Herbiopoli: Sumptibus Viduæ & Hæredum J.G. Schönwetteri, 1662. Parchment. Half-title, engraved frontispiece, sheets of woodcuts and folding plates.
Good (laid) paper, some sporadic stains (especially foxing) but mostly clean sheets. Some small sporadic gaps. First and last sheets with somewhat worn edges. Original antique parchment binding with signs of wear and semi-detached spine.
Curious work of the authors Albert Curtz and Gaspar Schott, the latter famous for works such as Magia universalis naturæ et artis or Physica curiosa, a compendium of strange animals, anomalous beings and monsters with 58 plates of chalcographic engravings, where he depicts all kinds of fantastic beings next to real animals that were exotic in those days, such as elephants, giraffes, rhinos or opossums, among many others.
Schott is best known for his work on hydraulic and mechanical instruments. His treatise on ‘chronometric wonders’ is the first work to describe a universal joint and provides the classification of gear teeth.
21 x 17,5 cm
, 464, , . Good. Item #29