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Auserlesne Schnecken Muscheln und andere Schaaltiere auf allerhöchsten Befehl Seiner Königlichen Majestät nach den Originalen gemalt, in Kupfer gstochen, und mit natürlichen Farben erleuchtet von Franz Michael Regenfusz, Königlichem Kupferstecher..... Choix De Conquillages Et De Crustacés Peints D'Après Nature Gravés En taille Douce Et Illuminés De Leurs Vraïes Couleurs Par Francois Michel Regenfuss Graveur du Roi. Publié par ordre Du Roi. (Vol. I, all published).
Kopenhagen/ A Copenhague, (Colophon: Andreas Hartwig Godiche), 1758. Imperial folio. (62,5 x 47 cm.). Contemporary full mottled calf with 9 raised bands on spine. Profusely gilt compartments depicting differents species of shells. A few tears at spine-ends and on top of hinges. Corners a bit bumped with light wear. In the middle of both covers the Royal crowned coat of arms of Frederik V, King of Denmark, showing the weapons of Denmark, Norway and the Calmar Union (Fredrik V's Cabinet weapon/ Kabinetsvåben). Internally fine and clean, printed on thick paper. Collation: F 1 Half-title in German and French (on verso Nachricht an der Buchbinder) followed by the engraved plate of Frederic V surrounded by allegorical representations of navigation and marine products. This plate is printed in sanguine, an indication of the copy being one of the ROYAL PRESENTATION COPIES (in other copies it is printed in blue). F 2 German title-page. F 3 French Title-page. F 4-5 Dedication to the King in German. F 6-7 Dedication in French. F 8 Vorbericht/ Advertissement by Regenfuss dated 31st March 1758 (the King's birthday). Pp. I-V pp. Chronologische Anzeige der Schriftsteller/ Catalogue chronologique des auteurs. Pp. VI-XIV Vornehmste Naturalienkammern in Dänemark/ Cabinets d'Histoire Naturelle en Danemarc. Pp.1-22 . Vorläufige Einleitung/ Discours préliminaire. Pp. I-LXXXVII Erklärung der Kupfertafeln/ Explication des Planches. On verso of p. LXXXVII "Emendanda". A German imperial privilege-leaf is not supposed to be in the the Royal presentation copies, and is consequently not here. According to C.C.A. Gosch (part 3, p. 152) a leaf with the imprint "Lectori benevolo Naturae Speculatori Atque Ingenuarum Artium Studioso S.P." is found in some copies where the engraved dedication leaf to the king lacks (the engraved dedikation is present here). The 2 large engraved vignettes is also printed in sanguine, indicating royal presentation copy. With all the 12 exquisite handcoloured engraved plates each with many figures, often showing the shells in front and back view. Each shell is provided with a shadow on its right side, the flat species with a narrow edge of shadow, the more convex ones with a considerable amount of shadow, making the figures stand out THREE-DIMENSIONALLY.. Extremely scarce - really the second issue of this, the tallest and most sumptuous of all conchological works, as the work was prepared for publication early in 1758 with the text by the Danish phycisist C.G. Kratzenstein. Just as the book was due to come from the press, the King supressed the text, and took the few copies back wich had already been distributed (probably only 25 and only very few of these have survived in public libraries). The text for the definite edition (the item offered) was rewritten by L. Spengler, J.A. Cramer and P. Ascanius, using Kratzensteins new generic names and after being approved by the King it was published in 1759. The magnificent plates are all handcoloured by Gabr. Müller and Joh. Maurits Leyh, but mostly by Regenfuss' wife Margaretha Helena Regenfuss.The second volume was prepared, but Regenfuss did not finish the 12 plates until 1777. These plates were brought in circulation in advance of the relevant text and the plates are found in various libraries, all without a text, which was prepared by O.F. Müller, but never printed.For the very complicated printing history of the works see: C.C.A. Gosch "Udsigt over Danmarks Zoologiske Litteratur", vol. 2, part I, pp. 292 ff. and vol. 3, pp. 151-153. - Birkelund "Dansk Boghaandværk gennem Tiderne 1482-1948", pp. 77-81. - W.S.S.van Benthem Jutting "On the Conchological work of F.M. Regenfuss".Nissen ZBI: 3338 - Brunet IV, 1180
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