Frankfurt am Main: Zunner, 1704.
1st Edition. Hardcover. Folio - over 12 - 15" tall. Very Good. Item #002146
3 Parts and 4 Supplements in 1 volume (all published). Frankfurt am Main: Zunner, 1704-1714. Folio (374 x 235 mm). , 520; , 76; , 119 ,  pp.; , 196; 116 pp.; , 228 [i.e. 236],  pp. With half titles and 2 additional engraved title-pages, woodcut initials, head- and tailpieces, 98 engraved plates (including 3 folding and 31 double page), several copper engravings and a few (1 full size) woodcuts within text. Plates 37 and 38 printed on a single double-page sheet. Contemporary German pigskin over wooden boards with two intact, elaborate brass catches and clasps (little wear and soiling to boards and spine, corners somewhat scuffed). Internally somewhat browned (few text leaves and most plates stronger), some scattered brown spotting, first leaves somewhat frayed at fore-margin, creasing to few pages, engraved title to vol. II with repaired tear at upper corner (little loss of image), letterpress title of vol. II trimmed close affecting two letters at fore-margin, closed tear to plate II without loss, a few closed tears with old repairs elsewhere, mispaginations corrected in pencil. Provenance: Erich Walthert (bookplate to front pastedown). ----
Nissen BBI 2035 u. ZBI 4217; Pritzel 9663; Ferguson II, 493ff.; Sabin 98357; Alden-Landis 704, Cole 1258. FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE OF ALL PARTS. One of the great illustrated works of the baroque era. VALENTINI'S "MUSEUM OF MUSEUMS" IS ONE THE GREAT ILLUSTRATED WORKS OF THE BAROQUE ERA, AN INEXHAUSTIBLE REPERTORIUM OF ALL "FOREIGN" PRODUCTS OF THE LATE SEVENTEENTH-CENTURY, REFERENCING ALL KNOWN CABINETS OF CURIOSITIES: the first part illustrates plants (including American specimens), flowers, herbs, trees, many of which were used in medicine. There are sections on tobacco, coffee, tea, cocoa, sugar, cotton, silk, minerals, metals, and animal husbandry; the second part treats geological specimens, jewels, fossils, coins, shells, tropical plants, monsters, unicorns and other mythological creatures; the third part is dedicated to natural history and physics, with descriptions of Boyle's Air Pump; acoustic and optical apparatuses; Lana's Airship (with suggestions for other aeronautical machines); a chapter on the Divining-Rod; the lodestone; the threshing machine, etc. There are two appendices, one of which features a list of 159 museums (called "Kunst- und Naturalien-Kammern"), including those in America and Asia.
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