Oppian's Halieuticks of the Nature of Fishes and Fishing of the Ancients In V Books. Translated from the Greek, With an Account of Oppian's Life and Writings, and a Catalogue of his Fishes. Oppianus.
Oppian's Halieuticks of the Nature of Fishes and Fishing of the Ancients In V Books. Translated from the Greek, With an Account of Oppian's Life and Writings, and a Catalogue of his Fishes

Oppian's Halieuticks of the Nature of Fishes and Fishing of the Ancients In V Books. Translated from the Greek, With an Account of Oppian's Life and Writings, and a Catalogue of his Fishes.

Oxford: Printed at The Theater, 1722.

First Edition in English. Engraved title vignette. [8], 232, [7, list of subscribers]. 1 vols. Bound in contemporary gilt paneled full red morocco, a.e.g. Spine faded, and slightly split. A Handsome copy Lowndes 1726; Brunet IV: 196; Heckscher 1483; Westwood & Satchel, 164; Dean's Bibliography of Fishes (Dean III:295) states that "of all the ancient writers on fish and fishing, Oppian is easily the most important"; Wood p. 500. Item #240450

"The labor of translating this Greco-Roman author was divided between Mr. Diaper (Pt. 1, Books I and II) and John Jones (Pt. 2, Books III to V). The latter contributor also wrote an account of Oppian"s life and writings and compiled a catalogue of his Fishes. The contests between rival factions in the sea are amusingly drawn in the lines relating to the Lobster, the Lamprey, and the Preke (octopus). The remarkable color-changes of the last named were well know to the ancients (Book II). "-Wood.

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