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LINNE, Carl von (1707 - 1778)

[KANGAROO]. Des Ritters Carl von Linné vollständiges Natursystem :

nach der zwölften lateinischen Ausgabe, und nach Anleitung des holländischen Houttuynischen Werks, mit einer ausführlichen Erklärung, ausgefertiget von Philipp Ludwig Statius Müller.

Nürnberg : Gabriel Nicolaus Raspe, 1773 – 1776. Octavo, six volumes bound in eight, plus supplement, contemporary half-calf over papered boards, spines in compartments, contrasting gilt-lettered morocco title labels (a little worn but a sound set), bookplates to front endpapers, vol. I : engraved frontispiece; pp. [xxii]; 508; [14];  32 folding copperplates, vol. II :  pp. [xvi]; 638; [34]; 28 folding copperplates, vol. III : pp. [xiv]; 16 – 64; 350; [14]; 12 folding copperplates, vol. IV : [xiv]; 400; [16]; 11 folding copperplates, vol. V, part I : pp. [xiv]; 758; 22 folding copperplates, vol. V, part II : pp. [xiv]; 761 – 1166 (page 1166 mis-numbered 1066); (102); 14 folding copperplates (numbered 23 – 36), vol. VI, part I : pp. [xvi]; 638; 19 folding copperplates, vol. VI, part II : pp. [xvi]; 641 – 960; (110); 37 folding copperplates, Supplement : pp. [xvi]; 384; (40); 3 folding copperplates (one with an image of the kangaroo). A very good set in an attractive binding, internally clean and fresh.

Eighteenth century edition of Linnaeus’ landmark work on the classification of species, complete with the supplement, which contains a description and image of the kangaroo, taken after the famous painting by George Stubbs, drawn from skins collected by Joseph Banks on Cook’s first voyage. One of the earliest images of a kangaroo published in Europe.

Held in two Australian libraries (National Library of Australia; University of Melbourne).

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New Acquisitions

Captain Cook

Natural History