18 December 2002
[HOUTTUYN, Martinus (1720-1798)]. Houtkunde, behelzende de Afbeeldingen van meest alle bekunde, In- en Uitlandische Houten... A Representation of Inland and Foreign Wood, as well Trees as Shrubs, which are Collected by the Lovers of Natural History in their Cabinets of Natural Curiosities for Use and Pleasure. Amsterdam: Jan Christian Sepp, 1773-1791-1795.
4o (298 x 232 mm). Titles and text in Dutch, English, German, French and Latin; sectional title for the Supplement. Frontispiece and 106 engraved plates by Jan Christiaan Sepp, all with contemporary hand coloring, with the folding errata leaf bound in (some intermittent pale dampstaining in upper margin). Nineteenth-century green half morocco, marbled boards, top edge gilt (light wear at extremities). Provenance: Massachusetts Horticultural Society, Stickney Fund (bookplate dated 1892; stamps).
A FINE COPY OF THIS RARE AND FAMOUS WORK INCLUDING THE SUPPLEMENT. Based on the "Wood Cabinets" assembled by the Dutch physician Houttuyn and the Reverend Hazeu. The work was published in eighteen parts over a period of 23 years. Primarily based on Seligman's Abbildungen In- und Ausländischer Hölzer (Nuremberg 1773-1778), illustrated with 48 plates only, Jan Christiaan Sepp added another 58 engravings which concentrated on timbers from the West Indies, drawn from the cabinet of the Reverend Hazeu at Rotterdam. Other "samples are taken from the collection of Martinus Houttuyn, who added a new title-page" (Landwehr). Nissen ZBI 939; Landwehr 84; Brunet V, 291 ("Rarement complet. Il y a des exemplaires... avec 101 planches. Celui qui a été vendu chez l'Héritier n'avait que 84 planches.")
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