London, South Kensington
24 September 2008
WILLUGHBY, Francis (1635-1672). Ornithologiae Libri Tres ... Totum opus recognovit, digessit, supplevit Joannes Raius. London: Impensis Joannis Martyn, 1676. 2° (354 x 228mm). Imprimatur leaf, title printed in red and black with the Arms of the Royal Society, 77 engraved plates by Emma Willughby (some very light mainly marginal spotting and staining, a few text leaves lightly browned). Later calf-backed boards, spine gilt. FIRST EDITION. Wing W2879; Anker 532; Nissen IVB 991; Zimmer II, 677.
JOHN FLAMSTEED'S COPY, with his signature on the title. John Flamsteed (1646-1719), the first Astronomer Royal, is not best known for an interest in ornithology. However, Willughby can be traced to have spent time in the company of astronomers: 'on 22 July, in company with Robert Hooke and others, he observed the eclipse of the sun through Boyle's 60 foot telescope in London' (ODNB).
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