Amsterdam / Groningen: Erven Houtuin and L. Huisingh, 1781. Full Calf. First Edition of this rare monograph on snakes and vipers from the Eastern part of Holland, principally the province of Drenthe. Text, in Dutch and French, in parallel columns. Demy 4to (258 x 191mm): ,372 pp, with engraved additional title page with medallion portrait of the author by J. C. Philips after W. Veleman Groningen, and three finely hand-colored, full-page plates. (Some copies are uncolored.) Contemporary mottled calf, spine richly gilt in six compartments between raised bands with floral device in each, red leather lettering piece gilt, marbled edges. An exceptionally fine example, tightly bound, with very wide margins, and clean, crisp pages printed on heavy stock. Nissen ZBI I, 2509. BM (Natural History) III, p. 1113. Landwehr (Dutch Books with Coloured Plates) 113. Fine. Item #BB2158
Johannes van Lier was a politician, lawyer, tax collector, and deputy from Drenthe, with very wide-ranging interests:. he wrote treatises on history, archaeology, and natural history, among other subjects. N. B. With few exceptions (always identified), we only stock books in exceptional condition. All orders are packaged with care and posted promptly. Satisfaction guaranteed. (Fine Editions Ltd is a member of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, and we subscribe to its codes of ethics.).