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Sammlung verschiedener ausländischer und seltener Vögel worinnen ein jeder dererselben nicht nur auf das genaueste beschrieben sondern auch in einer richtigen und sauber illuminirten Abbildung vorgestellet wird.
Nürnberg, J.J. Fleischmann, 1749-1773. Volumes 1-8 (of 9), bound in 4. Folio (380 x 245mm). With 2 engraved frontispieces, 8 engraved title-vignettes, 1 large coloured folding map of Carolina, 1 engraved portrait and 421 beautifully handcoloured engraved plates. Contemporary calf, spines with gilt lettered labels and gilt ornaments. One of the most splendid German works on birds. The number of copies printed must have been very small as complete copies with all the 9 volumes are rare. The last complete copy to appear at auction is almost 20 years ago./In 1749-1776, the works of Edwards 'A natural history of uncommon birds' and 'Gleanings of natural history' and Catesby 'Natural history of Carolina, Florida, and the Bahama Islands' were translated into German and combined into one work under the title 'Sammlung verschiedener ausländischer und seltener Vögel'. The plates of Edwards and Catesby were re-engraved by Seligmann, further embellished by the addition of figures of plants not present in the originals. Johann Michael Seligmann (1720-1762) was a Nürnberg publisher and engraver. He published some of the most splendid natural history works of his time such as Trew's 'Hortus Nitidissimis', Gessner's 'Opera botanica' and Schmidel's 'Erz Stüffen'./The final volume 9, not present here, contains 52 plates./3 plates with contemporary handwriting in the margin, 2 plates with old handwriting (just one word), 1 plate, outer margin shorter (not supplied from another copy). //Nissen IVB, 857; Anker 462; Ludwig, Nürnberger naturwissenschaftliche Malerei im 17. und 18. Jahrhundert pp. 375-377.
      [Bookseller: Antiquariaat JUNK B.V. (Natural History]
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