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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 Cavellar, 1588.. 1588 (first published in Paris in 1553), small 4to, approximately 230 x 155 mm, 9ΒΌ 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 (page173) and Alexandria (page 206), large folding map of the Isle of Lemnos and Mount Athos, lower portion where joined is a good printed facsimile, 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 old calf, rebacked, raised bands, gilt lettered label to spine, edges speckled red. Binding worn and pitted, shallow lines to both covers near to spine, gilt ruled border to covers almost completely worn off, label very worn with loss to gilt letters, old ink inscription to front pastedown, occasional very slight light browning to margins, otherwise contents clean. A 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. Starting in 1546, he travelled through Greece, Asia Minor, Egypt, Arabia and Palestine, and returned in 1549. In his book he describes the flora and fauna he encounters on his journey, antiquities and towns, and also the peoples and their lives and customs. Many illustrations show unusual animals and plants, 5 are of snakes, 1 shows a small dragon, the only one not based on observation. See: Sefik E.Atabey, The Ottoman World, Volume 1, page 47. Sotheby's, Earls of Macclesfield Catalogue, Part 12, 4337; Brunet I, 762; The Library of Henry Myron Blackmer II, page 18. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING. POSTAGE AT COST.
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