Rare monograph on snakes

Lier, Johannes van. Verhandeling over de Slangen en Adders die in het Landschap Drenthe gevonden worden.

Amsterdam & Groningen, Erven Houtuin and L. Huisingh, 1781.

4to. (6), 372 pp. Engraved additional pictorial title with letterpress explanatory leaf, 3 hand-coloured engraved plates. Contemporary tree calf, spine gilt, marbled edges.


First edition of this rare monograph on snakes. Text printed intwo columns throughout in Dutch and French. The fine plates, drawn from nature by W. Veltman and engraved by J. C. Philips, show an unidentified snake, a viper, and a slow-worm. A printed explanation is provided opposite the engraved title.

Johannes van Lier was a politician, lawyer, tax collector and Deputy of Drenthe. He wrote several treatises on a wide variety of subjects including history, archaeology and natural history.

Marginal adhesion mark to L4 and M1, very faint dampstaining to some gatherings. Extremities lightly rubbed, head- and tailcaps more heavily, spine label slightly defective.


Nissen ZVB 2509.

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