Museum Regium seu Catalogus Rerum tam naturalium, quam artificialium, quæ in Basilica Bibliothecæ...Christiani Qvinti...

Hafniæ (i.e. Copenhagen), Schmetgen, 1696.

Folio. Contemporary full calf. Spine worn, gilding and title-label worn off, but binding still tight and good. Damstained, especially end-papers, but also (evident primarily on verso of) frontispiece, (on verso of) last three plates, title-page and the first few leaves. Generally, however, the contents is quite clean and fresh. The block has an internal split down the hinge between plates X and XII, where the cords are showing, but the cords are still strong and the binding holding tight. Title-page printed in red and black. Engraved frontispiece, (16), 201, (5) pp. + 37 engraved plates. With the ownership signature of Gustaf Torshell to pasted-down end-paper. 

Scarce first edition of this magnificent catalogue of the wonders of the art chamber of King Christian V., the purpose of which was to impress the princes of foreign countries. The splendid work had the intended effect and was justifiably admired all over Europe.

This first description of the wondrous collection contains many oddities, starting with mankind and mammals, continuing to zoology and botany. After that follows mineralogy, ethnographical rarities and archeological treasures as well as rarities within art and science. The catalogue ends with a comprehensive collection of coins and medals. Among the most famous items depited in the splendid catalogue is also the golden horn. 

The royal collection had grown out of the collections of Ole Worm (described in the Museum Wormianum) and the art chamber of King Frederik III and had, by the time of Christian V, achieved a remarkable size and grandeur. It is this very collection that formed the basis for the collections of both Rosenborg Castle, The National Museum, Zoological Museum, Museum of Mineralogy, Botanical Museum, etc.   

In 1687, the king ordered Holger Jacobæus, doctor and professor of history and geography, to make a complete catalogue and inventory of the art chamber collection. The first printed edition of “Museum Regium” appered, as it is here, in 1696 and contained 37 magnificent plates. In 1699, a supplementary volume appeared, and in 1710 a new and revised edition. Finally, in 1726, an index volume appeared.

The copy has belonged to the Swedish artist Gustaf Torshell (1681-1744), who was both an illuminist lieutenant, a famous draughtsman, medal engraver, and miniature painter. His works are represented at the National Museum of Stockholm and Ateneum in Helsongfors.

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