2 RUMPHIUS, D'Amboinsche Rariteitkamer/ Virtual Book Fair 106


Description: A classical work on marine life

RUMPHIUS, Georg Everhard.
D'Amboinsche Rariteitkamer, behelzende eene Beschryvinge van aleerhande zoo weeke als harde schaalvisschen, te weeten raare Krabben, Krefften, en diergelyke Zeedieren, als mede allerhande Hoorntjes en Schulpen, die men in d'Amboinsche Zee vindt. Daar beneven zommigen Mineraalen, Gesteenten, en soorten van Aarde, die in d'Amboinsche en zommigen omleggende Eilanden gevonden worden.

Amsterdam, Jan Roman de Jonge, 1741. Folio. Contemporary half roan. Engraved frontispiece, engraved title, engraved portrait of the author, 60 full-page and 5 vignettes. (24), 340, (43) pp.

The book is a classical work on marine life, and is generally understood a forerunner of the modern marine biology, by its exact descriptions and ecological data. Next to marine beings it gives geological and mineralogical annotations of the Molucca Islands. Jörg Eberhardt (Georg Everhard) Rumph from Hanau (Germany) has been in the service of the Dutch East-India Company (VOC) and was settled on the isle of Ambon. He wrote about his observations and made drawings, but the greater part of his manuscripts and all his drawings got lost. He became blind in 1670, but worked on, by help of an assistant. Happily enough was part of his manuscripts copied. Rumphius became a member of the German 'Academia Naturae Curiosum' and was honourably named 'Plinius Indicus'. The plates have been used as models for other books, e.g., the starfish of plate XV in Diderot & d'Alemberts's Encyclopédie.
Fine, untrimmed copy.- (Covers some rubbing and scratches).
Nissen ZBI, 3519; Ruinen 26; Landwehr, VOC 591.
  • Number: 1060407 (23544)
  • Dealer: Speculum Orbis Nauticum