Natuurlyke historie of uitvoerige beschryving van dieren, planten en mineraalen, volgens het samenstel van den heer Linnaeus. Met naauwkeurige afbeeldingen.
Amsterdam, F. Houttuyn and J. van der Burgh, 1761-1785, 37 volumes, pp. ca. 22.000, 296 engraved plates (mostly folding) by J.C. Philips and G. Philips, 8vo, trimmed, half calf with sprinkled boards, spines with raised bands, gilt-ruled decoration, lettered and decorated red labels (a few volumes with small defects on top spines). Fine set.
€ 9.000The Natuurlyke historie is a Dutch version of Linnaeus Systema naturae, edition 12, 1767, enlarged, amended and with plates. It is divided in three sections: I. Zoology in 18 volumes with 143 plates (mammals, vol. 1-3; birds, vol. 4-5; amphibians, vol. 6; fishes, vol. 7-8; insects, vol. 9-13; worms, snails, etc., vol. 14; molluscs, vol. 15-16; polypes, vol. 17-18), II. Botany in 14 volumes with 105 plates (palms, vol. 19; trees, vol. 20-21; shrubs, vol. 22-24; herbs, vol. 25-29; bulbs and tuberous plants, vol. 30; grasses, vol. 31; cryptogams, vol. 32), and III. Mineralogy in 5 volumes with 48 plates (fossils, stones and minerals, vol. 33-37). … An excellent example of this trend towards writing on science in the vernacular with a wide public in mind is provided by Maarten Houttuyn (1720-1798) and his elaborate Dutch 'version' of the twelfth edition of Linnaeus's Systema naturae, actually a wholly independent work, entitled Natuurlijke Historie … Houttuyn was a Dutch physician at Amsterdam with evidently as much leisure as enthusiasm for natural history. … The taxonomic part of the book is extremely detailed and contains a wealth of incidental information not brought together in this form elsewhere. The total botanical work contains some 8600 pages of text, 105 excellent copper plates illustrating 275 species of plants and the description of well over a hundred new species of plants. … (Frans A. Stafleu: Linnaeus and the Linnaeans pp. 174-176).
provenance: J. Lanjouw (book-plate).
* Hulth p. 8; Soulsby 73; Nissen BBI 940; Nissen ZBI 2011; Stafleu & Cowan 3080; Landwehr 82.