Amsterdam: Erven Houtuin, 1781. Quarto, uncoloured engraved half title, three handcoloured engraved plates. Contemporary (publisher's?) boards and red calf spine with all edges uncut and coloured, a superb copy contained in a modern Solander box.
Dutch and French text in parallel column. Johannes van Lier (1726-1799) was a wealthy Dutch politician and tax collector from Drenthe who formed a fine collection of archaeological, mineral and animal specimens. Van Lier produced a number of books but is best remembered for his handsome monograph on the European Adder.
BM(NH) p. 1113; Nissen 2509; Adler volume three, not in Wood.
Price: $4,500.00 AU