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Die Pflanzenthiere in Abbildungen nach der Natur mit Farben erleuchtet nebst Beschreibungen. Erster Theil. [Atlas].
Nürnberg, Raspe, 1791. 4to (25.5 x 21.5 cm). 159 engraved and finely hand-coloured plates. Contemporary full calf. Spines with five raised bands, gilt compartments and two vellum labels with gilt titles. Gilt text "P.F.Suhm" on front board. Marbled pastedowns.l A selection of the fine plates (most probably all those published together with the first text volume) of the magnum opus of Eugenius Johann Christoph Esper (1742-1810), professor at the Königlich Preussischen Friedrichs-Alexanders Universität zu Erlangen and a noted entomologist and botanist. But this work on Cnidaria - in particular stony corals - and sponges (Porifera) is by far the most important that he wrote on his own. Using the Linnaean system he described and illustrated an immense number of corals, as well as some Bryozoa, Echinodermata, a good deal of coralline algae, and some others. Many still bear the names introduced by him. The present copy probably belonged to the Danish-Norwegian historian Peter Frederik Suhm (1728-1798), who owned a very large library. Bookplate, "Dupl" of "bibl. reg. Hafn." (i.e. a duplicate of the Royal Library in Copenhagen) on the front pastedown. A very good copy. Cat. BM(NH) p. 542; Nissen ZBI, 1315.
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