Author Bradley, R. Wysgeerige verhandeling van den werken der natuure. Waar in de verscheide trapswyze opklimmingen, in de byzondere deelen der scheppinge, als mynstoffen, plantgewassen en dieren aangetoond worden ... door Richard Bradley ... Met veele afbeeldingen opgehelderd. Na den tweeden druk uit het Engelsch vertaald.
Published 1744
Item ID 69022
Amsterdam, Isaak Tirion, 1744. 8vo (20.1 x 12.3 cm). Title in red and black. [vi], 330 pp., 29 finely hand-coloured engraved plates. Contemporary full tree calf. Spine richly gilted with ornamental bands and vignettes, and red morocco label with gilt title. Boards with gilt floral borders and dentelles. Marbled endpapers. A very rare contemporarily hand-coloured edition of the first Dutch translation of A Philosophical Account of the Works of Nature by Richard Bradley (1668-1732), first published in 1721. This edition is a translation of the second (1739) edition. The plate numbering is I-XVII, XX-XXXI; plate numbers XVIII and XIX were not used. Bookplate of Waldemar Schwalbe on the front pastedown. No other markings. We could not trace any hand-coloured copy coming to auction in the last 50 years. The text and plates clean, the binding with only the lightest shelf wear at the joints. A near mint copy. Contemporarily hand-coloured copies must be exceedingly rare. Cat. BM(NH) I, p. 220 (the first, British edition). Neither in Landwehr nor in Nissen. Exceedingly rare, in an original hand-coloured edition