It was a salutary lesson for the Royal Society and made clear that the formidable intelligence of its scientific membership was no guarantee of sound business judgement. The debacle played out in the 17th century when the country's most prestigious scientific organisation ploughed its money into the lavishly illustrated Historia Piscium , or History of Fishes, by John Ray and Francis Willughby. Though groundbreaking in , the book flopped and nearly broke the bank, forcing the Royal Society to withdraw from its promise to finance the publication of Newton's Principia , one of the most important works in the history of science. Today, digital images from Historia Piscium, including a stunning engraving of a flying fish, are made available with more than a thousand others in a new online picture archive launched by the Royal Society.

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About this Item: Hardcover. First Edition. Quarto x , pp. Contemporary attractive full mottled calf. Spine with 5 raised bands. Gilt lettering. Other compartments with elaborately gilt decorations. All edges red. Binding slightly rubbed. Internally renewed with contemporary pastedowns front and endpapers.

As a strict follower of the Linnaean school he only paid attention to exterior characters. For example he seriously maitained that these animals possessed neither an internal nor an external ear.

We should note , however, that the anatomy he gives includes a myology rather new for the time Pietsch, His Historia Piscium, which is in Latin and in French, printed on opposite pages with separate numbering, was probably intended only as an introduction to a true general natural history of these animals. Engelmann, ; Pietsch, More information about this seller Contact this seller 5. Mit insgesamt 7 Kupferstichtafeln, 5 Bll.

Erste 1. Zwei Teile in einem Band. More information about this seller Contact this seller 6. Published by I. Aere, Florence From: Sanctuary Books, A. New York, NY, U. About this Item: I. Aere, Florence, Second edition. Contemporary unadorned boards; 4to x mm ; uncut, pp. Boards a bit dust-soiled; marginal repair to C4; marginal dampstain to plates, coming close to but not touching the engravings.

From the Warren H. Corning Collection of Horticultural Classics, with bookplate on inside front board.

Second edition of Colonna's "Phytobasanos sive plantarum aliquot historia" to which is added "Vita Fabii et Lynceorum notittia adnotationesque in Phytobasanon, Jano Planco Ariminensi Auctore. Seller Inventory LD More information about this seller Contact this seller 7. Quelques mouillures claires. Bon exemplaire de ce volume exceptionnel. More information about this seller Contact this seller 8. Condition: Good. Londini, C. Davis, Folio x mm , pp. Engraved head-pieces. Contemporary calf, gilt rules consisting of flower motifs on both covers, spine with raised bands and compartments with black armorial tooling old rebacking , red gilt-lettered label, outer turn-ins and all edges gilt.

Contemporary unobtrusive scholarly pencil annotations to text and plates, joints and corners slightly rubbed. Some of the plates bear contemporary letterpress cancel slips over their captions. A well preserved and attractive copy. A letter signed by John Van Voorst was found inside the copy. The Historia Piscium, although it bears only Willughby's name on the title page, is in large part the work of John Ray Both scholars had gathered the principal materials for their book on a journey to France, Germany and Italy from to Willughby described and dissected all sampled fish and Ray arranged them under classes and families.

As for species, the authors assembled not only those that they described from nature, amounting to , but also those including the drawings of Rondelet, Belon, Salviani, Gessner, Collaert, Piso, van Schonevelde von Schoenfeld and others, whose descriptions they interpolated with their own. The total number came to But Willughby and Ray occasionally failed to recognize that some species were identical to others taken from the preceding works, so there is some duplication Pietsch, New illustrations to their work are marked with a dagger.

The text of the first edition was printed at the expense of Bishop John Fell, while the plates were financed by several members of the Royal Society, particularly by the Society's president Samuel Pepys to whom the work is dedicated.

Each plate bears the name of the donor. More information about this seller Contact this seller 9. Bound in one cont. Wormholes to lower front board and back. Capitals defect, lacking leather. Corners bumped, extremities worn, but bdg. First t-p. Last leaf of index of the second work w. Internally very fine and clean, except for a later backstrip to the first and the second-last leaf. Numerous beautiful woodcut initials and vignettes.

Woodcut portrait of Rondelet in both volumes, woodcut illustration to second t-p, in all about woodcut illustrations of all aquatic animals, i. Scarce first edition.

This work is rarely seen complete, often index or illustration-leaves are missing. In Latin w. Greek text. The rare, influential first edition of this work of seminal character, likewise the first French work ever published on fish. A French edition was published, also in Lyon, in As professor of medicine and eager student of anatomy, G. Rondelet - was also the personal physician of Francois Cardand Tournon, whom he accompagnied on many trips to towns along the coast. Here he was able to make observations of interest to natural history, for example by studying whaling.

Despite its theoretical limitation, it laid the foundations for later ichthyological research and was the standard reference work for over a century. Rondelet was a very popular teacher both of anatomy and zoology , who had a great deal of influence on his students, among whom we find the two great zoologists Aldrovandi and Gesner.


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