Guillaume Rondelet - L'Histoire entière des poissons - 1558

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Guillaume Rondelet - L'Histoire entière des poissons - 1558
ichthyology - Quantity: 1 - Book

RONDELET (Guillaume)
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. 

Lot details
Object
Book
Number of Books
1
Subject
ichthyology
Author/ Illustrator
Guillaume Rondelet
Book Title
L'Histoire entière des poissons
Condition
Good
Publication year oldest item
1558
Edition
1st Edition
Language
French
Original language
No
Number of pages
621
Dimensions
29.5×20 cm
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