L'Histoire entière des poissons.
Lyon, Macé Bonhomme, 1558; 2 parts bound in a single volume - First edition in French
17th century binding in full brown leather (small defects), golden title on the spine, golden fillets, removable transparent protection, old ex-libris glued to the front cover, 29.5 x 20 cm, ff 3 blank, 6 n.ch. 418 pp. (page 272 is numbered 275, but the book is complete: the "actual" p. 275 is also there) - 7 ff.n.ch. 2 ff.n.ch. 181 pp. - 4 ff.n.ch. 1 pp.n.ch. Many high-quality woodcuts, initial letters and decorated friezes.
It is the most complete ichthyological catalogue of its time. The original Latin edition was always printed by Macé Bonhomme in 1554-1555. According to Brunet, both editions are "also remarkable for the beautifully made woodcuts".
The author of this book is Guillaume Rondelet (1507 - 1566), originally from Montpellier. A friend of Rabelais and a great doctor, he remained for more than a century the absolute reference when it comes to ichthyology.
Very good copy, complete, clean, despite a little worm damage in the margins on a few pages, not affecting the text (see photos).
Nissen, Die Zoologische Buchillustration n° 3475 - Brunet IV, 1373 - Baudrier, X, 259 - Casey Albert Wood, Fishes, p. 541 - Laurent Pinon, Livres de zoologie de la Renaissance, No.20.
- Number of Books
- Author/ Illustrator
- Guillaume Rondelet
- Book Title
- L'Histoire entière des poissons
- Publication year oldest item
- 1st Edition
- Original language
- Number of pages
- 29.5×20 cm