Piso on Brazil's natural history


PISO, W. De Indiae utriusque re naturali et medica. 1658.

Description of South American fish, including the Camaripuguaçu (a large saltwater game fish known today as the tarpon).  Description of the Dod-aers, or dodo, a flightless bird native to the island of Mauritius that famously became extinct in the late seventeenth century.  From the natural history section of Willem Piso and Georg Marcgraf’s De Indiae utriusque re naturali et medica.  The Elzeviers printed both the original and revised editions of this book, one of the most important scientific works on the New World, and Brazil in particular, with its notable studies of tropical medicine, and lavish illustrations of native plants and animals.

[EHC 02.1658.Pis] [Willems 1236]