Desnos edition of Jonston's highly important work as a continuation of Maria Sybilla Merian's 'Histoire des Insectes de Surinam'.
The volume is labelled 'Histoire Generale des Insectes, Tom I'. First part is Maria Sybilla Merian's Desnos' edition of the Insects of Surinam without any plates. Some text pages are cutted with text loss, some leaves are loose. Second section is the Desnos edition of Jonston's work, includes plates 1-62, copies of those executed by Kaspar and Matthäus Merian for the 1650 Latin edition. The third section, describing birds in the 'Menagerie Royale', contains plates I-XXIII, engraved by Nicolas Robert. The entire set contains 62 by Jonston and 23 plates by Robert. Fine copy, plates in sharp and dark impressions. Jonston and Robert part is complete in text and plates. Sitwell called this edition 'A very rare book' in his publication 'Fine Bird Books' from 1990.
First part has no plates left, some text pages are cut and loose. Second and third part (Jonston and Robert) is complete and in fine condition. Plates have dark and sharp impression.
John Johnston, a naturalist, was born at Sambter, in Great Poland, in 1603, and educated there, and at the university of St. Andrew's, at Leyden, and at Cambridge. He undertook the education of the two sons of the count de Kurtzbach, and accompanied them to Holland. While he resided with his pupils at Leyden, he took his degree as doctor of physics; and when he went a third time to England, the same honour was conferred on him by the university of Cambridge. He died in 1675. He published, Thaumatographia Naturalis in Classes decem divisa; Historia Naturalis de Piscibus et Cetis, &c.; Historia Naturalis de Quadrupedibus; Historia Naturalis de Insectibus; Historia Naturalis de Avibus; Syntagma Dendrologicum; and, Dendrographia. He published also some historical works, and some on ethics. (Rose, H.J.: A new general biographical dictionary, 1853)
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