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HOUTTUYN, Martinus and Jan Christiaan SEPP.
Houtkunde, behelzende de afbeeldingen van meest alle bekende, in- en uitlandsche houten.Amsterdam, Jan Christiaan Sepp, [1773-]1791. Large 4to (28.5 x 23 cm). With engraved half-title in a frame of 18 wood samples, title-page with woodcut ornament, 5 title-pages (dated 1773) in five languages, each with a (different) woodcut branch. With 100 engraved plates showing over 850 wood samples, and a folding addendum table. With half-title and all 100 engraved plates coloured for the publisher. Contemporary tanned sheepskin, marbled endpapers. With: (2) HOUTTUYN, Martinus and Jan Christiaan SEPP. Supplement, of vervolg op het werk afbeelding der houten. Amsterdam, Jan Christiaan Sepp & son, 1795. Large 4to (ca. 28 x 23 cm). With 6 full-page engraved plates coloured for the publisher. Wrapper with printed title.
[20], C, LVIII [= LIV], [1 folding]; [8] pp.Rare complete copy, including the supplement, of the first and only edition of a splendid series of hand-coloured engravings of 885 wood samples from trees and shrubs from all over the world. It was by far the most extensive display of wood samples published to that date, and can hardly be equalled by modern publications. Included are woods used for house and ship building, furniture making, tools and equipment and for the production of dyes and medicines. The work was published in instalments from 1773 onwards. The 1773 title-pages, introduction, tables of tree and shrub names and indexes are in Dutch, German, English, French and Latin, while the title-page and new introduction added in 1791 are in Dutch, and the Dutch index includes extensive notes on the origins, properties and uses of the various wood sorts. The supplement omits Latin names and again adds notes in Dutch. The first 48 plates show samples of woods in the Dresden collection of Friedrich Augustus, King of Poland and Elector of Saxony, which had been published previously by Johann Michael Seligmann in Nürnberg. The rest were new to this edition: 41 plates showing woods (especially West Indian) from the collection of Hazeu, a minister of the church at Rotterdam, 11 showing some from Houttuyn's own collection, and the 6 in the supplement showing 42 from the collection of the Amsterdam apothecary H. De Troch. In fine condition and with generous margins, with only an occasional minor spot or smudge. The tissue interleaves (one or two with minor tears) are still present … [Click Below for Full Description]
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