Author Pallas, P. S. Dierkundig mengelwerk, in het welke de nieuwe of nog duistere zoorten van dieren door naauwkeurige afbeeldingen, beschryvingen en verhandelingen opgehelderd worden. In het Latyn beschreeven door den heer P. S. Pallas ... vertaald en met aanmerkingen voorzien door P. Boddaert M.D.
Published 1767-1770
Item ID 71809
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Utrecht, Abraham van Paddenburg en J. Van Schoonhoven, 1767-1770. 4to (27.5 x 22.0 cm). viii, 195, [ii] pp.; ten engraved plates. Contemporary half calf over speckled boards. Spine with five raised bands; gilt title. First Dutch translation of illustrated zoological works by the German naturalist and explorer Peter Simon Pallas (1741-1811). The translator, Pieter Boddaert (1730-1796) was a renowned naturalist and zoologist himself. He added many useful comments of his own. Dedicated to another leading Dutch naturalist, Job Baster (1711-1775). The following six chapters, each with an additional, dated, title and dedication leaf, make up the work: De Hartebokken in het algemeen beschouwd (1767; pp. 1-32; plates A-B); Twee uitlandsche vledermuizen (1768; pp. 1-38; plates I-IV); De zeerupsen (1769; pp. 1-35; one large, double-folded plate); De zeeduizendbeenen en zeepissebedden (1769; pp. 1-32; one plate); De groote zandkoker, een nieuwe zoort van tor, en eene verhandeling over de oost-indische buidelrat en miereneter (1770; pp. 1-30; one plate); Het geslacht der poulepeintades, de kuifhoenderen en gekuifde zeepapegaai (1770; pp. 1-28; one plate). A printed note, by Boddaert, tipped in below the last preface text, states that the original plates were unavailable, and new plates , based on the original drawings by Schouman, were made. Nissen claims that the fifth chapter should have two plates, but there is only one and in the text there is no reference to a second plate. Our copy entirely agrees with the description in Landwehr, except that Landwehr did not observe the additional printed and mounted footnote dealing with the plates source. Edges uncut. Boards and spine rather worn. Faint, semi-circular dampstain to the upper margin of the last leaves. Otherwise a very good, complete , clean and unmarked copy. Very Rare. Only one auction record in the last 70 years. Landwehr, 152; Nissen ZBI, 3072. The very rare Dutch translation, emended and augmented by Pieter Boddaert