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BESLER, Michael Rupert (1607--1661)
Gazophylacium rerum naturalium e regno vegetabili, animali & minerali depromptarum, nunquam hactenus in lucem editarum, cum figuris æneis ad vivum incisis, opera Michaelis Ruperti Besleri.
Lipsiæ & Francofurti apud Joh. Herebordum Klosium, bibliopol., 1716.
[4] p., [34] pl. ; 38.9 cm. (2°)

First published in 1642. The plates are numbered 2--35 bottom right and include engraved captions. The engraved title of the first edition was replaced for the present edition by a letterpress title-page, printed in red and black and featuring the publisher's (?) elaborate monogram in a decorative engraved vignette, which is counted as pl. 1 in the letterpress list of contents (p.[3]).

Copy Notes Bought from Thomas Boone for 5s., 5 July 1815. (Spiers Box). Inscribed in ink on front free-endpaper 3£. 9.. 9 A and in pencil in Boone's hand Chauncy's sale 14 / Plates of Plants. Birds. Coins. Minerals. / Antiquities &c. with the cipher +b+. The Chauncy sale catalogue was published A catalogue of the extensive, valuable, and superb collection of prints, drawings, and miniatures, selected from the various cabinets ... of those well-known connoisseurs Charles Chauncy and Nathaniel Chauncy, his brother ... : which ... will be sold by auction, by Mr. Greenwood ... on Monday, May the 3d, 1790, and thirteen following days ... [etc.], printed by H. Reynell, 1790.

Binding C18th calf, gilt roll-tooled borders, gilt-tooled spine, red morocco spine-label.

Reference Number 1695


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