VALENTINI, MICHAEL BERNARD. Museum museorum, oder vollständige Schau-bühne aller Materialien und Specereyen, nebst deren natürlichen Beschreibung...aus andern Material-Kunst-und-Naturalien-Kammern, Oost und West-Indischen Reiss-Beschreibungen...Zum Vorschub der Studierenden Jugend, Materialisten, Apotheker. Frankfurt: Johann David Zunners, 1704-14. 2 additional engraved titles, 93 engraved plates (6 folding and 32 double-page), one full-page woodcut, approximately 290 engraved illustrations in text (one woodcut), and engraved and woodcut head- and tail-pieces. 3 parts in 2 volumes, folio, 367 x 235 mm. (14½ x 9 3/16 in.), contemporary vellum; minor worming at beginning of second volume (all marginal, but slightly crossing engraved title), otherwise a fine clean copy. FIRST COMPLETE EDITION, RARE FIRST ISSUE, with half-titles and section titles. Alden 714/147; Nissen BBI 2035 and ZBI 4217; Sabin 98357.
An inexhaustible repertorium of all overseas products of the late 16th and of the 17th century used in medicine, technology and husbandry dealing with geology, botany, zoology, etc. The first part treats plants, animals, minerals, metals, and related products, and includes numerous chapters on American plants. The second part deals with stones, fossils, coins, tropical plants, shells, mythical creatures and monsters. The third part is devoted to physics and natural philosophy, and includes a description of Boyle's Air Pump, the "Valvula Boyleana," with illustration; acoustic and optical apparatus; Lana's Airship and suggestions for other aeronautical machines; a large chapter deals with the divining-rod, another with the load stone (or magnet), and among the machines are found a threshing machine. Two appendices in vol. 1 contain a list of 159 museums ("Kunst- und Naturalien-Kammern") known to exist at the time, including a section on American and Asian museums, and a separately titled compilation from George Eberhard Rumph on various Caribbean rarities, mostly botanical.