Historia Naturalis de Piscibus et Cetis
17th century. Original printed in 1649. Johannes Jonstonus. Private collection. Latin.
Impressive replica of one of the most extensive and beautiful compendiums of ichthyology in the history of science.
47 copper plates with over 550 fish and cetaceans depicted. The fame and success of this book stems from the engraved plates 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.
314 pages, 220 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.
Limited edition of 898 numbered copies with notarial certificate.