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Afbeelding van in- en uitlandsche houten, zo wel van boomen als heesters, welken door de liefhebbers der natuurlyke historie in hunne naturaliën-cabinetten, tot vermaak en nuttigheid, verzameld worden; volgens hunne inwendige hoedanigheid en natuurlyke koleuren, ook met de bygevoegde Hollandsche, Hoogduitsche, Engelsche, Fransche en Latynsche benaamingen, in't licht gegeeven.
Te Amsterdam, by Jan Christiaan Sepp, boekverkooper,, 1773.
[47] leaves, LXXVIII hand-col. pl. ; 29.3 cm. (4°)

Jan Christiaan Sepp (1739-1811) was a bookseller with an interest in the study of nature, reflected in the works released by his publishing house. Houtkunde was first published in eight unbound issues of six beautifully hand-coloured plates each, interleaved with accompanying polyglot tables identifying some 400 wood types. In 1791 indexes were issued together with a new preface by Martinus Houttuyn (1720--1798), from whose collections many of the samples depicted were drawn, and the number of plates was increased to 100; a supplement of 6 hand-coloured plates and descriptive letterpress followed n 1795. With parallel title-pages and prefaces in Dutch, German, French, English and Latin, the English title reading: A representation of inland and foreign wood, as well trees and shrubs, ...

Copy Notes Inscribed in ink on title-page Mary Bowes, possibly Mary Eleanor Bowes, Countess of Strathmore and Kinghorne (1749--1800), who notoriously divorced her abusive second husband, the Irish adventurer Andrew Robinson Stoney, and who had a lifelong interest in botany. Bound (1) with Afbeelding der marmor soorten, 1776 (q.v.). Bought on Soane's behalf by Joseph Gandy from Margaret Butler on 7 January 1822, for 5 guineas. (Priv. Corr. XVI.E.4.9).

Binding Early C19th diced russia, gilt-rule borders and spine, direct-lettered in gilt 'A/ Representation/ Of Wood/ & Stones'.

Reference Number 1565

Additional Names Bowes, Mary; Houttuyn, Martinus (1720--1798); Gandy, Joseph Michael (1771--1843); Butler, Margaret; Bowes, Mary Eleanor, Countess of Strathmore and Kinghorne (1749--1800)

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