RUMPHIUS (Georg Eberhard RUMPF, dit).
Thesaurus imaginum piscium testaceorum [...] ut cochlearum [...] Quibus accedunt conchylia [...] Denique mineralia [... ] Leiden, Pieter Vander Aa, 1711. In-folio (43.5 x 26) of 4 ff.n.ch. including the engraved title and the portrait of the author, 15 pp.ch., 60 engraved plates and 4 ff. of index pages LXI-LXVIII. Bound in contemporary calf. First Latin edition. In excellent condition, despite some rare epidermal attacks, very fresh plates. Ce treatise by the great German naturalist Georg Eberhard Rumpf (1627-1702) contains the first observations on tropical marine fauna. Rumpf stayed for a long time on the island of Ambon (Indonesia), where he collected and catalogued crustaceans and minerals. Un allegorical title after Pieter de Ruyter and Jan Goere, a portrait of the (blind) author by his son, a vignette by Jan van Vianen and 60 superb plates of crustaceans, sea urchins, starfish, shells, minerals and fossils recently attributed to the famous naturalist cartoonist Maria Sybilla Merian (1647-1717).
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