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Klobius, J."
Ambrae historiam ad omnipotentis dei gloriam, et hominum sanitatem."
Wittenberg, Mevius and Schumacher, Typis Henckel, 1666. 8vo (20.3 x 16.6 cm). Title page, [vi], 76 pp.; three engraved plates and one folded engraved map of the world including the Terra Australis incognita and a peculiar map of Iapan Olim Chrse. Contemporary vellum; spine with small morocco label with author's name and abridged title. Blue-grey edges. Preserved in a nice 20th century green cloth box (22.3 x 18.0 x 2.3 cm) with gilt lettered morocco label. Rare first edition of this treatise on the origins of amber and ambergris. A book on amber, published by Justus Fidus Klobius of Wittenberg in 1666, examined eighteen opinions as to its origin and preferred the view that it was the dung of a bird native to Madagascar (illustrated in the book), the Maldives and East Indies, or possibly the excrement of a certain kind of whale (Thorndike). Among the plates the famous and curious shitting bird or Vogel mit dem Schopff. denn er setzt sich bei Nacht auf die Spitzen der hohen Klippen. was er alsdann von sich spritzt. und kumbt der Ambar von ihnen her; a second plate shows a frog and a lizard; a third plate contains images of exotic, perhaps imaginary mammals. It also deals with the medical use of amber. Old owner's name written in ink on the title page; a few spots, but generally in very good condition. Rare. Duveen, 325; Krivatsky, 6455; Not in Nissen."
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