Nozeman Cornelius & Houttuyn M. Nederlandsche vogelen. 1770-1829.
Nederlandsche vogelen; volgens hunne huishoudinge, aert en eigenschappen. Amsterdam, Jan Christ. Sepp (and son), 1770-1829.
"The first comprehensive account of the avifauna of Holland" (Anker)
Nozeman Cornelius & Houttuyn M. Nederlandsche vogelen; volgens hunne huishoudinge, aert en eigenschappen. Amsterdam, Jan Christ. Sepp (and son), 1770-1829. 5 volumes, folio (Vol. 1: 1770; Vol.2: 1789; Vol 3: 1797; Vol 4: 1799; Vol 5: 1829). 250 contemporary hand-coloured engraved plates + 5 hand-coloured additional engraved titles, a few plates double-page. Half calf, rebacked retaining the original spine. First edition.
Ref.: Nissen (IVB), 684; Landwehr (Coloured plates), 145; Anker 369.
This book was published over a period of almost sixty years. Nozeman started this enterprise; he possessed a cabinet of animals. He discusses the native birds, their nests, their habitats and their eggs. Quite a few plates show the birds with their eggs. After Nozeman died Martinus Houttuyn took over the editing of the book. When Houttuyn died in 1798 the work was continued very likely by the publishers with the assistance of C.J. Temminck, who supplied many descriptions. Each volume contains fifty hand-coloured copperplates; according to the first two volumes the drawings are due to N. Muis, whereas W. Hendriks is mentioned in the fourth volume.
The price of the complete set of five volumes was fl.525.00 which makes it the most expensive book for sale in Holland at that period.