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Kupfer-Bibel, In welcher Die Physica Sacra - SCHEUCHZER, Johann Jakob - 1731. [1279476]
Christian Ulrich Wagner, Augsburg, Ulm 1731 - 1731, 1733, 1735. 4 parts bound in 4 volumes. Folio (390 x 250 mm). Complete with 760 copper engravings on 758 plates plus 3 frontispieces. Vol. I: pp. [56], 1-276, half-title, letterpress title, engraved allegorial frontipsiece by Sperl after Joh. Daniel Preisler, frontispiece mezzotint portrait of the author by Pintz after Georg. de Marees, and 174 engravings on 172 plates numbered I-CLXXIV including 2 double-page (engravings no. 37, 38, 39 on single sheet), plus 3 bis-plates (numbered 39A, 99B, 133A), Plate 66 with the rainbows hand-coloured. Vol. II: pp. [8], 277-672, 189 engraved plates numbered CLXXV-CCCLXIV including 1 double-page, plus 4 bis-plates (numbered 217A, 223A, 340A, 340B). Plate no. 340 skipped. Vol. III: pp. [8], 1-736, 210 engraved plates numbered CCCLXV-DLXXV including 2 double-page, plus 5 bis-plates (numbered 446A, 446B, 446C, 463A, 470A. Plate no. 446 skipped. Vol. IV: pp. [8], 737-1426, [80], frontispiece portrait of the author and 175 engraved plates (numbered DLXXVI-DCCL). Bound in uniform contemporary full calf, each spine with 6 raised bands and gilt-lettered label in first compartment, boards and spines ruled in blind, upper joints of vol. I and II cracked but cords firmly holding, corners bumped and scuffed. Little browning and occasional marginal spotting of text and plates in vol. IV and second half of vol. III, otherwise quite crisp and bright. Vol. I with closed tear to leaf Aa2 (without loss). Page 103 of vol. III with brown staining in fore-margin probably from lamp oil. An outstanding set in untouched contemporary binding, complete in all respects, with the plates in neat, deep black impressions on strong paper. ---- Nissen, ZBI 3659; Rümann 1018; Lanck./Oehler I, 32ff; Faber du Faur 1855. FIRST GERMAN EDITION, published at the same time as the Lating edition. Scheuchzer's scientific explanation of biblical history discusses events such as the creation, flood and various miracles in terms of physics, medicine and natural history. It also contains a taxonomy of all the plants and animals mentioned in the Bible. Many Augsburg engravers have contributed to this richly illustrated bible with scientific commentary for which the Swiss natural scientist Scheuchzer had used a great number of sources. Johann Jacob Scheuchzer (1672-1733) is well known for his collection of fossils, for his systematic exploration of the Alps and for his numerous publications on geology and the natural sciences. His commentary brings these sciences to bear on the explication of passages in the Bible, illustrating and discussing numerous plant and animal fossils, and many biblical animals, some with anatomical drawings. Included in the first volume is a bibliography of publications on these topics. Erste deutsche Ausgabe, gleichzeitig mit der lateinischen erschienen. Die schöne, prachtvoll illustrierte Kupferstich-Bibel in einem vollständigen Exemplar. Diese Bibelausgabe zählt zu den schönsten Erzeugnissen der Augsburg Buchillustrationen des 18. Jahrhunderts; die Kupfer wurden von den besten Stechern der Zeit gefertigt, darunter Sperling, Corvinus, Tyroff u. a. Die Vorlagen zeichnete der Züricher Maler Johann Melchior Füßli, ein Freund Scheuchzers. Die Darstellungen jeweils in phantasievollen Umrahmungen mit Blatt-, Ranken- und Muschelwerk. "Unter Scheuchzers Anleitung zeichnete sein Freund, der Züricher Maler Füßli, die Vorlagen der Tafeln. Diese selbst bringen alles was sonst im botanischen, zoologischen, astronomischen, geographischen, im architektonischen, emblematischen und religiösen Tafelwerk vorliegt. Auch die aus dem Ornamentstich bekannten Motive, Blatt-, Ranken- und Muschelwerk, Phantasieumrahmungen aller Art sind in vorbildlicher Form hier zu finden. Die von Johann Daniel Preissler geschaffenen 'abwechselnden Nebenzierraten' gehören zu den phantasievollsten Leistungen ihrer Gattung. So bildet die Scheuchzerische Kupferbibel wirklich einen Höhepunkt der Augsburger graphischen Kunst. . . [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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