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Hungaria seu Disputationes miscellaneae de natura Hungariae in alma, catholica, et episcopali Universitate Dilingana,, Publice Susceptae ab illvstri ac generoso domino Joanne Guilielmo Friderico Tänzel L. B. de Trazberg praeside P. Conrado Vogler mense Augusto anno Christi M. DCC.
Dilingae [Dillingen an der Donau, Germany] Typis Joannis Caspari Bencard, Bibliopolae Academici., , 1700 - Folio. In near-contemporary, slightly spotted, grey paper-covered boards. Leaf size 276x190mm. [6], 114, [8] pages plus four splendidly-ornate full-page engravings, extra to collation. Engravings signed 'Johann Degller delin' and 'Leonhard Heckenauer sculps. Aug. Vind.'. Inner hinges open. ‘XXXI D-17’ in ink at the head of the front free-end-paper. Pencil ownership inscription in lower margin of the frontispiece 'Francii Josephi v Handl 1720'. An extremely rare academic work on Hungary’s natural resources following the Treaty of Karlowitz [Carlowitz], signed on 26 January 1699, when the Ottoman Empire, under Mustafa II, ceded Hungary to Leopold I of Austria. The frontispiece depicts Nature showing a map of Hungary to Emperor Joseph I. Three parts follow, each preceded by an engraving. The first part, which deals with Hungary’s mineral wealth, has an engraving showing mining at the foot with Nature handing up finished metal products, accompanied by many cherubs. The second part deals with water – natural and mineral; the engraving shows water gods in a river holding flowing pitchers with fish and cherubs and the prow of a ship; there are also people washing and in the background there is a town. The third part, which deals with Hungary’s climate and soils, is preceded by an engraving of Nature surrounded by sheaves of corn and fruit of all kinds with supporting cherubs; in the background there is a building and some domestic and wild animals. An exceptionally crisp and clean copy with lovely woodcut head- and tail-pieces. No copies reported by COPAC in UK libraries. WorldCat shows a single copy in the U.S.A., one in Switzerland and a few copies in Germany. We are also aware of a single copy in the Szechenyi library in Hungary. (Further information and photographs available on request.)
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