London, South Kensington
1 June 2009
BELON, Pierre (1517-1564). De aquatilibus. Paris: Charles Estienne, 1553. Oblong 8° (111 x 172mm). 187 woodcut illustrations (title laid down, some margins repaired, dampstain in the top margin). Modern vellum, buckram case. Provenance: an early reader (cancelled title inscription) -- Boston University (booklabel; deaccession letter provided).
FIRST EDITION OF BELON'S FUNDAMENTAL WORK ON FISH, MOLLUSCS AND AQUATIC MAMMALS. Its appearance marked the greatest single advance in the scientific study and classification of fish since Aristotle. This work, together with those of Belon's contemporaries Rondolet and Salviani, remained standard texts for the study of fish well into the 17th century. Adams B-554; Brunet I:761; Nissen ZBI 302; Pinon Livres de zoologie de la Renaissance 17.
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