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BELON, Pierre.:
LES OBSERVATIONS DE PLUSIEURS SINGULARITEZ ET CHOSES MEMORABLES, TROUVEES EN GRECE, ASIE, IUDEE, EGYPTE, ARABIE, & AUTRES PAYS ESTRANES, redigees en trois livres, par Pierre Belon du Mans. Reveuz de nouveau & augmentez de Figures.
Paris, chez Hierosme de Marnef, & la veufve Guillaume Cavellat, 1588.1588 (first published in Paris in 1553), small 4to, approximately 230 x 155 mm, 9¼ x 6 inches, publisher's pictorial device on title page showing pelican feeding her young, portrait of the author on i4v, 43 woodcut illustrations in the text of animals, plants, people and 2 maps, the Hellespont (page 173) and Alexandria (page 206), large folding map of the Isle of Lemnos and Mount Athos, the lower portion where joined is a very good printed facsimile on old paper, FOLDING PLATE OF ST CATHERINE'S MONASTERY MISSING (should be at page 283), decorated and historiated head - and tailpieces and initials, pages: [xxiv], 468, [2 - colophon and on verso a different publisher's device], collation: a4, e4, i4, A - 3N4, bound in moderned full panelled calf, gilt raised bands to spine, richly gilt in compartments, gilt lettered red morocco label, old red speckling to edges, new endpapers. Occasional very slight light browning to margins, otherwise contents clean. A very good copy (lacking 1 plate as noted). The large folding map of Lemnos and Athos is often missing, it is not called for in earlier editions. Pierre Belon was a French naturalist, (circa 1517 - 1574). He studied medicine in Paris, where he took the degree of doctor, and then became a pupil of the botanist Valerius Cordus (1515 - 1544) at Wittenberg University, with whom he travelled in Germany. On his return to France he was taken under the patronage of Cardinal de Tournon, who provided him with the means for undertaking an extensive scientific journey. St … [Click Below for Full Description]
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