London, South Kensington
6 April 2011
[HOUTTUYN, Maarten (1720-1798).] Houtkunde Behelzende de Afbeldingen van meest alle bekende, In- en Uitlandische Houten. Amsterdam: Jan Christiaan Sepp, 1791[-1795]. 4° (285 x 225mm). Hand-coloured engraved title and 106 plates by and after Jan Christiaan Sepp, woodcut tailpieces. General title and foreword in Dutch dated 1791, together with 5 titles in in Dutch, German, English, French and Latin dated 1773; Supplement title and text in Dutch and specimen names in Dutch, German, English and French. Folding errata and addenda leaf. (Plates LXXI and LXXXXIIII very lightly stained, otherwise a fresh, crisp copy.) Contemporary tree calf, rebacked preserving original spine (this latter defective and repaired at head and tail, extremities rubbed, corners repaired, new endpapers).
A FRESH COPY OF THIS CELEBRATED WORK ON WOODS based on samples from the collection of Reverend Hazeu of Rotterdam (particularly the timbers of the West Indies) and samples from the cabinet of Houttuyn. The bibliography is complex, and some have argued that the presence of the 1791 title indicates a re-issue of the first 48 plates; others, such as Landwehr, suggest the title was issued on completion of the supplement. Arnold 645; Bradley I, p.124; BM(NH) IV, p. 1902 (defective); Brunet V, 291 ('On le trouve rarement complet'); Landwehr 84; Nissen BBI 939; Oak Spring Sylva 6; Pritzel 4291; Stafleu and Cowan 3082 'the book seems to be rather rare').
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