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CHARLETON (Walter).
Onomasticon Zoigon, plerorumque Animalium Differentias et Nomina Propria pluribus Linguis exponens. Cui accedunt Mantissa Anatomica et quaedam de Variis Fossilium Generibus.
Londres, Jacobum Allestry, 1668. 4to. 10 leaves. 309 pages. 17 leaves. Contemporary vellum. First Edition of the principal work on natural history by the English physician and scientist Walter Charleton (1619-1707). It is divided in three parts: The first part is an attempt to classify animals and lists all the animals known at the time, with their names in English, Latin and Greek. The second part is a treatise on compared anatomy, in which the author studies the anatomy of several fish. The third part, entitled "De Variis Fossilium in Genere", from pp. 216 to 309, is a catalogue of Fossils, Minerals and Precious Stones classified by group: "Terrarum quibus varii utuntur Artifices", "Lapidum minus Pretiosorum et Durorum Classis", "Lapidum Molliorum Classis", "Metallorum Perfectorum Classis", etc. This volume is illustrated with 8 plates (7 foldout) and 4 figures in the text, all engraved on copper. Most of these plates represent birds and make this work "the first work by an English author to add illustrations to a list of birds" (Norman). Walter Charleton was Charles I's physician and President of the Royal College of Physicians of London. He notably wrote the first English treaty on Physiology (1659). Good copy in its first binding. ** Garrison-Morton, 292. Norman Collection, n. 461.
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