De natura aquatilium carmen, in universam Gulielmi Rondeletii doctoris medici, & medicinae in schola Monspeliensi professoris regii, quam de piscibus marinis scripsit historiam: Cum vivis eorum imagnibus [sic], Opusculum nunc primùm in lucem emissum

Autore: BOUSSUET, François (1520-1572)

Tipografo: Macé Bonhomme

Dati tipografici: Lyon, 1558

Two parts in one volume, 4to (201x136 mm). [20], 240; 135 pp. Collation: a-b4, c2, A-Z4, Aa-Gg4; aa-hh4, [ii]1, kk-ss4. With the woodcut medallion portrait of the author on l. c2v of volume 1 (also repeated on l. aa2v of vol. 2) and 466 woodcuts of fishes, shells, and other sea animals in text by Georges Reverdy. Printer's device on title pages. The book was imposed as an oblong quarto as the chain lines are vertical. Contemporary flexible vellum with overlapping edges and inked title on spine (traces of ties). Stamp of the Kristen Collection, ownership's entry “Petri Josephi Amadori” on title page. Outer inner corner of the first four leaves reinforced, scattered light staining and browning, title page and last leaf slightly soiled, two small holes to the lower margin of the last two leaves, all in all a more than decent copy.


First and only edition of Boussuet's epitome in Latin (and partly also in Greek) verses of the Libri de Piscibus by Guillaume Rondelet (1507-1566). The woodcuts by George Reverdy (fl. 1531-1564), a skilful draughtsman active in Lyon from 1529 to 1564, are the same as in Rondelet's edition issued by Bonhomme in two folio volumes in 1554-1555. The woodcuts include the famous “monk” and “bishop” sea monster, of which, according to Rondelet, the first was seen in Norway (its illustration is based on a picture given to him by Marguérite de Angoulême) and the second was found in Poland in 1531. The verses of Boussuet, a doctor in medicine, include also information about the taste and nature of fish meat and shells. The first part deals with fish exclusively, the second part mostly with shells.


Baudrier, X, p. 257; Mortimer, nr. 118; Nissen (ZBI), 511; Adams, B-2607; Paleari-Henssler, p. 115.