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MARTYN, THOMAS - Aranei, or a natural history of Spiders including the principal parts of the well known work on English Spiders by Eleazar Albin as also the whole of the celebrated publication on Swedish Spiders by Charles Clerck, revised, enlarged and designed anew

Title: Aranei, or a natural history of Spiders including the principal parts of the well known work on English Spiders by Eleazar Albin as also the whole of the celebrated publication on Swedish Spiders by Charles Clerck, revised, enlarged and designed anew
Description: 1793 ii, ii, vii, 79, 31, 27 (of 28) hand-col plates. fo.. HB. Disbound, stab stitched to the margin, but stitching broken and contents loose; enclosed in old stiff marbled paper-covered boards with flimsy cloth spine. An imperfect copy, wanting the frontispiece, 2 engraved plates of medals (both of which are often lacking), 2 engraved titles and col plate 3 from the first series. Wide margins. Clean. Based on the works of Albin (1736) and Clerck (1757). Martyn's plates are notable for the slight stipple engraving and careful hand colouring which makes them resemble coloured drawings. Plates numbered (1-11, 1-17). [Nissen ZBI: 2724]Thomas Martyn (fl. 1779–1811) was a natural history illustrator and pamphleteer, said to be a native of Coventry, Warwickshire (Nichols, 8.432). Martyn developed a talent for coloured depictions of insects and shells. He purchased shells brought back from Cook's third voyage, and produced his splendid 'Universal Conchologist' (1784-7), the greatest of all books on shells. Turning to insects, Martyn produced his 'English Entomologist' (1792), followed by 'Aranei, or, A Natural History of Spiders' (1793), a quarto in two parts. It included much of Eleazar Albin's well-known work on English spiders, Martyn having purchased Albin's drawings at the sale of the dowager duchess of Portland's museum. 'Psyche: Figures of Non-Lepidopterous Insects' (1797) was probably produced privately and only about ten sets of its thirty-two stipple engravings are known to have been published. His only venture into botany, 'Figures of Plants' (1795), consisted of forty-three coloured plates without text or captions. Since Martyn's illustrations were hand-coloured he needed the assistance of professional artists, but, finding that miniaturists were unwilling to interrupt their normal work to paint shells and insects, he decided to recruit his own workforce and train boys to paint in a uniform style. His first boy joined him about 1779; others followed, and eventually he had ten young men at work in his ‘academy’ at 10 Great Marlborough Street, Westminster.(ODNB).

Keywords: Arachnids; Araneae; Britain; C1379; Hand; coloured plates; Invertebrates; Spiders; Arachnida;

Price: GBP 500.00 = appr. US$ 713.99 Seller: Pemberley Natural History Books
- Book number: 17544

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