The Historiae Naturalis by Johannes Jonstonus (1603-1675) represents one of the most outstanding efforts in human history to delve into that wonderful and so many times 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 magnum opus by one of the greatest naturalists of all time. A 5-star rating in the entire Great Library!
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 editorial projects that can be undertaken in the field of facsimile, by publishing the only complete color version of all volumes. To do this, we started with the only original existing volume in color (De Avibus) and with a complex and laborious work of digitizing the color used in that volume, as well as in other works that have come to us colored from the 17th century, color was created in the plates of the rest of the volumes of the Historiae Naturalis, thus making it the only complete color collection of the work of Johannes Jonstonus, only available through this exclusive edition.
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’s not to mention Japan, a country in which the Historiae 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 volumes in golden format. The complete work represents a spectacular set of engravings (almost 400 plates) that illustrates one of the most extensive compilations of natural sciences in history.
The complete facsimile work, as well as the individual volumes, can be purchased on our website. This article is EXCLUSIVELY about a SINGLE lot corresponding to the volume “De Insectis” and which is made up of the facsimile of the 1653 edition and an original of 1657. In this way it has the volume “Historiae Naturalis de Insectis” in the version Modern in color, albeit a facsimile of a 1653 volume, and an original of the 1657 reference edition, in which Jonstonus makes some modifications and updates.
“De Insectis” is a delightful volume dedicated to the fascinating world of entomology. The extraordinary taxonomic work carried out by Johannes Jonstonus is evident in this treatise as well as in his entire work.
Lot consisting of:
Facsimile copy made in 2010 of the original printed in 1653, in black and white, bound in golden format in dry-carved leather, spine ribs, tejuelo, in the purest artisan style, format 24 x 38.5 cm. 272 pages on excellent aged laid paper, conveying the sensation of holding the original in your hands, with 28 copper plates on which a multitude of butterflies, dragonflies and striking insects are represented, colored for this exclusive collection.
In the deluxe facsimile editions, complementary studies are usually accompanied by the facsimiles of books. In this case, the publisher has not yet edited it. When available we will send it to you at no additional cost.
Facsimile edition limited to 898 numbered copies with notarial act. The specimen that makes up this exclusive batch has record number 657, the same number as the year of the edition of the original specimen that makes up this exclusive batch, and is in perfect condition, brand new.
The second volume that makes up this exclusive and unique lot is an original from 1657 corresponding to the Historiae naturalis de insectis libri III. Published in Amsterdam, apud Ioannem Iacobi Fil. Schipper, 1657.
Bound in vintage parchment in golden format, format 24.5 x 38.5 cm (23.5 x 37 cm sheets), 216 pages in total, including front and 28 intaglio plates in black and white with innumerable figures. Beautiful intaglio cover restored in the margins, like the next two sheets (without affecting the text). The beautiful plates were drawn and engraved by Caspar and Matthäus Merian jr., And reproduce butterflies, caterpillars, bees, bumblebees, beetles, snakes and mythical creatures shaped like a dragon.
Exemplary in very good condition for more than 360 years.
Both books are presented in an exclusive handmade, book-type case, where you can keep them for another 300 years. Made of leather on the outside and fabric on the inside, format 28.5 x 40.5 x 8 cm. Nerve spine with title and borders in gold.
Ideal specimen for any Entomology Society or Association, unique and exclusive in this original presentation. It is also the ideal gift for any self-respecting bibliophile and entomologist.
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