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Regnum Animale: Natuurkundige Bschryving eener Uitmunde Verzameling van Zeldsaame Gedierten
Amsterdam: J.B. Elwe, 1804. First edition. A bright and clean copy in near fine condition in a very attractive period binding.. Pp. vi, [ii], 15, 8, 8, 12, 12, 20, 6, 6, 6, 10, 10, 6, 6, 21, 15, 12, 14, 14, 12, 44, 8, 9, 6, 7, 7, 7, 10, 8, 12, 8, 22, 8, 8, with 35 full-page plates with fine contemporary hand-coloring and a hand-colored half-title page. Later brown half leather, spine with red morocco title/author label lettered in gilt, over the original gray marbled boards, sm 4to (10 3/4 x 8 1/4 inches). This work feature 33 species accounts of birds, mammals and reptiles, most of which were published between 1766 and 1787. This is the first collected edition of this work published in book form. These accounts were meant to introduce rare and exotic species to European community. Many species are depicted in this work for the first time. The animals studied were imported from Borneo, the Philippines, Surinam, South Africa, Japan and other regions and housed at menageries and natural cabinets in the Netherlands. Each species account includes a separate title page, description and color plate (the accounts of the giraffe and the orangutan each have 2 color plates). For more information, see Nissen, Zoology, 4293.
      [Bookseller: Natural History Books]
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