Historia simplicium reformata, Musei Museorum titulo antehâc in Vernaculâ edita... Accedit India Literata.
Francofurti ad Moenum, Officina Zunneriana, 1716. Folio (350 x 215mm). 2 parts bound in one. pp. (26), 664, (16), engraved title-vignette and 30 (some double page) engraved plates. Contemporary vellum, spine with gilt lettered label, Cancell MartisB 1716 with gilt lettering on front-cover.
First edition. An abridged Latin edition of his famous 'Museum Museorum, oder vollständige Schau-Bühne aller Materialien und Specereyen'. Translated by Johann Conrad Becker and edited by Christoph Vern. Valentini (the author's son). Valentini's 'Museum of museums', is a comprehensive survey of European Wunder-Kunst- & Schatzkammern and the most valuable contribution to Wunderkammer studies. Valentini was the personal physician to the Margrave of Assia and professor of experimental science and medicine. The second part of the present work has the following title: 'India Literata, seu dissertationes epistolicae de Plantis, Arboribus, Gemmis aliisque rarioribus?. Ab Europaeis curiosis et eruditis, Cleyero, Rumphio, Herberto de Jager, ten Rhyne, Kaempfero aliisque in India reciprocatae?' and is a compilation from Rumph, Kaempfer, Ten Rhyn and others on the rarities, mostly botanical, of the East Indies. A very fine and beautifully bound copy of this rare work. Provenance: Bookplate of Bibliotheca Pharmacia JMH van de Sande. Nissen BBI, 2036.
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