GRONOVIUS, L.T.

Museum Ichthyologicum, sistens Piscium indigenorum & quorundam exoticorum, qui in Museo Laurentii Theodori Gronovii adservantur, descriptiones ordine systematico. Accedunt

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nonnullorum exoticorum Piscium icones aeri incisae (et Amphiborium animalium historia zoologica). Leiden, T. Haak, 1754-56. 2 volumes (bound in one). Folio. pp. (10), 70; (8), 88, with 7 engraved plates. Contemporary calf, later rebacking (binding worn).

In the present catalogue of his collection of fish 202 species are described and the appendix contains 70 species of amphibia and reptiles.

First and only edition. Laurentius Theodorus Gronovius possessed an extensive cabinet of corals, fishes, lower animals, insects, reptiles, mammals, shells, stones, plants etc. "To Gronovius also is due the invention of preparing flat skins of fishes in a dry state, and preserving them in a manner of an herbarium" (Engel p. 104). In the present catalogue of his collection of fish 202 species are described and the appendix contains 70 species of amphibia and reptiles. After Gronovius' death his collection of dried fish was acquired by the British Museum. The fine plates are by A. Delfos.