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The Catalogue of Imperato’s Wunderkammer

Imperato, Ferrante (ca. 1550- ca. 1625)
Historia Naturale di Ferrante Imperato Napolitano: nella quale ordinatamente si tratta Della diversa condition di Minere, Pietre pretiose, & altre curiosità: Con varie Historie di Piante, & Animali, sin'hora non date in luce. In questa Seconda Impressione aggiontovi da Gio. Maria Ferro Spetiale alla Sanità, alcune Annotationi alle Piante nel Libro vigesimo ottavo. Dedicata all’Altezza Ser.[enissi]ma Di Giovan Federico Duca di Brunswick, et Lunenburg.

Venice: Presso Combi, & La Noù. 1672

Folio: 32.5 x 22.5 cm. [8], 696, [8] pp. Collation: *4, A-Z6, Aa-Zz6, Aaa-Mmm6, a4. With an added folding plate.

$18,000.00

Ferrante Imperato was, like his contemporary from Verona Francesco Calzolari, an apothecary whose collection of natural history collection and library “constituted a practical work of reference for physicians, pharmacists and botanists”. Among his visitors and correspondents were some of the most important scientists of the day, including Peiresc, Clusius, Aldrovandi, and Bauhin. The folding engraving of the museum interior shows Imperato and his son Francesco leading visitors through the museum, the cabinets of which are packed tight with specimens and books and are surmounted by stuffed birds.

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Hoover 440, Schuh 2384; Sinkankas 3109; Ward & Carozzi 1172

The Illustrated Catalogue of the Natural History

Jacobaeus, Oliger (1650-1701)
Muséum Regium Seu Catalogus Rerum tam naturalium, quàm artificialium, Quæ In Baslilica Bibliothecæ Augustissimi Daniæ Norvegiæq; Monarchæ Christiani Qvinti Hafniæ asservantur, Descriptus Ab Oligero Jacobæo, Me. & Phil. Prof. Regio.

Copenhagen: Joachim Schmetgen, 1696

Folio: 35 x 23 cm. )(4 [includes the engraved frontispiece], )(4, A-Z4, Aa-Bb4, Cc-Dd2. With 37 added engraved plates.

$16,000.00

The Royal Danish Kunstkammer was founded by King Frederick III in 1650 and was continued by his son, Christian V (1646-1699), to whom this book is dedicated. The Kunstkammer existed until 1825 when its collections were dispersed among the many specialized museums created around that time. This catalogue is an invaluable illustrated record of the collections as they stood in the 17th century. The author, the comparative anatomist Oliger Jacobaeus taught philosophy, history, geography and medicine at Copenhagen.

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Balsinger p.141 and 279-80; Brunet III, p. 479; Murray, II, p. 190; Nissen ZBI, 2081; Ward & Carozzi, 1676; Wilson, The History of Mineral Collecting, p. 209, only citing 18 plates. See: “Det Kongelige danske Kunstkammer 1737 = The Royal Danish Kunstkammer 1737”, Bente Gundestrup (Copenhagen: 1991)

The First Description of Kircher’s Museum, Bound Together with Kircher’s “China Illustrata” , In Contemporary Pigskin Binding With Clasps

Kircher, Athanasius (1602-1680); Sepi, Georgio de (fl. 1678)
Musaeum Celeberrimum [BOUND WITH] China Illustrata

Amsterdam: Jansson-Waesberg, 1678

$35,000.00

I. Kircher’s Museum:

The subjects of the engravings are as follows: a reproduction of the "Nestorian Stele", originally published in Kircher's "China Illustrata" (1667); ten engravings of Egyptian obelisks, the largest of which measures 462 x 746 mm; an illustration of Kircher's "magnetic dove" in flight; various optical devices; the famous "magic lantern"; three plates depicting hydraulic and magnetic clocks; and several perpetual motion machines.

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Merrill 20 ("Constitutes the first Chinese vocabulary ever printed in the West. He includes a Sanskrit grammar and vocabulary ... the first printing of a Sanskrit grammar in Europe"); De Backer Sommervogel IV 1063, 24; Cordier 26; Caillet 5774; Brunet III, 666-667; Reilly #23; Lach "Asia in The Making of Europe", Vol III, Bk I, pp. 485-486, 527-528; Dünnhaupt 2342, 21.2; Walravens, China illustrata 18

A Private 17th c. Museum annexed to Aldrovandi’s Studio, Illustrated with Numerous Woodcuts of Specimens, And with a folding Frontispiece of the Museum’s Interior

Legati, Lorenzo (d. 1675); Cospi, Ferdinando (1606-1683)
Mvseo Cospiano Annesso A Qvello Del Famoso Vlisse Aldrovandi E donato alla sua Patria dall' Illustrissimo Signor Ferdinando Cospi Patrizio Di Bologna E Senatore Cavaliere Commendatore di S. Stefano, Balì d’Arezzo, e March. Di Petriolo, fra Gli Accademici Gelati Il Fedele, e principe al presente de' medesimi. Descrizione Di Lorenzo Legati Cremonese Dottor Filosofo, Medico, e Pubblico Professore delle Lettere Greche in Bologna, Accademica Apatista, e Ansioso. Al Serenissimo Ferdinando III Principe di Toscana

Bologna: Per Giacomo Monti, 1677

Folio: 32 x 20.8 cm. [24], 532 pp. Collation: †6, ††6, A-Z6, Aa-Vv6, Xx-Yy4. With an added, double-paged plate of the museum

$18,000.00

The sole edition of the only illustrated catalogue of the museum of Ferdinando Cospi, annexed in 1657 to the Studio Aldrovandi, the museum and botanical garden of Ulisse Aldrovandi in Bologna. The Cospi museum occupied a large apartment with two annexes in the Palazzo Pubblico, adjacent to the Aldrovandi museum. The detailed catalogue and its illustrations - in particular, the folding frontispiece image of the museum’s interior- serve as an invaluable record of the contents and configuration of the museum prior to the redistribution of both Aldrovandi’s and Cospi’s collections in 1742.

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Cicognara 3403; Nissen, ZBI 2421; Graesse IV, 144; Balsiger, Kunst und Wunderkammern, 1970: 303-9; Cabinets de Curiosités: no. 97; Schlosser, Kunst- und Wunderkammern, 1908: 103-4; Wilson, History of Mineral Collecting, 1994: 40 & 165; Wunderkammer to Museum: no. 25. (Cospi). Cobres I p. 10 n. 4; Murray I p. 89; Nissen ZBI 2421. On the Codex Cospi, see Laura Laurencich Minelli, “A Note on the Mesoamerican Codex Cospi” in Journal de la Société des Américanistes, 1999, Vol 85, issue 85, pp. 375-386

The Most Complete Catalogue of the Museum of Basilius & Michael Rupert Besler, With 40 Exquisitely Detailed Natural History Plates

Lochner, Johann Heinrich (1696 - 1715); Lochner, Michael Frederich (1662 - 1720); Besler, Basilius (1561-1629); Besler, Michael Rupert (1607-1661)
Rariora Musei Besleriani quae olim Basilius et Michael Rupertus Besleri collegerunt, aenesique tabulis ad vivum incisa evulgarunt: nunc commentariolo illustrata a Johanne Henrico Lochnero…

Nuremberg: (No printer), 1716

Folio: 29.5 x 19.2 cm. [24]-112. Collation: )(2, )()(2, )()(2, [a]-c2, A-Z2, Aa-Ee2. With the folding, engraved portrait of Johann Heinrich Lochner by G. D. Heümann and 40 folding engraved plates.

$17,500.00

The first descriptive catalogue of the Besler collections, with the most plates of all works on these collections.

Johann Heinrich Lochner’s “Rariora Musei Besleriani” is the most complete description of the natural history museum of Basilius Besler and his nephew Michael Rupert. It contains the first descriptive commentary of the collection and has 40 engraved plates.

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Murray 2000 vol. I, pp. 98-99 e vol. II, pp. 117; Casey Wood 1931: p. 439; Schuh, Bibliography of Mineralogy, 2005: n. 393; Dance 1966: p. 13; Freilich Library 2002: n. 362; Pritzel, Thesaurus Literaturæ Botanicæ, 1871-3: no. 747; Wilson, History of Mineral Collecting, 1994, p. 105; Poggendorff: 1, cols. 1484-5; Nissen, Zoologische 348

Catalogue of the Museo Moscardo, Profusely Illustrated with Natural History Specimens & Ethnographic artifacts. An Untrimmed Copy with Deckled Edges Throughout

Moscardo, Lodovico (ca. 1596- after 1671); Kircher, Athanasius (1602-1680)
Note Overo Memorie Del Mvseo Del Conte Lodovico Moscardo Nobile Veronese Uno De Padri Nell' Accademia Filarmonica. Dal medesimo descritte in Trè Libri. Nel primo si discorre delle cose anitche; che in detto Museo si ritrovano. Nel secondo delle Pietre, Minerali, e Terre. Nel terzo de Corali, Conchiglie, Animali, Frutti, & altre cose in quello contenute. Furono consacrate, nella prima editione alla Gloriossimo momoria [sic!] Dell'Altezza Serenissima Di Francesco Fv Duca Di Modena E Reggio Con l'aggiunta in questa Seconda Impressione della Seconda parte dello stesso Autore, accresciuta di cose spettanti particolarmente all'antichità, Con l'Indice d'uno gran parte delle sue Medagli, & Pitture, come anco delli ritratti de Prencipi, & altri Illustri huomini, così in arme, come in lettere.

Verona: 1672

Folio: 31.5 x 22 cm. 2 parts in one volume, continuously paginated. Collation: [π]4 (π1 is the engraved title page), §4, A-Z4 Aa-Pp4, Qq2; Rr-Zz4 AAa-KKk4, LLl-SSs2, VVv-YYy2. Complete.

$16,500.00

This is the second, greatly expanded edition of the Veronese Count Lodovico Moscardo’s celebrated museum of natural history specimens, archaeological remains, and ethnographic objects. The engravings and woodcuts illustrate: gems, minerals, rare earths, fossils; plant and animal specimens, including corals and shells; ancient Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Etruscan, and Byzantine sculpture, pottery, metal-work and other ethnographic artifacts.

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Grinke, From Wunderkammer to Museum, 23 (this edition); Balsinger, Kunst und Wunderkammern, pp. 331-42; Cicognara 3412; Dance, Shell Collecting, 39; Freilich Sale Catalog: no. 409; Gatterer, Mineralogischen Literatur, 1798-9: 1, 279; Murray, Museums, 34; Wilson, History of Mineral Collecting, 1994: 40 & 18; ZBI, 2898; Sinkankas, Gemology, 4611; Wilson, The History of Mineral Collecting, p 218; Jahn, The Lying Stones, pp. 165-66

The Single most Valuable contribution to Wunderkammer Studies. The Complete 3 Volume Edition. EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED

Valentini, Michael Bernhard (1657-1729)
Museum Museorum, oder vollständige Schau-Bühne aller Materialien und Specereyen, nebst deren natürlichen Beschreibung. Aus andern Material-Kunst- und Naturalien-Kammern, Oost- und West-Indischen Reiss-Beschreibungen.

Frankfurt: heirs of Johann David Zunner and Johann Adam Jungen, 1714

Folio: 3 volumes in one. 38 x 23 cm. With two engraved titles, 95 engraved plates, of which many double-page, 287 engravings, and 5 woodcuts in text. Collation: Vol. I: π1 (half-title), 1 (engraved t.p.), π4, )(4, )()(2, )()()(2, A-Z4, Aa-Zz4, Aaa-Ttt4, **2, A-I4, K2, *4, **2, π2, (A)-(P)4. Vol. II: π1 (half-title), 1 (engraved t.p.), π4, )()(6, A-Z4, Aa4, Bb2, a-o4, p2. Vol. III: π4, [A]-[Z]4, [Aa]-{Ff]4, [Gg]2, a6. Complete.

$24,000.00

A wonderful copy of Valentini’s “Museum of museums”, a comprehensive survey of European Wunder- kunst- und Schatzkammern. “Valentini was the personal physician to the Margrave of Assia and professor of experimental science and medicine at Giessen. His 'Museum Museorum' is the single most valuable contribution to Wunderkammer studies as it reprints many early collection catalogues [many of which are completely unobtainable now] and gives a list of all the museums known to exist at the time (some 159).

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Cobres I p. 106 n. 9; Eales 1259; Ferguson II pp.493-95; Nissen BBI 2035 and ZBI 4217; Alden 714/146.

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