Historia Naturalis de Avibus
17th century. Original printed in 1657. Johannes Jonstonus. Private collection. Latin.
Impressive replica of one of the most extensive and beautiful compendiums of ornithology in the history of science.
Over 500 ornithological varieties represented, practically all the birds known at the time. This treatise on ornithology was the greatest success of the entire 17th century and a large part of the 18th century, being referenced by the great Linnaeus (Linnaeus) in his Sistema Naturae. The fame and success of this book comes from the 62 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.
300 pages, 220 x 380 mm.
Leather binding, in the purest handcrafted style, and period bookplate. 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.
♠ National Prize 2004. Best books published in 2003. Ministry of Culture. Modality: facsimile books.
♠ Fray Luis de León Award 2004 for the best publishing work in special editions and facsimiles.