Rare in such fine, beautiful hand-colouring

1130. [Zoology - Corals]

ELLIS, John

Natuurlyke historie van de koraal-gewassen en andere dergelyke zee-lighamen die men gemeenelyk vind op de kusten van Groot-Brittanien en Ierland benevens eene beschryving van een grooten zee-polyp [...].

The Hague, P. De Hondt, 1756

4to: [engr. front.]-xvi-118 pp.; 39 pl. (marg. soiling f. H3, light spotting).

Contemp. calf, gilt spine with 5 raised bands (binding with little shelfwear).

In this rare work John Ellis (1710-1776) makes a clear distinction between plants and animals and proves that corals and Bryozoa are animals. This Dutch ed., translated by Jan Tak, includes a hand-coloured front. of a beautiful marine scene and 39 hand-coloured engr., of which 5 fold. (not present in the original English ed.), showing the multiplication of corals. The other pl. depict chickweed, sea plants, corals and Cuff's microscope. The original hand-colouring is exceptionally well-done in this copy. Title in black and red.
Ref. Nissen (ZBI) 1281 (English ed.). - Landwehr (Dutch books col. pl.) 57. - STCN.

€ 1.500 / 1.800

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