dutch of this magnificent classical work on marine life of the Moluccas. Georg Eberhard Rumphius (1628-1702), nicknamed 'Plinius Indicus', was one of the great tropical naturalists of the seventeenth century. He went in service of the Dutch East-India Company as a merchant on the island of Ambon, sailing off in 1652, and became subprefect later. He started to research the flora and fauna of the island and its surroundings. He became blind in 1670 but was able to continue his studies with the aid of an assistant for ordering his collections and annotations.
Nissen ZBI 3519; Landwehr VOC 591
Price:€1600 - €2400
Sellingprice:€1600
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