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Ne√ľes Thier-buch, oder: merckw√ľrdige Beschreibung - SARTORIUS, Johann Christoph - 1718. 
Nissen, ZBI 3587; Wood, p. 489; WorldCat (6 copies). Rare first and only edition of a zoological work in which the anonymous authors describe fifty animals. The book is divided into two parts, describing thirty mammals in the first, and twenty birds in the second part, also including dragons and griffins. Each animal is illustrated on a half-page engraving, which is followed by a poem, a zoological description, and stories or sayings mostly of a moralistic nature. The names of the animals are given in German, Latin and Czech. The mythological animals, like the unicorn, phoenix, dragon, etc., are included with the added remark that their existence has not been proven conclusively. The large engraved frontispiece shows Adam in the Garden of Eden, playing a harp and surrounded by listening animals.Slightly browned, some thumbed margins and a few small spots, otherwise in very good condition. Binding rubbed along the extremities, otherwise good.
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