Historia Naturalis de Exanguibus Acuaticis et Serpentibus
17th century. Original printed in 1653. Johannes Jonstonus. Private collection. Latin.
Impressive replica of one of the most extensive and beautiful compendiums of zoology in the history of science.
Over 300 animals represented. The fame and success of this book comes from the copper plates engraved by the great master Matthäus Merian, who was born in Switzerland but travelled all over Europe as far as England, where he even worked for the famous painter Van Dyck.
204 pages, 280 x 380 mm.
Leather binding, in the purest handcrafted style, and period slipcase. Accompanied by a study book including the first Spanish version of the original Latin text and essays on the author, his work and his time.
Limited edition of 898 numbered copies with notarial certificate.