Historia naturae, maxime peregrinae, libris XVI In quibus rarissima naturae arcana, etiam astronomica, e ignota Indiarum animalia, quadrupedes, aves, pisces, reptilia, insecta, zoophyta, plantae, metalla, lapides, e alia mineralia, fluviorumque & elementorum conditiones, etiam cum proprietatibus medicinalibus, describuntur. In quibus rarissima naturae arcana, etiam astronomica, e ignota Indiarum animalia, quadrupedes, aves, pisces, reptilia, insecta, zoophyta, plantae, metalla, lapides, & alia mineralia, fluviorumque & elementorum conditiones, etiam cum proprietatibus medicinalibus, describuntur. Ioannis, Eusebii
Nierembergii. Antverpiae, ex Officina Plantiniana Balthazar Moretus, 1635.
Folio, mm.354 x 220 , Full stiff vellum binding, title written on the spine; pp. 8, 502, 104 pp. 1 leaf bl.; Red and black title page printed on two columns, Plantin Printer’s mak at the beginning and end of the vol.; many animal,plant and mineral woodcuts.
Good copy with wide margins in its original binding, some browning due to the quality of paper and ink.
Original edition of the first book of Natural History devoted to the fauna and flora of the New World and considered the first American natural history. In particular on some plant and animal species it was the first to offer a scientific description, beyond the often anecdotal observations preceding. Many previously unknown species are described here for the first time. Important is the iconographic apparatus consisting of 69 wood engravings, 15 representing 54 species of animals and plants, represented here for the first time. There are, among others, dodges, iguanas, rattlesnake, etc. Interesting description of minerals and metals. The work is also an important linguistic source for the nahuatl language of the Aztecs. Nieremberg was an illustrious Jesuit, a professor of natural history in Madrid.
Sommervogel, V, 1736. Nissen, Zool. Buchillustration, 2974; Colmeiro, La botanica Hispano – Lusitana, 263 bis; Sabin, 55268
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