Publisher Information: Amsterdam: Joannem Jacobi Fil. Schipper, 1657.
Jonston, John (1603-75). Historiae naturalis de quadrupedis [de avibus; de piscibus et cetis; de exsanguibus aquaticis; de insectis, de serpentibus et draconibus; de serpentibus]. 6 works in 2 volumes, folio. Pagination and plates as follows:
De quadrupedis: 164, pp., engraved title and 80 plates;
De avibus: , 160pp., engraved title and 62 plates;
De piscibus et cetis: , 160pp., engraved title and 48 plates;
De exsanguibus aquaticis: 58, pp., 20 plates
De insectis, de serpentibus et draconibus: , 148pp., , 148pp, engraved title and 28 plates; De serpentibus: 38pp., 12 plates.
Amsterdam: apud Joannem Jacobi Fil. Schipper, 1657. 374 x 230 mm. Calf. ca. 1657, rebacked and recornered in cloth, rear endpaper in first volume renewed, minor rubbing. Fore-edges a bit frayed, light toning and foxing, plate LIV in De quadrupedis replaced with a smaller copy presumably from another edition, tear in plate 45 of De avibus repaired. Good copy. Early owners’ inscriptions on the title of De quadrupedis: 1) [property of] the Benedictine Monastery of the Blessed Mary, congregation of St. Maur; 2) gift of Dom Docteur Pierre Jean Gentil, priest ; long inscription noting the exchange of this copy in 1716 for a manuscript on the history of the Old Testament, and the purchase of this copy by M. Chevillard in 1732. Bookplate.
Reissue of the first edition, which was published in Frankfurt in 1650-53. Jonston was a Polish scholar and physician descended from Scottish nobility. He received an extensive education while traveling in Germany, Great Britain and Holland, attending the universities at St. Andrews, Cambridge, Leiden and Frankfurt and obtaining medical degrees from both Cambridge and Leiden. “Jonston’s widespread education is reflected in his prolific and wide-ranging writings, which comprise natural history, medicine and miscellaneous works. Commentators on his books have tended to dismiss them as mere compilations, exhibiting more learning than judgment . . . But that Jonston’s works failed to reach the standard of critical organization set by some of his contemporaries should not overshadow the significant contribution his works made to the growing interest in natural history during the first half of the seventeenth century. For example, four of his dictionary-style works on fish, birds, quadrupeds and insects—published between 1650 and 1653 with excellent illustrations—were widely read and translated” (Dictionary of Scientific Biography). See Garrison-Morton.com 13025. Nissen, Zoologische Buchillustration, nos. 2131-2135.Book Id: 45482