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The Surinam Album
The Folio Society, London 2006 - 2006. Large Elephant folio with 91 tipped-in colour plates reproduced from the original album in the British Museum and printed at the Cambridge University Press on Furioso paper. The album has been hand-bound by by Smith Settle, Yeldon, Yorkshire, using Merian Wove toned rag-content paper for the leaves, Nigerian goatskin leather for the spine, and cloth sides foil-blocked with a design by David Eccles based on Plate 38, the hawkmoth. This is no. 313 of a limited edition of 1000. Cased in a large green cloth covered case with a leather title label. Also contains 87pp book - the Surinam Album Commentary by Julie Harvey. From the Introduction - "One of the most remarkable of the British Museum's collections is a superb album of seventeenth-century watercolour of tropical plants, insects and other animals from Surinam, one of the smallest and least visited countries in South America. it is remarkable that a collection of watercolours of the flora and fauna of Surinam should have been made by a European during the late seventeenth century. It is all the more surprising that this work should have been carried out by a woman, the artist and natural history pioneer, Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717). Her story is one of the most fascinating in the annals of natural history." This book has a b&w frontispiece and endpaper maps. The album of plates is in near fine condition with no inscriptions and even had 3 extra (duplicate) plates loosely inserted to the rear. The Commentary book is also near fine. The case is in excellent condition with just minor bumping. Heavy item so extra will be needed for shipping to non-UK customers. Size: Elephant Folio - 21" tall [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Edinburgh Books]
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