Amsterdam, Groningen, Erven Houttuin and L. Huisingh, 1781. 4to (25.8 x 20.0 cm). Title page explanation, engraved title, printed title, dedication page, 372 pp.; three originally handcoloured plates. Early 19th-century floral-patterned half cloth over marbled boards. Spine with red morocco label with gilt title.
Rare and sought after monograph on the snakes, including adders, of Drenthe province in the northeastern part of the Netherlands. Text in two languages, Dutch and French, in parallel columns. Johannes Van Lier (1726-1799) was a Dutch tax-collector who published about natural history, history, and archaeology. He owned a large collection of rocks and minerals. A very good, clean copy on thick paper with wide margins, vivid colouring and crisp contents. Adler III, pp. 43-44; Crane Library, 1147; Nissen ZBI, 2509.