Sale: 434 / Rare Books, Nov. 21./22. 2016 in Hamburg Lot 407

 
407
Pierre Belon
Les observations de plusieurs singularitez. 1554
Estimate:
€ 1,500 / $ 1,755
Sold:
€ 2,160 / $ 2.527

(incl. 20% surcharge)
Lot description
Belon, Pierre,
Les observations de plusieurs singularitez et choses memorables, trouvées en Grece, Asie, Iudée, Egypte, Arabie, & autres pays estranges. Reveuz de nouveau & augmentez de figures. Paris, B. Prevost für G. Corrozet und G. Cavellat 1554.

Zweite vermehrte Ausgabe, ein Jahr nach der Erstausgabe erschienen. "The French naturalist spent three years travelling in the Levant, from 1546 to 1549. His journey was inspired by a desire to see the plants and medicinal substances of which he had read, but his travels through Greece, Asia Minor, Egypt and the Holy Land resulted in observations more than merely botanical, in a most remarkable work which discusses the antiquities, custom, and manners of the countries Belon visited, as well as the natural history. His was the most documented account of the Levant which had appeared up to that time in French . Of importance is his description of Cairo after 30 years of Turkish occupation." (Blackmer) - Die schönen Holzschnitte zeigen überwiegend Pflanzen und Tiere sowie Kostüme und einige Pläne, erstmals in dieser Ausgabe mit Porträt des Verfassers und Ansicht des Berges Sinai. - Titel mit altem Besitzeintrag und kl. Wurmspur in der Bordüre, stellenw. mit alten Unterstreichungen, seitl. Schnitt mit kl. Tintenspur, Vorsätze erneuert (Titel daher mit Montierungsspur im Bundsteg), Insges. gutes und breitrandiges Exemplar.

EINBAND: Flex. Pgt. d. Zt. 4to. 12 nn., 211 num. Bll., 1 nn. Bl. - ILLUSTRATIONEN: Mit figürl. Holzschnitt-Titelbordüre, 43 Textholzschnitten, 1 gefalt. Holzschnitt-Tafel (Berg Sinai) sowie Holzschnitt-Druckermarken (wdh.) und zahlr. figürl. Initialen.

LITERATUR: Adams B 564. - Blackmer Coll. 115. - Nissen, Bot. 132 und Zool. 304.

Second enlarged edition of Belon's "Observations", a result of a three years travelling in the Levant, from 1546 to 1549. "Belon can be considered the originator of comparative anatomy. He was one of the first explorer-naturalists" (DSB). The third part dealing with Turkey only. With woodcut title-border, 43 woodcuts in text, folding woodcut plate, woodcut printer's devices and numerous fine (criblé-) initials. Contemp. flex. vellum. - Title with old ownership inscription and small wormtrace in the border, partly old faint underlining, edge with small ink stain, endpapers renewed (title with trace of mounting). Good copy with broad margins.

407
Pierre Belon
Les observations de plusieurs singularitez. 1554
Estimate:
€ 1,500 / $ 1,755
Sold:
€ 2,160 / $ 2.527

(incl. 20% surcharge)