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A Classic in The Study of Greek Dance

GIRONI, Robustiano
Le danze dei Greci descritte e pubblicate pel faustissimo imeneo di Sua Altezza Imperiale e Reale il Serenissimo Principe Ranieri Arciduca d’Austria, ecc. ecc. ecc. e Viceré del Regno Lombardo-Veneto con Sua Altezza Serenissima la Principessa Elisabetta di Savoia-Carignano, ecc. ecc.,

Milan: dall’Imperiale Regia Stamperia, 1820

$6,800.00

Folio, 4 leaves, 68 pages, with 6 engraved plates with contemporary coloring.

THE RARE, SOLE EDITION of this landmark in the history of illustration, typography, and the historical study of dance. The book was published in an edition of only 80 copies on the occasion of the marriage between the Archduke Ranieri of Habsburg, Viceroy of the Lombardo-Venetian Kingdom, and the Princess Elisabetta of Savoy-Carignano.

Robustiano Gironi (1769-1838) was a man of letters and a public official of the Milanese State under both Napoleonic and Austrian rule.

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References: Blackmer 693; Lipperheide 185; Magriel, Bibliography of Dancing, p. 81; G.G. Fagioli Vercellone, s.v. ‘Gironi, Robustiano’, DBI 56 (2001); G. Pucci, Per un’archeologia del gesto: la reinvenzione moderna della danza antica, «Classico Contemporaneo» 2 (2016), 25-40; Encyclopedia.com, s.v. ‘Neoclassicism’.

The Conjoined Twins of Biddenden

THE BIDDENDEN MAIDS. Chulkhurt, Eliza and Mary (1100-1134)
A short and concise account of Eliza & Mary Chulkhurst, who were borned joined together by the hips and shoulders, in the year of our Lord, 1100, at Biddenden, in the County of Kent, commonly called The Biddenden Maids.

Tenterden: [J.S.] Thomson, Printer, circa 1808

$1,800.00

Broadside: 34 x 20 cm.

Apparently the product of folklore, the Biddenden maids, Elisa and Mary Chulkhurst (1100-1134), were conjoined twins, named after their hometown of Biddenden, in Kent, England. They are said to have lived for 34 years joined at their hips and shoulders until they died, six hours apart.

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“The Grand Tour” - The First Printed Guide Book of The Vatican Museums - Printed on Blue Paper

VATICAN MUSEUMS [Clement XIV, Pope (reg. 1769-1774); Pius VI, Pope (reg. 1775-1799)] Massi, Pasquale, da Cesena
Indicazione Antiquaria del Pontificio Museo Pio-Clementino in Vaticano, stesa da Pasquale Mass Cesenate Custode del Museo Stesso/ Catalogue Indicatif des Antiquitès Composant Le Musèe Pie-Clèmentin au Vatican par Paschal Massi de Cesèns Garde du dit Musèe.

Rome: Presso Lazzarini, 1792

$8,400.00

Octavo: 15.5 x 10.8 cm. [4] 216 pp. Collation: [ ]2, a-m8, n12 (the first leaf [ ]1 is a blank and is present)

The Museo Pio-Clementino was the first major curatorial museum within what are known today collectively as the Vatican Museums. In 1771, Pope Clement XIV had Michelangelo Simonetti adapt the Belvedere Pavilion to accommodate the papal collection of ancient art. When Clement’s successor, the avid art collector Pius VI, was elevated to the pontificate in 1775, the pace of acquisition increased dramatically and very soon the collections outgrew the rooms arranged for them by Simonetti.

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Cicognara 3408

With an Account of Benjamin Franklin's Kite Experiment

ELECTRICITY. Calandrelli, Giuseppe
Ragionamento sopra il conduttore elettrico Quirinale dell'abate Giuseppe Calandrelli

Rome: nella stamperia Salomoni, 1789

$4,800.00

Octavo: 20.5 x 140 cm. [2], xxxvi p.

First edition of this rare publication, dealing with the construction of the lightning conductor installed on the Quirinal Palace in Rome (in order to prevent further damage from lightning strikes.)

Calandrelli discusses the electrical experiments of other well-known scientists such as Priestley, Toaldo, Landriani, De Saussure, Reccaria, Lord Malion, and above all, those of Benjamin Franklin, including Franklin's iconic kite experiment of June 1752.

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Wheeler Gift 554

The Scandalous Life of Elizabeth Chudleigh

Chudleigh, Elizabeth (c. 1720-1788)
An Authentic Detail of Particulars relative to the Late Duchess of Kingston.

London: Printed for G. Kearsley, at Johnson’s Head, No. 46, Fleet-Street, 1788

$3,800.00

Octavo: 21 x 13 cm. pp. [ii], ii, 178, [18]. Collation: [A]2, B-Z4, A1. With an added engraved frontispiece of the Duchess, with breasts exposed "as she appeared at the Venetian Ambassador

Duchess of Kingston, granddaughter of the poet Mary Chudleigh (1656-1710), from whom “she seemed to have inherited no notable literary tastes or talents”(Rizzo) Elizabeth was notorious for her sexual escapades, daring, and profligacy. She studiously cultivated this image, referring to herself (in the third person) thus: “She was both wasteful and penurious; the most enormous sums were expended to gratify her love of display, at the same time that she refused to incur some trifling necessary expense in her household….

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ESTC T92902

The Grand Tour. 18th c. Views of Rome by Piranesi’s Pupil

ROME. Cassini, Giovanni Maria (1745-1824)
Nuova raccolta delle megliori vedute antiche et moderne di Roma disegnate ed incise da Giovanni Cassini.

Rome: Venanzio Monaldini, 1779

$12,500.00

Oblong folio: 27 x 40.5 cm. Engraved allegorical title, dedication leaf, index, and 80 engraved plates.

First edition of these elegant views of Roman monuments by the engraver Giovanni Maria Cassini, who learned his craft from none other than Giambattista Piranesi, and who would go on to win fame as an important map and globe-maker. In the “Nuova raccolta”, Cassini includes a view of Santa Maria Del Priorato (pl. 13), one of the very few architectural designs of Piranesi to come to fruition, and a church considered to be the first Neoclassical building in Rome.

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Cicognara 3657; Millard, Italian No. 30

Zanotti, Eustachio (1709-1782)
Ephemerides motuum caelestium ex anno 1775 in annum 1786 ad meridianum Bononiae es Halleii tabulis supputatae.

Bologna: Ex typ. Lælii a Vulpe Instituti scientiarum impressoris, 1774

$2,800.00

Quarto: 26.5 x 20 cm. VII, 384. With an engraved frontispiece, engraved title vignette, and 3 folding engraved plates.

In 1750 Zanotti produced a volume covering 1751-1762. In 1762 he published another volume for the years 1763-1774. This volume, for 1775-1786 was the last published in Zanotti’s lifetime. In 1786, his successor at the observatory, Petronio Mateucci, published a final volume for 1787-1798.

Like the astronomer Eustachio Manfredi, his godfather, Zanotti belonged to a prominent family distinguished in the arts, letters, and sciences.

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Houzeau-L. 15537; Riccardi I/2, 655, 34; DSB XIV, 589

A Complete, Three-Volume Guide to Ancient & “Modern” Rome - Complete with 39 folding engraved plates

Rome. Roisecco, Niccola (18th c.)
Roma antica, e moderna: o sia Nuova descrizione di tutti gl' edifizj antichi, e moderni sagri, e profani della città di Roma: co' nomi degl' autori di tutte le opere di architettura, scultura, e pittura ... : Una relazione della presente corte di Roma de' suoi ministri, cogregazioni, e tribunali, e la cronologia de' re, consoli, imperadori e pontefici Romani: con duecento e piu figure in rame. Il tutto cavato dal Baronio, Bosio, Nardini, Grevio, ed altri classici autori. Tomo primo[-terzo].

Rome: A spese di Niccola Roisecco, 1765

$6,500.00

Octavo: 3 volumes: 17 x 12 cm. I. a8, A-Z8, Aa-Ss8, Tt-Xx4 (Xx4 blank and present). With an engraved frontis. (a1) and 19 added plates. II. π1, A-Z8, Aa-Rr8, Ss-Tt4, Vv6. With 20 added plates. III. π1, A-Z8, Aa-Mm8, Nn4, Oo8 (With Oo8 blank and present.)

A beautiful three-volume set, describing and illustrating the ancient, medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque monuments and buildings of Rome. This publication marks the culmination of a long series of developments in illustrated guides to Rome. 

Beginning with the guidebooks produced by Girolamo Franzini and his heirs in the late 16th-century, pilgrims and tourists to the once-again-thriving Eternal City could purchase increasingly more accurate guidebooks to the ancient and modern marvels of Rome.

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Rossetti 8883; Schudt 208

Magnificent Views of Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque Rome. A Masterpiece By Piranesi’s Collaborator & Rival

Barbault, Jean (1718-1762); Montagù, Domenico (d. 1767)
Les Plus Beaux Édifices De Rome Moderne, Ou Recueíl Des Plus Belles Vües Des Principales Églises, Places, Palais, Fontaines &c. Qui Sont Dans Rome Dessinées Par Jean Barbault Peintre, Ancien Pensionnaire Du Roy a Rome, Et Gravées en XLIV. Grandes Planches et Plusieurs Vignettes; Par D’Habiles Maitres. Avec La Description Historique De Chaque Edifice.

Rome: Chez Bouchard et Gravier Libraires françois rüe du Cours près l’Eglise de S. Marcel, de l 1763

$22,000.00

Large Folio: 53.5 x 38 cm. [vi], 72 pp. Collation: [π]3, A-Z1, Aa-.Nn1. With 44 double-paged plates. Complete.

The French artist Jean Barbault arrived in Rome in 1747 and quickly became involved with the circle of Piranesi, with whom he worked on the “Varie Vedute di Roma Antica e Moderna” and for whose “Antichità Romane” he contributed figures for 14 plates “thus becoming one of the few official collaborators” of Piranesi. Barbault’s own views of the ancient city appeared 7 years after his collaboration with Piranesi; the present work on “Rome Moderne” appeared two years later, the year that Barbault died.

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Berlin Catalogue 2712; Millard IV, 14; Not in Fowler

The Monuments of Ancient Rome Engraved by Piranesi’s Collaborator & Rival

Barbault, Jean (1718-1762)
Les Plus Beaux Monuments De Rome Ancienne. Ou Recueíl Des Plus Beaux Morceaux de L'Antiquité Romaine Qui Existent Encore: Dessinés Par Monsieur Barbault Peintre Ancien Pensionnaire Du Roy a Rome, Et Gravés, en 128 Planches Avec Leur Explication.

Rome: Chez Bouchard et Gravier Libraires François rüe du Cours près de Saint Marcel, de l 1761

$16,000.00

Large Folio: 51 x 35.5 cm. VIII, 90 pp. Collation: [π]1, [a]-[c]1, A-Z, Aa-Yy1. With 73 added plates. Complete.

The French artist Jean Barbault arrived in Rome in 1747 and quickly became involved with the circle of Piranesi, with whom he worked on the “Varie Vedute di Roma Antica e Moderna” and for whose “Antichità Romane” he contributed figures for 14 plates “thus becoming one of the few official collaborators” of Piranesi. Barbault’s own views appeared 7 years after his collaboration with Piranesi.

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La Cicognara 3593; Fowler 37; Millard IV, no. 13; RIBA, Early Printed Books, 184

Pagnini's Sector

NAVIGATION. MENSURATION. Pagnini, Giovanni
COSTRUZIONE ED USO DEL COMPASSO DI PROPORZIONE.

NAPLES: IGNAZIO RUSSO, 1753

$3,500.00

Quarto: 23.6 x 17 cm. [8], 56 Collation: a4, A-G4. 15 engraved plates engraved by Filippo de Grado.

Little is known of the author other than that he wrote another book on navigation in 1750. This work on the sector was translated into Spanish in 1758.

By the time this book was published, the design of the European sector had become standardized. Compare this design, for example, with that in the fourth edition of the works of Ozanam seventeen years earlier (L’usage du compas de proportion, 1736).

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Tomash & Williams P7; Riccardi ii, 236

The First Three-Volume Guide Book to Ancient & “Modern” Rome. In Contemporary Bindings

ROME. Roisecco, Gregorio (18th c.)
Roma Antica, e Moderna: o sia Nuova descrizione di tutti gl' edifizj antichi, e moderni tanto sagri, quanto profani della città di Roma: formata con l’autorità del Cardinale Baronio, Ciacconio, Bosio, Panciroli, Marliani, Panvinio… Abbellita con duecento, e più figure di rame e con curiose notizie istoriche. Distinta in 14 rioni secondo l’ultimo dipartimento fattone per comandamento di N.S.Benedetto XIV.. felicemente regnante. Divisa in tre tomi.

Rome: Gregorio Roisecco mercante di libri in Piazza Navona nella stamperia Puccinelli, 1750

$6,800.00

Octavo: 3 volumes: 16.5 x 11 cm.

A beautiful three-volume set, describing and illustrating the ancient, medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque monuments and buildings of Rome. In addition to the 3 engraved title pages, the 2 folding engraved maps, and the 29 folding engraved plates, the three volumes are illustrated with 158 engravings in the text. (Vol. I with 82, Vol. II with 68, Vol. III with 8.)This publication marks the culmination of a long series of developments in illustrated guides to Rome.

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Fossati Bellani 704; Olschki Choix 17963; Schudt 207

Some of the Earliest Scientific Lectures given in England – With The First English Edition of Newton's Law of Cooling

PHYSICS. Cotes, Roger (1682-1716); Newton, Isaac (1642-1727); Halley, Edmond (1656-1742)
Hydrostatical and Pneumatical Lectures by Roger Cotes, . The second edition. By Robert Smith...

London: Printed by J. Bentham...for W. Thurlbourn, 1747

$1,800.00

Octavo: (xviii), 273 [a misprint for 289], (10) pp., 5 folding engraved plates.

Second edition of one of the earliest courses of scientific lectures to be given in England — John Keill had begun lecturing in Oxford about two years earlier. The author, Roger Cotes, the brilliant pupil and friend of Newton who died untimely at the age of thirty-four, composed these lectures jointly with William Whiston.

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Babson 343. Bibliotheca Mechanica pp. 81-82. Not in Wallis

Kircher Revived: The Great Plague of 1740

Kircher, Athanasius (1602-1680)
Scrutinium Pestis Physico-Medicum publico commodo recusum. dum per reverend. patrem Urbanum Madcho ... in ejusdem Universitatis aula academica, de re litteraria philosophica benemeriti, supremâ philosophiae laureâ donarentur

Graz: Typis Haeredum Widmanstadii, 1740

$4,500.00

Octavo: 15.5 x 9.5 cm. 240 p. Collation: )(6, A-P8, Q2

Originally published in 1658, 7 years before Hooke's "Micrographia" appeared in print, Kircher's work on the plague and its causes was a landmark work on the subject. In 1740, in response to the Great Plague that was ravaging Eastern Europe, the Jesuit faculty at the University of Graz republished the work "for the public good." The plague began in 1738 and killed at least 50,000 people in areas of (modern-day) Romania, Hungary, Ukraine, Serbia, Croatia, and Austria.

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For the first edition, see: Brunet III, 668; Caillet II, 365.5792; Clendening 7.8; De Backer I, 426.16; VII, 286.13; Garrison /Morton 589.5118; Grassse IV, 22; Sommervogel IV, 1057-58.16

Learning the Mixe Language - A Manual for Confessors - Printed in Puebla by Catalina Cerezo

SPANISH. AMERICAS. MEXICO. Quintana, Augustin de (ca. 1660-1734)
Confessonario [sic] en lengua Mixe, con una construccion de las oraciones de la Doctrina Christiana, y vn compendio de voces mixes, para enseñarse â prononciar la dicha lengua

Puebla: Por la Viuda de Miguel de Ortega, 1733

$11,500.00

Quarto: 20.5 x 14.5 cm. [16], 148, [4] p. Collation: π4, ¶4, A-T4

First edition of this important confessors' manual, in Mixe and Spanish, by Agustin de Quintana, "a native of Oajaca, and labored for 28 years as a missionary among the Mijes Indians, whose difficult dialect he perfectly mastered' (Sabin)Remarkably, Quintana stresses that the main objective of writing his 'Confessario' was not 'to teach morality', but'to teach the Mixe language.

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Medina, Imprenta en la Puebla de los Angeles (1640-1821), 399; Viñaza, Bibliografía española de lenguas indígenas de América, 301; Palau y Dulcet, Manual del librero hispano-americano (2. ed.), 244703; Sabin, Dictionary of books relating to America from its discovery to the present time, 67320

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

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

$24,000.00

Folio: 3 volumes in one. 38.5 x 24 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, 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, *4, **2, a6.

A complete three-volume 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.

The First Edition. A Fine Copy in a Contemporary Binding

Chudleigh, Mary Lee, Lady (bap. 1656- d. 1710)
Poems on several occasions. Together with The song of the three children paraphras’d. By the Lady Chudleigh

London: printed by W[illiam]. B[owyer]. for Bernard Lintott at the Middle Temple Gate in Fleetstreet, 1703

$15,000.00

Octavo: 19.5 x 12 cm. [16], 125, [17], 73, [1] pp. Collation: A-O8, P4

Mary Chudleigh was a friend of Elizabeth Thomas and an admirer of Mary Astell, with whom she corresponded and whose ‘Defence of the Female Sex’ she tried to emulate. Dedicated to Queen Anne, her ‘Poems on Several Occasions’ was widely noticed, achieving a second edition in 1709. The poems include a wide range of subjects, from lyrics and satires of the age of Dryden, to philosophical and more contemplative verse in keeping with the solitary and often melancholy life that she led in Devon.

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Foxon p. 121; ESTC t97275; Maslen and Lancaster, Bowyer ledgers, D36

The Art of Glass

GLASS. CHEMISTRY. Haudicquer de Blancourt, Jean, approximately 1650?-1704); Neri, Antonio (d. 1614); Merret, Christopher (1614-1695)
The art of glass. Shewing how to make all sorts of glass, crystal and enamel. Likewise the making of pearls, precious stones, china and looking-glasses. To which is added, the method of painting on glass and enameling. Also how to extract the colours from minerals, metals, herbs and flowers. A work containing many secrets and curiosities never before discovered. Illustrated with proper sculptures. Written originally in French, by Mr. H. Blancourt, and now first translated into English. With an appendix, containing exact instructions for making glass-eyes of all colours.

London: printed for Dan. Brown at the Black Swan without Temple-Bar; Tho. Bennet at the Half-Moon, D. Midwinter and Tho. Leigh at the Rose and Crown, and R. Wilkin at the King’s-Head in St. Paul’s Church-yard, 1699

$6,850.00

Octavo: 18.3 x 11.5 cm. [16], 355, [13] p. Collation: A-Z8, Aa8. With 9 engraved plates.

The core of Blancourt's text is Christopher Merret's annotated Latin edition (1668) of Antonio Neri's "L'Arte Vetraria"(1612). Merret had produced his own English (unillustrated) translation of Neri's work in 1662. Blancourt has expanded Neri's original 7 books to 12. Among Blancourt's notable contributions to the text are a chapter on crystal, glass and metal mirrors; and an appendix on a secret technique for making glass eyes look "Very Natural".

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ESTC R16918; Wing (CD-ROM, 1996), H1150. See Dwight P. Lanmon and David Whitehouse, "Glass in the Robert Lehman Collection", p. 102

A Fine Large-Paper Copy of the First Edition

Vergil (Publius Vergilius Maro) (70-19 B.C.); Dryden, John (1631-1700)
THE WORKS OF VIRGIL: Containing His PASTORALS , GEORGICS, AND ÆNEIS. Translated into English Verse; By Mr. Dryden. Adorn’d with a Hundred Sculptures.

London: Printed for Jacob Tonson 1697

$20,000.00

Folio: 44.6 x 28.7 cm. [ ]2, A2, *4, **4, ***2, ****2, *****2, †2, ††2 x1, B-G4, [¶]4, [¶¶]2, H-T4, U2; (a)-(f)4, Aa-Zz4, Aaa-Zzz4, Aaaa-Ffff4, Gggg2, Hhhh-Iiii4, Kkkk2.

“Dryden’s translation of Vergil” says Pope, (whose own translation of Homer was inspired by Dryden’s work) “is the most noble and spirited translation I know in any language.”

“The book was published by subscription, a system of joint-stock patronage now coming into vogue. Dryden’s correspondence with [his publisher] Tonson showed a good many bickerings during the publication.

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Wing V-616; Macdonald 33A; Wither to Prior #325; Malone I.1.313; See John Barnard “The Large- and Small-Paper Copies of Dryden’s The Works of Virgil (1697)” in “Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America” {Columbia, SC} 92, no. 3 (1998 Sept): p. 259-71.

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

$16,000.00

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

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)