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D'Amboinsche Rariteitkamer, Behelzende eene - Rumphius, Georgius Everhardus, (Ge - 1741. 
Amsterdam: Jan Roman de Jonge, Boekverkoper, 1741. - Second edition. 41 x 26 cm. Half title, engraved frontispiece, dated 1705, (from first edition), full title printed in red & black with engraved vignette of Amboina, 8-page introduction, 12-page table of contents, engraved portrait + 340 pp + 43pp (index), with 5 large engraved vignettes, and 60 full-page copper engravings. Bound in contemporary full calf, seven panelled spine with raised bands, gilt decorative panels, original (chipped) spine label, marbled endpapers, a marginal closed tear on one page, not affecting text or vignette. Rumphius, 1627-1702, was a Dutch naturalist born in Hanau in Germany and employed by the Dutch East India Company. He spent most of his life on the Island of Ambon and did not live to see the appearance of his book. He named most of the common Pacific shells. This is a handsome copy of a scarce edition of this Amboinish Curiosity Cabinet, by the "Pliny of the Indies". Copac only list one copy, in the B.L. The top left corner of the spine has been professionally restored.
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