J. van Lier - Verhandeling over de Slangen en Adders die in het Landschap Drenthe gevonden worden [...]

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J. van Lier - Verhandeling over de Slangen en Adders die in het Landschap Drenthe gevonden worden. Met byvoeging van eenige aanmerkingen en byzonderheden, tot deze en andere slangsoorten betrekkelyk: Traité des serpens et des vipères qu'on trouve dans le pays de Drenthe, au quel on a ajouté quelques remarques et quelques particularités relatives à ces espèces de serpens et à d'autres Amsterdam / Groningen - By de Erven Houtuin en L. Huisingh, Boekverkopers - 1781 - 1st edition - [12], 372, [2] pp. - Hardcover - 22,5 x 28,5 cm.

Condition: Good copy, complete ; binding with general wear.

Bilingual 18th century publication (Text in Dutch and French) about Drenthe snake species by Mr. Johannes van Lier (1726-1799); one of the first Dutch scientific researchers. The 'Uitlegging van de tytelplaat' is a poem by Barbara Maria van Lier. Illustrated with frontispiece medallion author's portrait and three hand-colored copper engravings by J.C Philips, after W. Veleman, Groningen. 1. Slange; 2. Adder; 3. Hazelworm. Bound in contemporary half-leather book binding.

Interesting detail: The author was Recipient General for the taxes in Assen, but apparently spent more time on nature research. In 1785 a large budget deficit was discovered and Mr. Van Lier disappeared abroad without a trace... Cf. Landwehr 113 : "Extensive work, dealing with snakes and vipers found in the Eastern part of Holland e.g. the Province of Drenthe".

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