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BORN, Ignatius [Ignaz Edler Von]
Testacea Musei Caesarei Vindobonensis, que jussu Mariae Theresiae Ausgustae
Joannis Pauli Kraus, Vienna, 1780. Title with engraved device, 18 hand-colored engraved plates, 36 text figures, head- and tailpieces. Exquisite half-vellum and marbled boards, all edges marbled; interior very clean. CLASSIC WORK ON CONCHOLOGY BORN, Ignatius [Ignaz Edler Von]. Testacea musei Caesarei Vindobonensis, que jussu Mariae Theresiae Ausgustae. Vienna: Joannis Pauli Kraus, 1780. Folio. Title with engraved device, 18 hand-colored engraved plates, 36 text figures. Exquisite half-vellum and marbled boards, all edges marbled; interior very clean. First edition of one of the most important and beautiful works of conchology. Maria-Therese, Empress of the Holy Roman Empire, commissioned Born to inventory and arrange the immense imperial collection in 1776. The collection was the foundation of the imperial museum in Vienna, now the Naturhistorisches Museum. This text, consisting of the shell collection, was the only volume published due to Maria-Therese's death in 1780. The eighteen engraved plates are exquisitely hand-colored with delicate shading, attention to iridescent qualities, and exact patterns. The text provides equally detailed descriptions of the hundreds of species in the collection. $ 15,000.00. [Attributes: First Edition]
Bookseller: B & L Rootenberg Rare Books, ABAA [Sherman Oaks, CA, U.S.A.]
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