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Frontispiece from Johannes Jonstonus (1603-1675) - "Historiae naturalis de quadrupedibus libri" - 1650

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Frontispiece from Johannes Jonstonus (1603-1675) - "Historiae naturalis de quadrupedibus libri" - 1650

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Engraved on copper by Math. Merian the younger, beautiful frontispiece depicting and lion and two centaurs

Condition: Very good

cm 35x21, frontispiece engraved by Mathias Merian the younger (1621-1687), who is also the publisher, of vol. I of the first edition of the important work on animals by Jonston, which consists of 6 parts:
"De quadrupedibus - De exanguibus aquatis - De piscibus et cetis - De avibus - De insectis - De Serpentibus". Copy on laid paper with watermark, in good condition (see photos).
Cfr. Library of British Museum,I, p. 942 - Nissen,ZBI,2131 - Ceresoli, p. 311 - Krivatsy,6256.
The image depicts two centaurs holding a lion skin with imprint under an architectural vault with an elephant, a lion and another animal (possibly a llama) on the backdrop.

"I libri di storia naturale di John Jonston (1603-75), medico e naturalista di origine scozzese, costituiscono un importante documento sulle cognizioni zoologiche del sec. XVII e hanno all'incirca lo stesso carattere delle opere di Gesner." Cosi' Diz. Treccani,VI, p. 31

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