Paris: Carolum Stephanum, 1553. First Edition. Vellum. Very Good. Item #46199
Oblong 8vo [111 x 170 mm]. [xxxii], 448 pp. 187 woodcut illustrations. Contemporary limp vellum, a little toned but overall clean and bright, with ink title to spine head. Spine head with early restoration to correct a large chip. Bookplate to front pastedown; small stamp of former owner 'Library of Robert(?) Rofen' in the lower margin of the front endpaper recto, with previous owner's signature on the title page, dated 1555. Title page with neat repair along the bottom edge. Occasional spotting throughout, but overall, a very clean and nice copy with wide margins. First Latin edition of this rare book by one of the founders of modern ichthyology, French naturalist and explorer Pierre Belon (1517-1564). "In his De Aquatilibus, Belon provided drawings of 110 species of fishes, including 22 cartilaginous species and 17 freshwater species; and he discussed some 20 other species for which he gives no drawings." (Cuvier, p.42). Some of the woodcut illustrations are small, some are full page, including the famous mythical sea monk illustration, and illustrations of various fishes, a turtle, crocodiles, hippo, whales, lobsters, oysters and sting rays.
Price (CAD): $8,200.00