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A Complete Set of Aldrovandi’s Natural History Works – With Noble Provenance and all Volumes in First Edition

Aldrovandi, Ulisse (1522-1605)
The complete 13-volume set of Aldrovandi’s natural history works. Vols I-III. Ornithologia; Vol. IV. De Piscibus; Vol V. Monstrorum Historia; Vol VI. De Quadrupedibus Digitatis Viviparis [et] Oviparis; VII. Quadrupedum omnium bisulcorum historia; VIII. De Quadrupedibus solidipedibus; IX. De Reliquis Animalibus Exanguibus; X. Serpentum, et Draconum Historiae; XI. Dendrologia; XII. De Insectis; XIII. Musaeum Metallicum.

Bologna: Various printers, 1599- 1668

$120,000.00

Folio. Each volume 35.3 x 24.5 cm.

Over the course of the second half of the sixteenth-century, the brilliant Italian naturalist Ulisse Aldrovandi’s sought to carry out an encyclopedic description of the natural world. Given the limits of the science of his day and the difficulty of obtaining accurate descriptions and specimens of animals, plants, and minerals from the four corners of the world, it is staggering how close he came to achieving this objective.

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Aldrovandi’s Natural History of Monsters - The First Treatise on Teratology

Aldrovandi, Ulisse (1522-1605); Ambrosini, Bartolomeo (1588-1657)
Monstrorum historia

Bologna: Typis Nicolai Tebaldini, 1642

$18,000.00

Large Folio: 35 x 23.5 cm. Two volumes in one: I. †4 (including engraved t.p.), A-Z6, Aa-Zz6, Aaa-Ppp6, Qqq8, Rrr6, Sss8; II. A-O6 (final signature O has 5 leaves, as in all copies examined. See note at end of description.)

Aldrovandi’s “Monstrorum historia” was the first treatise on teratology, the study of deformities, monstrosities, and prodigies. The subjects are drawn from across the spectrum of the natural world, from animals and plants to minerals and monstra (portents such as comets and atmospheric phenomena). Some of the specimens were physically kept in Aldrovandi’s renowned museum and gardens in Bologna, others were represented in his collections by paintings, engravings, and written accounts.

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Garrison-Morton 534.53; Krivatsy 187; Wellcome I, 172; Goldschmid 43; Alden and Landis 642/2; Nissen, ZBI 74.R. As regards the 5-leaf final signature O in the “Paralipomena”, I have left the quire as “O6” in my collation since it is unclear if there was a cancelland leaf O5, or if final O6 was a blank. Either way, the final quire is consistent with all copies examined.

Astronomy and Meteorology; Flora and Fauna: The Natural World in the Middle Ages. With 15th c. Provenance. Bound at the Monastery of St Zeno

Berenger of Landorra, Archbishop of Santiago de Compostela (circa 1262-1330), and Gregory of Vorau (ed. Matthias Farinator)
Lumen Animae. Incipit: Liber moralitatum elegantissimus magnarum reru[m] naturalium lumen anime dict[us]: cu[m] septe[m] apparitorib[us] necno[n] sanctoru[m] doctoru[m] orthodoxe fidei p[ro]fessorum Poetaru[m] etia[m] ac oratoru[m] auctoritatib[us] p[er] modum pharatre s[e]c[un]d[u]m ordine[m] alphabeti collectis feliciter incipit.

Strasbourg: Printer of the 1481 Legenda aurea, 22 March 1482

$35,000.00

Folio: 29.2 x 21.8 cm. 274 unsigned leaves. [A-C]8, [D]10; [a-m]8, [n]6,[o-z]8, [aa-ff]8, [gg]10. Complete with the initial and final blanks.

The arrival of printed books is so often regarded as one of the inaugural moments of the renaissance that it is sometimes forgotten that the first years of print also represented the last great flowering of the Middle Ages. The “Lumen Anime” (Light of the Soul), is testament to that. Formerly attributed to the Carmelite friar Mathias Farinator of Vienna (who compiled the index), the “Lumen Anime” is now known to be Berenger of Landorra, General of the Dominican order and archbishop of Campostella from 1317 to 1325.

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BMC I, 97; Hain-Copinger 10333*; Goff L-396; Proctor 413; Polain 1468; Wellcome I, 2175; Klebs 631.3; Thorndyke III, 546ff. Sources: Mary A. and Richard H. Rouse, ‘The Texts called Lumen Anime,’ Archivum Fratrum Praedicatorum, 41 (Rome, 1971), 5-113; N.R. Ker, Records of All Soul’s College Library. 1437-1600 (Oxford, 1971), 27.

Cardano’s Great Encyclopedia of Science & Nature. \"The most advanced representation of physical knowledge up to his time.” (Dibner)

Cardano, Girolamo (1501-1576)
De subtilitate libri XXI. nunc demum recogniti atque perfecti.

Basel: L. Lucius, 1554

$7,500.00

Folio: 32 x 21.5 cm. [24], 561 pp. Collation: [alpha]-[gamma]4, a-z4, A-Z4, Aa-Zz4, Aaa5. Last leaf blank and lacking.

Cardano’s “De Subtilitate” "Represents the most advanced representation of physical knowledge up to his time and the idea that all creation is in progressive development" (Dibner). This is the second folio edition. It includes Cardano's famous statement 'Igitur his arbitrio victoriae relictis' (p. 354), which caused Cardano's denouncement for heresy (see below) and which was therefore edited out of subsequent editions.

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VD 16, C 932; IA 132.064; Adams C 670; Riccardi I/1, 252, 6.3; Durling 847; Alden-L. 554/10; See Dibner 139, Sinkankas 1145 & DSB III, 66.

"Second only to Agricola in the number of original contributions to the literature of mining and metallurgy and the beauty of the graphic treatment of the crafts."(Dibner)

Ercker, Lazarus (ca. 1530-1594)
Aula Subterranea domina dominantium subdita subditorum, das ist, Untererdische Hofhaltung: ohne welche weder die Herren regiren, noch die Unterthanen gehorchen können : oder, Grundliche Beschreibung derjenigen Sachen so in der Tieffe der Erden wachsen, als aller Ertzen der königlichen und gemeinen Metallen…

Frankfurt: Johann David Zunner, 1684

$6,800.00

Large Quarto: 22.5 x 19.5 cm. [1] leaf (engraved t.p.), [14], 220, 123, [5], 68 p. COLLATION: )(-)()(4A-Dd4Ee2(A)-(Q)4a-h4i2.

"Ercker's treatise is the most authoritative contemporary work on 16th-century metallurgy and assaying. Ercker gave a systematic review of methods of testing alloys and minerals and of obtaining and refining various metals, as well as methods of manufacturing acids, salts and other chemical compounds, including saltpeter. He described the apparatus and laboratory equipment used in metallurgy and assaying and gave a detailed account of laboratory methods, all of which he himself had used.

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Hoover 284; Darmstaedter, Probierbüchlein p. 92; DSB IV, 394; Lipperheide 4

Johnson’s Celebrated Edition of Gerard’s Herbal Describing Numerous American Plants

Gerard, John (1545-1612)
The Herball or Generall Historie of Plantes. Gathered by John Gerarde of London Master in Chirvrgerie. Very much Enlarged and Amended by Thomas Johnson Citizen and Apothecarye of London.

London: A. Islip, Joice Norton, and R. Whitaker, 1633

$10,500.00

Folio: 34.5 x 22.5 cm. ¶8, ¶¶-¶¶¶6, A-B8, C-Z6, Aa-Zz6, Aaa-Zzz6, Aaaa-Zzzz6, Aaaaa-Zzzzz6, Aaaaaa-Vvvvvv6, Xxxxxx4, Yyyyyy-Zzzzzz6, Aaaaaaa-Bbbbbbb6. (lacking the first and final blank leaves.)

"This is the first edition enlarged and edited by Thomas Johnson (1595-1644) who corrected many of Gerard’s more gullible errors, and improved the accuracy of the illustrations by using Plantin’s woodcuts." (Hunt)

John Gerard is to this day one of the best known of English herbalists. In 1586 the Royal College of Physicians established a garden of physic and appointed Gerard its curator.

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STC 11751; Hunt 223; Nissen 698; Graesse Vol. III, p. 56; Henrey 155.

Illustrated with 83 Engraved Plates. A Large Paper Copy

Grew, Nehemiah (1641-1712)
The Anatomy of Plants. With an Idea of a Philosophical History of Plants. And several other Lectures, Read before the Royal Society.

London: printed by W. Rawlins, for the Author, 1682

$15,000.00

Folio: 36 x 23 cm. [ ]4, a4, B-Z4, Aa-Ii4, Kk2, Ll-Xx4, Yy-Zz2, Aaa-Ccc2. With 83 added engraved plates. Plates 30-31 bound after 41; plates 32-33 bound after 42)

“The English botanist, physician, and microscopist, Nehemiah Greww is considered, along with the Italian microscopist Marcello Malpighi, to be among the founders of the science of plant anatomy.” (Encyclopedia Britannica)

“In 1682 Grew’s magnum opus, ‘The Anatomy of Plants,’ was issued. Of the four ‘books’ of this work, the first, second, and third are second editions of ‘The Anatomy begun,’ ‘The Anatomy of Roots,’ and the ‘The Anatomy of Trunks,’ extending to 49, 46, and 44 folio pages respectively, and illustrated by four, thirteen, and twenty-three plates.

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Wing G-1945; Le Fanu, pp.98-105; Horblit 43B; Hunt 362; Nissen, BBI, 758; Hook/Norman 946; Plesch 243; Pritzel 3557; Henrey 162.

The Catalogue of Imperato’s Wunderkammer

Imperato, Ferrante (ca. 1550- ca. 1625)
Historia Naturale di Ferrante Imperato Napolitano: nella quale ordinatamente si tratta Della diversa condition di Minere, Pietre pretiose, & altre curiosità: Con varie Historie di Piante, & Animali, sin'hora non date in luce. In questa Seconda Impressione aggiontovi da Gio. Maria Ferro Spetiale alla Sanità, alcune Annotationi alle Piante nel Libro vigesimo ottavo. Dedicata all’Altezza Ser.[enissi]ma Di Giovan Federico Duca di Brunswick, et Lunenburg.

Venice: Presso Combi, & La Noù. 1672

$18,000.00

Folio: 32.5 x 22.5 cm. [8], 696, [8] pp. Collation: *4, A-Z6, Aa-Zz6, Aaa-Mmm6, a4. With an added folding plate.

Ferrante Imperato was, like his contemporary from Verona Francesco Calzolari, an apothecary whose collection of natural history collection and library “constituted a practical work of reference for physicians, pharmacists and botanists”. Among his visitors and correspondents were some of the most important scientists of the day, including Peiresc, Clusius, Aldrovandi, and Bauhin. The folding engraving of the museum interior shows Imperato and his son Francesco leading visitors through the museum, the cabinets of which are packed tight with specimens and books and are surmounted by stuffed birds.

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Hoover 440, Schuh 2384; Sinkankas 3109; Ward & Carozzi 1172

The Catalogue of Imperato’s Wunderkammer- With the Folding Plate of the Museum’s Interior- An Exceptional Copy

Imperato, Ferrante (ca. 1550- ca. 1625)
Historia Naturale di Ferrante Imperato Napolitano: nella quale ordinatamente si tratta Della diversa condition di Minere, Pietre pretiose, & altre curiosità: Con varie Historie di Piante, & Animali, sin'hora non date in luce. In questa Seconda Impressione aggiontovi da Gio. Maria Ferro Spetiale alla Sanità, alcune Annotationi alle Piante nel Libro vigesimo ottavo. Dedicata all’Altezza Ser.[enissi]ma Di Giovan Federico Duca di Brunswick, et Lunenburg.

Venetia: Presso Combi, & La Noù. 1672

$20,000.00

Folio: 32 x 22 cm. [8], 696, [8] pp. Collation: *4, A-Z6, Aa-Zz6, Aaa-Mmm6, a4. With an added folding plate.

Ferrante Imperato was, like his contemporary from Verona Francesco Calzolari, an apothecary whose collection of natural history collection and library “constituted a practical work of reference for physicians, pharmacists and botanists”. Among his visitors and correspondents were some of the most important scientists of the day, including Peiresc, Clusius, Aldrovandi, and Bauhin.

The folding engraving of the museum interior shows Imperato and his son Francesco leading visitors through the museum, the cabinets of which are packed tight with specimens and books and are surmounted by stuffed birds.

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Hoover 440, Schuh 2384; Sinkankas 3109; Ward & Carozzi 1172 Hunt botanical cat.,; I, 321; Nissen, C. Zoologische Buchillustration,; 2111; Wellcome cat. of printed books,; III, 328; Mortimer, Harvard College Italian 16th Century Books II, 240; For the image of the museum’s interior, see Hofer, Baroque book illustration, no. 76

The Illustrated Catalogue of the Natural History

Jacobaeus, Oliger (1650-1701)
Muséum Regium Seu Catalogus Rerum tam naturalium, quàm artificialium, Quæ In Baslilica Bibliothecæ Augustissimi Daniæ Norvegiæq; Monarchæ Christiani Qvinti Hafniæ asservantur, Descriptus Ab Oligero Jacobæo, Me. & Phil. Prof. Regio.

Copenhagen: Joachim Schmetgen, 1696

$16,000.00

Folio: 35 x 23 cm. )(4 [includes the engraved frontispiece], )(4, A-Z4, Aa-Bb4, Cc-Dd2. With 37 added engraved plates.

The Royal Danish Kunstkammer was founded by King Frederick III in 1650 and was continued by his son, Christian V (1646-1699), to whom this book is dedicated. The Kunstkammer existed until 1825 when its collections were dispersed among the many specialized museums created around that time. This catalogue is an invaluable illustrated record of the collections as they stood in the 17th century. The author, the comparative anatomist Oliger Jacobaeus taught philosophy, history, geography and medicine at Copenhagen.

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Balsinger p.141 and 279-80; Brunet III, p. 479; Murray, II, p. 190; Nissen ZBI, 2081; Ward & Carozzi, 1676; Wilson, The History of Mineral Collecting, p. 209, only citing 18 plates. See: “Det Kongelige danske Kunstkammer 1737 = The Royal Danish Kunstkammer 1737”, Bente Gundestrup (Copenhagen: 1991)

The First Description of Kircher’s Museum With the Engraved Frontispiece Showing the Museum’s Interior - Bound with Kircher's Final Work on Mummies & Hieroglyphics

Kircher, Athanasius (1602-1680); Sepi, Georgio de (fl. 1678)
Romani Collegii Societatis Jesu Musaeum Celeberrimum, Cujus magnum Antiquariae rei, statuarum, imaginum, picturarumque partem Ex Legato Alphonsi Donini, S.P.Q.R. A Secretis, munifica Liberalitate relictum. P. Athanasius Kircherus Soc. Jesu, novis & raris inventis locupletatum, compluriumque Principum curiosis donariis magno rerum apparatu instruxit BOUND WITH Sphinx Mystagoga, sive, Diatribe hieroglyphica qua mumiae, ex Mempheticis pyramidum adytis erutae & non ita pridem in Galliam transmissae, iuxta veterum hieromystarum mentem, intentionemque, plena fide & exacta exhibetur interpretatio.

Amsterdam: Jansson-Waesberg, 1678 and 1676

$22,000.00

Folio: 37 x 24.5 cm. Folio: 37 x 24.5 cm. I. *4 (*1 is the engraved title), A-I4. With an engraved title page, an added engraved portrait of Kircher, 17 engraved plates, 10 of which are folding, and 21 text engravings and woodcuts. II. II. *4, **4, A-I4, K3. With five engraved plates, two of which are double-paged, and numerous text illustrations.

I. Kircher's "Most Celebrated Museum of the Roman College of the Society of Jesus"

The only description of Kircher’s museum in the Collegio Romano as it appeared in his lifetime, with the only extant depiction of the museum in all its fantastic glory.

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DeBacker Sommervogel IV, 1076; Wellcome III, 396; Cicognara, 3399; Caillet 5784 Not in Merrill; Wm. Schupach, "Cabinets of Curiosities in Academic Institutions," in Impey/MacGregor, The Origins of Museums (Oxford 1985), pp. 174-5; J. Browne, The Secular Ark (Yale 1983); Kangro, DSB VII. II. DeBacker Sommervogel IV, 1069, no. 34; Merrill 27.

A Private 17th c. Museum annexed to Aldrovandi’s Studio, Illustrated with Numerous Woodcuts of Specimens and a folding engraved Frontispiece of the Museum’s Interior. With the FIRST PUBLISHED DESCRIPTION of the Pre-Columbian "Codex Cospi"

Legati, Lorenzo (d. 1675); Cospi, Ferdinando (1606-1683)
Mvseo Cospiano Annesso A Qvello Del Famoso Vlisse Aldrovandi E donato alla sua Patria dall' Illustrissimo Signor Ferdinando Cospi Patrizio Di Bologna E Senatore Cavaliere Commendatore di S. Stefano, Balì d’Arezzo, e March. Di Petriolo, fra Gli Accademici Gelati Il Fedele, e principe al presente de' medesimi. Descrizione Di Lorenzo Legati Cremonese Dottor Filosofo, Medico, e Pubblico Professore delle Lettere Greche in Bologna, Accademica Apatista, e Ansioso. Al Serenissimo Ferdinando III Principe di Toscana

Bologna: Per Giacomo Monti, 1677

$20,000.00

Folio: 32 x 20.8 cm. [24], 532 pp. Collation: †6, ††6, A-Z6, Aa-Vv6, Xx-Yy4. With an added, double-paged plate of the museum

The sole edition of the only illustrated catalogue of the museum of Ferdinando Cospi, annexed in 1657 to the Studio Aldrovandi, the museum and botanical garden of Ulisse Aldrovandi in Bologna. The Cospi museum occupied a large apartment with two annexes in the Palazzo Pubblico, adjacent to the Aldrovandi museum. The detailed catalogue and its illustrations - in particular, the folding frontispiece image of the museum’s interior- serve as an invaluable record of the contents and configuration of the museum prior to the redistribution of both Aldrovandi’s and Cospi’s collections in 1742.

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Cicognara 3403; Nissen, ZBI 2421; Graesse IV, 144; Balsiger, Kunst und Wunderkammern, 1970: 303-9; Cabinets de Curiosités: no. 97; Schlosser, Kunst- und Wunderkammern, 1908: 103-4; Wilson, History of Mineral Collecting, 1994: 40 & 165; Wunderkammer to Museum: no. 25. (Cospi). Cobres I p. 10 n. 4; Murray I p. 89; Nissen ZBI 2421. On the Codex Cospi, see Laura Laurencich Minelli, “A Note on the Mesoamerican Codex Cospi” in Journal de la Société des Américanistes, 1999, Vol 85, issue 85, pp. 375-386

The Most Influential 17th c. Text on Monsters and Deformities

Liceti, Fortunio (1577-1657)
De Monstrorum Natura, Caussis, et differentiis Libri duo. Aeneis iconibus ornate et aucti.

Padua: Apud Paulum Frambottum, 1634

$10,000.00

Quarto: 20.5 x 15.2 cm. [16], 262, [26] pp. π4, †4, A-Z4, Aa-Nn4

“One of the earliest classifications of deformities, Liceti’s work was still under review in works on malformation in the 19th century. The work includes both real and imaginary cases and accurate descriptions of cases observed in the years following the first edition.”(Garrison-Morton)

“The composite beasts and monsters described in the text draw from a long tradition of written accounts of monsters and prodigies.

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Krivatsky 6958; Wellcome 3786; Garrison and Morton 534.52 (the 1616 ed.); Caillet II. 498

One of the most important mineralogical works of the 17th century

MINERALOGY. Boodt, Anselmus de (ca. 1550-1632); De Laet, Jan (1582-1649)
Gemmarum et Lapidum Historia. Quam olim edidit Anselmus Boetius de Boot, Brugensis, Rudolphi II. imperatoris Medicus. Postea Adrianus Tollius, Lugd.-Bat., M. D., recensuit; figuris melioribus, & commentariis pluribus illustravit, & indice auxit multo locupletiore. Tertia editio longe purgatissima. Cui accedunt Ioannis De Laet, Antvverpiani, De Gemmis & Lapidibus libri II. Et Theophrasti liber De Lapidibus, Gr. & Lat. cum brevibus notis.

Leiden: Joannes Maire, 1647

$5,200.00

Octavo: Two parts in one volume. 17.5 x 12.5 x cm. 576, 24; 64, 210, 6 pp. (?)4 A-Z8, Aa-Oo8, Pp4 (Pp4 blank); *-****8, A-N8, O4

Third and best edition (1st 1609, 2nd 1636), edited by the Belgian physician Adrian Toll (1610-1675), of “one of the most important mineralogical works of the seventeenth century, marking a transition over previous lapidaries” (Schuh).

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Brunet: 1, no. 1108; Dryander, Catalogus Banks, 1796-1800: 4, p. 6; Freilich Sale Catalog: no. 69; Roller & Goodman, Catalogue, 1976: 1, 140; Sinkankas, Gemology Bibliography, 1993: no. 781; Poggendorff: 1, col. 1341.

A Private Mineralogical Museum - With Numerous Specimens from the Americas & The Collection of Albertus Seba

MUSEUMS. CABINETS OF CURIOSITY. MINERALS. Romé de Lisle, Jean-Baptiste Louis de (1736-1790); Dávila, Pedro Francisco (1713-1785)
Catalogue systématique et raisonné des curiosités de la nature et de l’art, qui composent le cabinet de M. Davila, avec figures en taille-douce.

Paris: M. Lambert for Briasson, 1767

$9,500.00

Three tall octavo volumes: Vol I: xxxvi, 571 pages.; Vol II: vj, 656 pages; Vol III: vi, 290, 286, [1] pp. Collation: I. a-b8, c2, A-Z8, Aa-Mm8, Nn6 (plus 22 plates); II. a3, A-Z8, Aa-Ss8; III. a3, A-S8, T4, a-s8 (plus 8 plates)

First and sole edition of this comprehensive catalogue of the collection of Pedro Francisco Dávila. The Dávila catalog (as it has become known) describes 8,096 mineral specimens that encompass a large range of localities, including a suite of specimens from Potosí in Spanish America (as well as many items from Canada, Mexico, and Paraguay.

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Conlon 67:1238; Nissen (ZBI) 1050; Sinkankas 1594; Wilson, History of Mineral Collecting, 1994: 136-40, 166 & 209 [provides a detailed history of the collections]

An Exceptional Copy of the First Edition of Holland’s Pliny. One of the Most Important Elizabethan Science Books

Pliny, the Elder (23-79 A.D.); Holland, Philemon (1552-1637), translator
The Historie of the World. Commonly called, the Naturall Historie of C. Plinius Secundus. Translated into English by Philemon Holland Doctor in Physicke. The first [& Second] tome.

London: Impensis G. Bishop, 1601

$16,500.00

Folio: 33 x 22 cm. π6 [par.]4 a-b6 A8 B-3I6 3K4; A-3G6 3H4 3I-3O6 3P8 (lacking blank leaves π1 and 3P8) Complete in two parts; with a divisional title page to the second tome and the errata/colophon on leaf 3P7

“The ‘Natural History’ of Pliny the Elder is more than a natural history: it is an encyclopaedia of all the knowledge of the ancient world… It comprises 37 books with mathematics and physics, geography and astronomy, medicine and zoology, anthropology and physiology, philosophy and history, agriculture and mineralogy, the arts and letters… The ‘Historia’ soon became a standard book of reference; abstracts and abridgements appeared by the third century.

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Pforzheimer, 496; STC (2nd ed.), 20029

The Single most Valuable contribution to Wunderkammer Studies. The Complete 3 Volume Edition

Valentini, Michael Bernhard (1657-1729)
Museum Museorum, oder vollständige Schau-Bühne aller Materialien und Specereyen, nebst deren natürlichen Beschreibung. Aus andern Material-Kunst- und Naturalien-Kammern, Oost- und West-Indischen Reiss-Beschreibungen.

Frankfurt: heirs of Johann David Zunner and Johann Adam Jungen, 1714

$24,000.00

Folio: 3 volumes in one. 38.5 x 24 cm. With two engraved titles, 95 engraved plates, of which many double-page, 287 engravings, and 5 woodcuts in text. Collation: Vol. I: π1 (half-title), 1 (engraved t.p.), π4, )(4; ) () (2, )( )( )(2, A-Z4, Aa-Zz4, Aaa-Ttt4, **2, A-I4, K2, π2, (A)-(P)4. Vol. II: π1 (half title), 1 (engraved t.p.), π4, )()( 6, A-Z4, Aa4, Bb2, a-o4, p2. Vol. III: π4, [A]-[Z]4, [Aa]-{Ff]4, [Gg]2, *4, **2, a6.

A complete three-volume copy of Valentini’s “Museum of museums”, a comprehensive survey of European Wunder- kunst- und Schatzkammern. “Valentini was the personal physician to the Margrave of Assia and professor of experimental science and medicine at Giessen. His 'Museum Museorum' is the single most valuable contribution to Wunderkammer studies as it reprints many early collection catalogues [many of which are completely unobtainable now] and gives a list of all the museums known to exist at the time (some 159).

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Cobres I p. 106 n. 9; Eales 1259; Ferguson II pp.493-95; Nissen BBI 2035 and ZBI 4217; Alden 714/146.