KNORR, Georg Wolfgang (1705-1761) & Phil. Ludw. Statius MÜLLER (1725-1776). Deliciae naturae Selectae of Uitgeleezen Kabinet van Natuurlyke Zeldzaamheden ... Dordrecht: by Abraham Blussé and Son, 1771. 2 volumes, 2° (503 x 340mm). 4pp. list of subscribers, 91 fine hand-coloured engraved plates, one double-page (lacking the frontispiece found in some copies, although this is not called for by Nissen, one plate to vol. one with very light spotting). Contemporary Dutch mottled calf, covers with foliate scroll tool in gilt, spines rebacked (spines faded and rubbed, very slight wear to extremities, neat repairs to corners). Provenance: Hipp. Wouvermans (bookplates and stamp to pastedowns).
FIRST EDITION WITH MAGNIFICENT HAND-COLOURED ENGRAVED PLATES, text in Dutch, number 96 of 99 copies, signed by the notary public in Dordrecht, guaranteeing that no copies were printed in excess of those ordered by subscribers. As Landwehr writes 'the Dutch edition of this work, one of the few books published with numbered copies, contains really magnificent plates'. The plates in the present example are no exception; they include corals (15), shells (7), butterflies and moths (6), sea-urchins (4), minerals (6), crustacea and arachnids (7), starfish (4), fish (9), birds (7), mammals (14) and reptiles (12). The specimens are selected from several noted natural history cabinets, including those of C.J. Trew, P.S. Müller and D. Stedeling. The birds and mammals include a number of South African species: ostrich, zebra and springbok. Landwehr 97; Nissen ZBI 2229. (2)