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Icones Lignorum exoticorum et nostratium by Martinus Houttuyn - 1st - 1773 - from Florilegius (SKU: Flo170)

Icones Lignorum exoticorum et nostratium

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Icones Lignorum exoticorum et nostratium: A Representation of Inland and Foreign Wood

by Martinus Houttuyn

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A beautiful guide to the identification of woods by their grains and colours, a "Cabinet of Wood."

With 66 fine hand-coloured engraved plates depicting over 550 types of European and exotic woods from India, China and America in cross section, each with a page of wood names in Dutch, German, French, English and Latin.

The title page states that the book was meant "for natural history lovers and keepers of cabinets of natural curiosities."

The book was issued in parts from 1773 and thus the number of plates varies from 24 (Royal Botanic Gardens Kew) to 66 (here). The final 1791 edition had a different title and 106 plates, including a 40-plate supplement.

Jan Christiaan Sepp (1739-1811) was the son of the German instrument maker and cartographer Christiaan Sepp. J.C. Sepp established himself as a bookseller and publisher specializing in natural history.

Martinus Houttuyn (1720-1798), born in Hoorn, studied medicine in Leiden and moved to Amsterdam in 1753. Houttuyn published his own natural history books and also collaborated with Sepp and others.

Condition: Half morocco with gilt decoration and leather label on spine, both hinges starting, marble boards scuffed, endpapers spotted. Binding has been treated with a protective lacquer. Bottom 4cm cut from German title page, interior bright and fresh with crisp engravings and delicate hand-colour.


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Icones Lignorum exoticorum et nostratium
Martinus Houttuyn
Jan Christiaan Sepp
Half morocco, leather label on spine, marble boards
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Used - Very Good
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Jan Christiaan Sepp
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Date Published
4to, 28 x 23
Houttuyn, Icones Lignorum, wood, timber, handcoloured, copperplate engraving, cabinet of curiosities
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4to, 28 x 23

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Tokyo-based bookseller specializing in European illustrated books from the 18th to 19th century, mainly botanical, zoological, costume and history. Also Japanese ukiyo-e and woodblock botanicals, flower arrangement, etc.


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