A rare, beautifully hand-coloured copy

Ellis, J.

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, In den zomer van 't jaar 1753 by den Noord-Pool door de walvis-vangers gevonden. Uit het engels vertaald door Jan Tak.

Published 1756
Item ID 37423

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's Gravenhage [The Hague], Pieter de Hondt, 1756. 4to (27.6 x 21.5 cm). xvi, 118 pp.; with a hand-coloured engraved frontispiece of a beautiful marine scene, a black and red printed title page, and 39 hand-coloured engraved plates. Contemporary calf binding, spine with raised bands and gilt floral motifs. Red speckled edges.

Rare in this splendid contemporary hand-coloured state. In this work Ellis makes a clear distinction between plants and animals and proves that corals and Bryozoa are animals. This Dutch edition includes plate 38 (not present in the original English version), showing the multiplication of corals. The other plates depict chickweed, sea plants, corals and Cuff's microscope. Three pages of text with a small brown spot, binding with a little shelfwear, otherwise a fine copy in a very nice original binding. Cat. BM(NH) II, p. 523; Nissen ZBI, 1281.

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