3 December 2010
JONSTON, John. Theatrum Universale omnium Animalium Piscium, Avium, Quadrupedum, Exanguium, Aquaticorum, Insectorum, et Angium... ä J. Jonstonio collectum... Cura Henrici Ruysch... comprehensum. Amsterdam: R. & G. Wetstenius, 1718.
6 parts in 2 volumes, 2o (364 x 238 mm). Engraved title, titles printed in red and black and 270 engraved plates. (First leaves of first volume becoming loose, some minor staining). Contemporary vellum (wear to corners of first volume). Provenance: Florence, Bibliotheca Marucellorum (ink stamp on titles); James Heron Watson (bookplate).
First edition edited by Heinrich Ruysch. First published 1650-1653 with engraved plates by Casper and Matthias Merian comprising: fish (48 plates), birds (62 plates), mammals (80), molluscs and zoophytes (20 plates), insects (28 plates) and serpents (12). Additionally Ruysch included before the fish part (De Piscibus) a supplement on exotic fish "Collectio Nova Piscium Amboinensium," illustrated by 20 plates. This is the earliest work on fish of the Pacific and the East Indies. Anker 236; Nissen IVB 482; Nissen ZBI 2137; Wood p.410. (2)
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