Merian & Jonston 1650-7.

 

John Johnston ( Jonston, Jonstone or Johnstone, 1603-1675) was a descendant of a Scottish family. Born in Sambter, Poland, he studied extensively at the famous universities of the day, including St. Andrews, Scotland, Cambridge & Leiden. In 1622 Jonston studied at several centres in Prussia, after that, he visited England and Scotland (collecting already in 1623 valuable information about some British species). After travelling around Germany, France, Italy and Holland, he came back to Britain, to study in Cambridge and London. Afterwards, he graduated in Medicine in Leyden, Dutch city in which he was offered the Medicine chair at University and where he published his first works. Several years later, he was offer the same chair at the electorate of Brandenburg, preferring, however, to continue studying in private and develop his masterpiece: the Historia Naturalis, which would be published for the first time in Frankfurt am Main between 1649 and 1653.The second edition of the work, including trees and plants, would be released in Amsterdam between 1657 and 1663. After many years traveling in Europe, he settled in Silesia.
Merian, was a long  lineage of printers, artists  and superb engravers. Matthaeus Merian senior (1593 – 1650) was the printer and father of the Matthaeus Merian brothers junior (1621 - 1687), Kaspar Merian (1627) and their sister María Sibylla Merian (1647 - 1717), the latter from his second marriage to a Dutch woman. Sibylla was firstly an entomologist and a great draftswoman, painter and engraver of plants and insects her work is in the botanical section . However, the most hard working artist of the family was Matthaeus Merian junior, to whom Jonston’s most famous copper engravings have been attributed. More than one plate of this encyclopaedia has the signature Matthaeus Merian Junior Fecit

Jonstone  domesticated animals at Farm 3 plus , birds , marine life , fish, reptiles + amphibiainsects  etc ** These are all sold as issued uncoloured and could be tinted by their new owners if wished but I sell 'as is' because many of our items also go to libraries to repair damaged books. They are thus way cheaper than copies where the seller has paid for a pricey tint **




Pygargus, Weiss Zars
Printed by the heirs of Math: Merian, 1650-1653  for John Jonston,  (1603-1675)-Merian- pre 1655  from 'Historiae naturalis de quadrupetibus libri.' Folio (32.6 x 19.4 cm) one of  249 engraved plates and six engraved title pages. The second edtion in 1657 reversed the images and altered the paper making it one of the few books where the first edition is obvious and for some reason much scarcer .   £85 ea inc delivery Perfect page mounted/matted . Image is of inferior copy





Gazella Gazelle , Cervo Camelae camel , Capreolus Moschi Bisemthier Musk deer
Printed by the heirs of Math: Merian, 1650-1653  for John Jonston,  (1603-1675)-Merian- pre 1655  from 'Historiae naturalis de quadrupetibus libri.' Folio (32.6 x 19.4 cm) one of  249 engraved plates and six engraved title pages. The second edtion in 1657 reversed the images and altered the paper making it one of the few books where the first edition is obvious and for some reason much scarcer .   £85 ea inc delivery Perfect page mounted/matted . Image is of inferior copy





Capreolus, Rehe [Chamois, deer], Capreolus Marinus [deer], Capra [goat]
Printed by the heirs of Math: Merian, 1650-1653  for John Jonston,  (1603-1675)-Merian- pre 1655  from 'Historiae naturalis de quadrupetibus libri.' Folio (32.6 x 19.4 cm) one of  249 engraved plates and six engraved title pages. The second edtion in 1657 reversed the images and altered the paper making it one of the few books where the first edition is obvious and for some reason much scarcer .   £85 ea inc delivery Perfect page mounted/matted . Image is of inferior copy



Ibex, Steinbock (Ibex) - Capra Lybica (Goat species) - Flirus (Sheep or goat species).
Printed by the heirs of Math: Merian, 1650-1653  for John Jonston,  (1603-1675)-Merian- pre 1655  from 'Historiae naturalis de quadrupetibus libri.' Folio (32.6 x 19.4 cm) one of  249 engraved plates and six engraved title pages. The second edtion in 1657 reversed the images and altered the paper making it one of the few books where the first edition is obvious and for some reason much scarcer .   £85 ea inc delivery Perfect page mounted/matted . Image is of the other edition animals face the opposite way




Tab XX : Various birds and bats; Caprimulgus, Geismelker (Nightjar) - Nycticorax (Night Heron) - Vespertilio, Fledermaus (Vesper bat species, Evening bats, common bats).

  Printed by the heirs of Math: Merian, 1650-1653  for John Jonston,  (1603-1675)-Merian- pre 1655  from the first edition of Historia Naturalis de Piscibus et Cetis, Libri V, published in 1657 Folio (32.6 x 19.4 cm) one of  249 engraved plates and six engraved title pages. The second edition published in Amsterdam  reversed the images  and text and altered the paper making it one of the few books where the first edition is obvious and for some reason much scarcer .   £55 ea inc delivery scarcer plate full page.

Merian seems to have used a very soft rag paper which all wildlife adore so left with defects rather than mess with it . According to my restorer it would clean unlike his earlier laid paper which would dissolve !




Mus alpinæ, Marmota Murmelthier; Sciurus Getulus; Glis Aldr.; Mus Indicæ
  Printed by the heirs of Math: Merian, 1650-1653  for John Jonston,  (1603-1675)-Merian- pre 1655  from 'Historiae naturalis de quadrupetibus libri.' Folio (32.6 x 19.4 cm) one of  249 engraved plates and six engraved title pages. The second edtion in 1657published in Amsterdam  reversed the images and altered the paper making it one of the few books where the first edition is obvious and for some reason much scarcer . Many of these have edge of page loss esp to one corner  due to age and the paper being especially tasty to wildlife  so they will be shown on a darker background   £65 ea inc delivery corner loss





Mures, Meuse; Glires, Ratten; Scirus, Eichhorn; Mus avellanarius, Haselmaus; Nulmaus; Talpa, Molckworff
Printed by the heirs of Math: Merian, 1650-1653  for John Jonston,  (1603-1675)-Merian- pre 1655  from 'Historiae naturalis de quadrupetibus libri.' Folio (32.6 x 19.4 cm) one of  249 engraved plates and six engraved title pages. The second edtion in 1657 reversed the images and altered the paper making it one of the few books where the first edition is obvious and for some reason much scarcer . Many of these have edge of page loss esp to one corner  due to age and the paper being especially tasty to wildlife  so they will be shown on a darker background   £65 ea inc delivery crease at base




Pygargus, Weiss Zars
Printed by the heirs of Math: Merian, 1650-1653  for John Jonston,  (1603-1675)-Merian- pre 1655  from 'Historiae naturalis de quadrupetibus libri.' Folio (32.6 x 19.4 cm) one of  249 engraved plates and six engraved title pages. The second edtion in 1657 reversed the images and altered the paper making it one of the few books where the first edition is obvious and for some reason much scarcer . Many of these have edge of page loss esp to one corner  due to age and the paper being especially tasty to wildlife  so they will be shown full page on a darker background   £55 ea inc delivery loss at base




Rosmarus - Wallrofs Seal walrus etc
Printed by the heirs of Math: Merian, 1650-1653  for John Jonston,  (1603-1675)-Merian- pre 1655  from 'Historiae naturalis de quadrupetibus libri.' Folio (32.6 x 19.4 cm) one of  249 engraved plates and six engraved title pages. The second edtion in 1657 reversed the images and altered the paper making it one of the few books where the first edition is obvious and for some reason much scarcer . Many of these have edge of page loss esp to one corner  due to age and the paper being especially tasty to wildlife  so they will be shown full page on a darker background   £65 ea inc delivery




Felis Sÿlvestris, Wilde Katz; Felis Domestica, Zahme Katz; Felis Zibetti, Zibet
Printed by the heirs of Math: Merian, 1650-1653  for John Jonston,  (1603-1675)-Merian- pre 1655  from 'Historiae naturalis de quadrupetibus libri.' Folio (32.6 x 19.4 cm) one of  249 engraved plates and six engraved title pages. The second edtion in 1657 reversed the images and altered the paper making it one of the few books where the first edition is obvious and for some reason much scarcer . Many of these have edge of page loss esp to one corner  due to age and the paper being especially tasty to wildlife  so they will be shown full page on a darker background   £65 ea inc delivery




Cerva, Hinde; Colopus; Rupicapra, Gems
  Printed by the heirs of Math: Merian, 1650-1653  for John Jonston,  (1603-1675)-Merian- pre 1655  from 'Historiae naturalis de quadrupetibus libri.' Folio (32.6 x 19.4 cm) one of  249 engraved plates and six engraved title pages. The second edtion in 1657 reversed the images and altered the paper making it one of the few books where the first edition is obvious and for some reason much scarcer . Many of these have edge of page loss esp to one corner  due to age and the paper being especially tasty to wildlife  so they will be shown full page on a darker background   £45 ea inc delivery  corner loss


 
Sloth,Armadillo,Tamandua
  Printed by the heirs of Math: Merian, 1650-1653  for John Jonston,  (1603-1675)-Merian- pre 1655  from 'Historiae naturalis de quadrupetibus libri.' Folio (32.6 x 19.4 cm) one of  249 engraved plates and six engraved title pages. The second edtion in 1657 reversed the images and altered the paper making it one of the few books where the first edition is obvious and for some reason much scarcer . Many of these have edge of page loss esp to one corner  due to age and the paper being especially tasty to wildlife  so they will be shown full page on a darker background   £65 ea inc delivery


 

Carigueÿa; Aperea Cuniculi Specie, Veldratte; Cavia Cobaÿa Cunic, Brasil

Printed by the heirs of Math: Merian, 1650-1653  for John Jonston,  (1603-1675)-Merian- pre 1655  from 'Historiae naturalis de quadrupetibus libri.' Folio (32.6 x 19.4 cm) one of  249 engraved plates and six engraved title pages. The second edtion in 1657 reversed the images and altered the paper making it one of the few books where the first edition is obvious and for some reason much scarcer . Many of these have edge of page loss esp to one corner  due to age and the paper being especially tasty to wildlife  so they will be shown full page on a darker background   £55 ea inc delivery corner fold


 

Dolphins and Sea Monsters the most desirable plate !
  Printed by the heirs of Math: Merian, 1650-1653  for John Jonston,  (1603-1675)-Merian- pre 1655  from 'Historiae naturalis de quadrupetibus libri.' Folio (32.6 x 19.4 cm) one of  249 engraved plates and six engraved title pages. The second edtion in 1657 reversed the images and altered the paper making it one of the few books where the first edition is obvious and for some reason much scarcer . Many of these have edge of page loss esp to one corner  due to age and the paper being especially tasty to wildlife  so they will be shown full page on a darker background   £65 ea inc delivery corner




Lupus, Wolff wolf ; Fulpes, Fuchs fox ; Zilio Hyaena Spotted hyena ; Hyaena hyena
  Printed by the heirs of Math: Merian, 1650-1653  for John Jonston,  (1603-1675)-Merian- pre 1655  from 'Historiae naturalis de quadrupetibus libri.' Folio (32.6 x 19.4 cm) one of  249 engraved plates and six engraved title pages. The second edtion in 1657 reversed the images and altered the paper making it one of the few books where the first edition is obvious and for some reason much scarcer . Many of these have edge of page loss esp to one corner  due to age and the paper being especially tasty to wildlife  so they will be shown full page on a darker background   £35 ea inc delivery corner loss side and base  chunk gone




Sea Monsters the most desirable plate !
 Goats Printed by the heirs of Math: Merian, 1650-1653  for John Jonston,  (1603-1675)-Merian- pre 1655  from 'Historiae naturalis de quadrupetibus libri.' Folio (32.6 x 19.4 cm) one of  249 engraved plates and six engraved title pages. The second edtion in 1657 reversed the images and altered the paper making it one of the few books where the first edition is obvious and for some reason much scarcer . Many of these have edge of page loss esp to one corner  due to age and the paper being especially tasty to wildlife  so they will be shown full page on a darker background   £65 ea inc delivery crease





Gazella Gazelle , Cervo Camelae camel , Capreolus Moschi Bisemthier Musk deer
Printed by the heirs of Math: Merian, 1650-1653  for John Jonston,  (1603-1675)-Merian- pre 1655  from 'Historiae naturalis de quadrupetibus libri.' Folio (32.6 x 19.4 cm) one of  249 engraved plates and six engraved title pages. The second edtion in 1657 reversed the images and altered the paper making it one of the few books where the first edition is obvious and for some reason much scarcer . Many of these have edge of page loss esp to one corner  due to age and the paper being especially tasty to wildlife  so they will be shown full page on a darker background   £65 ea inc delivery corner crease mark




Hyena, etc.
Printed by the heirs of Math: Merian, 1650-1653  for John Jonston,  (1603-1675)-Merian- pre 1655  from 'Historiae naturalis de quadrupetibus libri.' Folio (32.6 x 19.4 cm) one of  249 engraved plates and six engraved title pages. The second edtion in 1657 reversed the images and altered the paper making it one of the few books where the first edition is obvious and for some reason much scarcer . Many of these have edge of page loss esp to one corner  due to age and the paper being especially tasty to wildlife  so they will be shown full page on a darker background   £65 ea inc delivery corner  crease  edge tear




Putorious, Iltis; Mustela, Wiesel; Martes; Martes, Marter; Taxus Suillæ
Printed by the heirs of Math: Merian, 1650-1653  for John Jonston,  (1603-1675)-Merian- pre 1655  from 'Historiae naturalis de quadrupetibus libri.' Folio (32.6 x 19.4 cm) one of  249 engraved plates and six engraved title pages. The second edtion in 1657 reversed the images and altered the paper making it one of the few books where the first edition is obvious and for some reason much scarcer . Many of these have edge of page loss esp to one corner  due to age and the paper being especially tasty to wildlife  so they will be shown full page on a darker background   £65 ea inc delivery corner crease




Dogs
Printed by the heirs of Math: Merian, 1650-1653  for John Jonston,  (1603-1675)-Merian- pre 1655  from 'Historiae naturalis de quadrupetibus libri.' Folio (32.6 x 19.4 cm) one of  249 engraved plates and six engraved title pages. The second edtion in 1657 reversed the images and altered the paper making it one of the few books where the first edition is obvious and for some reason much scarcer . Many of these have edge of page loss esp to one corner  due to age and the paper being especially tasty to wildlife  so they will be shown full page on a darker background   £35 ea inc delivery corner loss





WOLF-HYENA-WOLVERINE-GLUTTON-GULO-LUPUS
Printed by the heirs of Math: Merian, 1650-1653  for John Jonston,  (1603-1675)-Merian- pre 1655  from 'Historiae naturalis de quadrupetibus libri.' Folio (32.6 x 19.4 cm) one of  249 engraved plates and six engraved title pages. The second edtion in 1657 reversed the images and altered the paper making it one of the few books where the first edition is obvious and for some reason much scarcer . Many of these have edge of page loss esp to one corner  due to age and the paper being especially tasty to wildlife  so they will be shown full page on a darker background   £25 ea inc delivery tlarge loss






Balaena Ein ander art Wallfisch Sperm Whale stranding.
Printed by the heirs of Math: Merian, 1650-1653  for John Jonston,  (1603-1675)-Merian- pre 1655  from 'Historiae naturalis de quadrupetibus libri.' Folio (32.6 x 19.4 cm) one of  249 engraved plates and six engraved title pages. The second edtion in 1657 reversed the images and altered the paper making it one of the few books where the first edition is obvious and for some reason much scarcer . Many of these have edge of page loss esp to one corner  due to age and the paper being especially tasty to wildlife  so they will be shown full page on a darker background   £65 ea inc delivery the only one in landscape format ! some age staining x 2


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Animals Directory page  |  |Large Plates Cuvier etc |   | 2 Giovanni + Petraroja | 3 Buchoz 1770's | Buchoz 1770's | 5. Large Assorted| 6.Brodtmann + Schinz | 7.Brodtmann + Schinz | 8.Cyclopedia | 9.Cyclopedia | 10.Bertuch 1799 | 11. Bertuch | 12. Buffon p 1. | Buffon p.2 | Buffon p.3 | Buffon p.4 | Smaller Engravings | 14.Grandider Lemurs

 

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