Zürich: Froschauer, 1554.
1st Edition. Soft cover. Folio - over 12 - 15" tall. Very Good. Item #003236
Two parts in one volume. Folio (380 x 244 mm). , 110, ; 27  pp. Signatures: *4 A-H6 I8, a6 b-c4. Separate title page and pagination for appendix, both titles with printer's woodcut device, woodcut initials, 41 woodcut illustrations in text (many full-page). Blank leaves *4 and I8 present. 19th century plain red paper wrappers, old faded paper label to spine (lower spine chipped, short tears to outer edges, some soiling, spotting and creasing of wrappers). First gathering and A3-6 detached. Text quite crisp and clean with only very little occasional spotting and dust soiling, several neat ink annotations and text marking in contemporary hand, leaf B1 slightly brown-stained, one short tear, very minor waterstaining at gutter of 9 leaves of appendix. Provenance: Jacques Laget (bookplate to inner front wrapper), old illegible signature on first title. A very good copy. ----
PMM 77, Horblit 39, Sparrow 83, Adams G-535; Nissen IVB 349 - First editions of the first 3 parts of Gesner's historia animalium, which was "the most authoritative zoological book between Aristotle and the publication of Ray's classification of fauna in 1693. ... it remained the standard reference book even as late as Linne " (PMM). - Visit our website to see more images!
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