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[BLOCH, Marcus Elieser and Johann Friedrich August KRÜGER].
[Allgemeine Naturgeschichte der Fische].[Berlin, ca. 1780-ca. 1787]. Oblong 16mo drawings in a Royal 4to portfolio (33 x 25 cm). Two series of colour drawings in pen and ink and watercolour (33 mostly 11 x 15 cm and 33 mostly 9.5 x 12 cm), with the species names in Latin, German and sometimes French, and some with an additional caption in German. Mounted on loose album leaves (2nd half of the 19th century?) in a portfolio of paperboards covered with blue paper.
[25] loose album ll. with [66] mounted drawings.Sixty-six colour drawings made for Marcus Elieser Bloch's great ichthyological magnum opus, Allgemeine Naturgeschichte der Fische, issued in 12 volumes in Berlin under varying titles and in various issues from 1782 to 1795, which contained 432 plates, a few showing more than one species. Many of the specimens come from Asia, the Americas, Africa and the polar regions. Bloch used some drawings by artists who accompanied 17th-century voyages, but for the vast majority of plates in the first six volumes, the Berlin artist Johann Friedrich August Krüger made the drawings based on Bloch's own specimens. "The importance of Bloch's Allgemeine Naturgeschichte der Fische, even for modern ichthyology, can easily be demonstrated, but hardly be exaggerated", and among the great ichthyologists, "Bloch stands out ... by restricting himself to species (occasionally pictures) personally examined, ... and by the fact that all his species are splendidly illustrated in colour." (Bloch's fishes, pp. 8-9).58 of the present 66 drawings correspond to plates attributed to Krüger, 7 are attributed to Charles Plumier and one is by Georg Marcgrave. The present 66 drawings clearly form two series and those corresponding to the 8 non-Krüger plates clearly match the others in their series, so Krüger apparently redrew the Plumire and Marcgrave images to bring them in line with the size and style of the others. The drawings probably also served as guides for the people who coloured the prints, which may explain the fact that the set includes two very similar … [Click Below for Full Description]
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