Historiae Naturalis de Piscibus et Cetis, by Johannes Jonstonus, 1649 (5*)


Historiae Naturalis de Piscibus et Cetis, 1649: Curious and beautiful treatise on the underwater world. The underwater world, or the world of silence, parades solemnly and seductively through the precious plates of this volume.

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The Historia Naturalis by Johannes Jonstonus (1603-1675) represents one of the most outstanding efforts in human history to delve into that wonderful and often mysterious world of Nature, and to collect all the vast and scattered knowledge that has been gathered for centuries. they had reported on this matter. It is the last great encyclopedic work of the Renaissance, a magna by one of the greatest naturalists of all time.

The facsimile edition that the Siloé publishing house has carried out since 2003 of the seven splendid volumes of this Historiae Naturalis constitutes one of the most ambitious publishing projects that can be undertaken in the field of facsimile, the only work in color. Tribute to its author, Johannes Jonstonus, one of the most important figures in the natural sciences in Europe, on the 400th anniversary of his birth.

The enormous importance of this beautiful collection is attested by the fact that for almost 200 years it was a must-see in many of the most prestigious Central European universities of the time, especially in the German ones. And that is not to mention Japan, a country in which the Historia Naturalis de Jonstonus not only “triumphs” and spreads, but also becomes the only source for the knowledge of the development of this science, Natural History, in West.

The collection is made up of 6 works in 7 extraordinary facsimile volumes, bound by hand in dry-carved leather, tejuelo, ribs, with individual book cases per volume, in a limited edition of 898 numbered copies with notarial deed. Some of them are accompanied by study books that include the first Spanish version of the original Latin text and essays on the content of the work. The complete work represents an extraordinary set of engravings (almost 400 plates) that illustrates one of the most extensive compilations of natural sciences in history.

The complete work can also be purchased right here but in this article we ONLY offer the volume “Historiae Naturalis de Piscibus et Cetis”. At the moment, the study book has not been published by the publisher. If you edit it and as soon as it is available we will send it to you at no additional cost.

Historiae Naturalis de Piscibus et Cetis, 1649:
Curious and beautiful treatise on the underwater world. The underwater world, or world of silence, solemn and seductive parades through the precious plates in this volume. The powerful artistic touch of Matthäus Merian, the young man, endows all these pages with overwhelming beauty. A whole festival of marine shapes and colors.

Original printed in 1649. 314 pages of 380 x 220 mm, and 47 copper plates in which more than 500 fish and cetaceans are represented, colored for this exclusive collection.

Facsimile bound in leather, spine, ribs, in the purest artisan style, dry carved, gold format 23.5 x 38.4 cm. 230 pages plus 47 color plates out of text, on excellent aged laid paper, conveying the sensation of holding the original in your hands. Presented in a beautiful vintage book case made by hand in leather and with handmade water paper on both planes, format 24 x 39.3 x 5 cm.

Facsimile edition made in 2008 and limited to 898 numbered copies with notarial deed.

Exemplary in perfect condition.

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