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8 October 1999
BELON, Pierre. De la nature et diversits des poissons, aves leurs descriptions et naifs pourtraicts, reprsentez au plus pres du naturel, Paris: Charles Estienne, 1555. Oblong 8 (110 x 172mm.), 244 leaves, 184 large woodcut illustrations (washed), red morocco gilt by Masson-Debonnelle, gilt-lettered on spine, gilt turn-ins, g.e.
FIRST EDITION OF THE FRENCH TRANSLATION which was preceeded by the Latin version published in 1553. According to Brunet, three versions of the translation were issued in Paris in the same year. This is the first one, divided into two parts: "Les poissons qui ont sang" and "Les poissons qui n'ont sang". Pierre Belon (1517-1564) was one of the first explorer naturalists, and his classification was based on direct observation rather than derived from others. Adams B561; Nissen Schne Fischbcher 14; Nissen ZB1 303; Brunet I, 761; Petit 178.
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