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SCHEUCHZER, J.J.
Kupfer-Bibel, in welcher die Physica Sacra, oder beheiligte Natur-Wissenschafft deren in Heil. Schrifft vorkommenden natürlichen Sachen, deutlich erklärt und bewährt. Anbey zur Erläuterung und Zierde des Wercks in künstlichen Kupfer-Tafeln ausgegeben und verlegt durch Johann Andreas Pfeffel, Kayserlichen Hof- Kupferstecher?
Augsburg und Ulm, gedruckt bey Christian Ulrich Wagner, 1731-1735. 4 volumes. Folio (385 x 245mm). Leaves (27), pp. 1-276; Leaves (4), pp. 277-676; Leaves (4), pp. 1-738; Leaves (4), pp. 739-1426, with 2 mezzotint engraved portraits of Scheuchzer and Pfeffel, engraved frontispiece and 760 engraved plates on 758 leaves. The rainbow plate partly coloured as is correct. Contemporary vellum, spines with gilt lettering.

A very fine copy with the plates in excellent impressions of Scheuchzer's 'magnum opus', a detailedelucidation of events in the Bible in terms of physics, medicine and natural history. "The 'Physica Sacra' functioned as part library and part printed cabinet of curiosity. Through textual synthesis of hundreds of scientific, historical, and technological studies applied to specific bible verses, Scheuchzer harmonized Bible stories with contemporary debates about zoology, botany, geography, mathematics, astronomy, and biology. Scheuchzer's analysis of Bible verses included dramatic engravings of landscapes, fossils, exploded object views, and detailed architectural schematics, all with the express purpose of deciphering the mysteries and miracles of the Old and New Testaments. Descriptive borders with dissected flora and fauna, skeletons, tools, coins, and cameos surround the principle explanatory images. Many of the elaborate border images encroach on the principle frame, creating an intimate and immediate connection between the explanatory text, narrative scene, object, and bible verse; a space devoid of division between the natural, artificial, and divine" (S. Stillo. Information Networks in Johann Jakob Scheuchzer's Physica Sacra). "In Scheuchzer's gigantic work, 'Physica sacra', the Baroque attains, philosophically as well as artistically, its high point and its conclusion. It is the last of those elegant works which do not really contain illustrations to the text but which are, in effect, composed of splendid plates with a text to accompany them. The best engravers of the time took part? and made the whole splendor of Baroque chalcography appear once more"(Faber du Faur p. 472). "bringen alles, was sonst im botanischen, zoologischen, astronomischen, emblematischen und religiösen Tafelwerk vorliegt ... Die von J.D. Preissler geschaffenen, abwechselnden Nebenzierrate gehören zu den phantasievollsten Leistungen ihrer Gattung. So bildet die Scheuchzersche Kupferbibel wirklich einen Höhepunkt der Augsburger graphischen Kunst des 18. Jahrhunderts, gleichzeitig ein wichtiges Denkmal des Tafelwerkes und die Ueberleitung zum illustrierten Buche, vor allem zur illustrierten Bibel" (Lank-Oehler I, 32). "Wo immer in der Bibel ein Tier, eine Pflanze, Metalle, Versteinerungen, Naturphänomene oder heilige Bauwerke Erwähnung finden, werden sie von Scheuchzer unter Berücksichtigung der damals bekannten wissenschaftliche Literatur ausführlich erörtert" (Leu p. 108). The plates were designed by Johann Melchior Füssli, famous Swiss artist and the thematic borders by J.D. Pfeffel. 26 engravers were involved mostly from Augsburg or Nürnberg. 23 plates in the 4th volume show snakes only. Johann Jakob Scheuchzer (Zürich 1672-1733) was a famous Swiss scientist and is considered the founder of paleobotany and his "Herbarium diluvianum' remained the standard work through the nineteenth century. Among a great number of publications his 'Natur-historie des Schweizerlandes, Helvetiae stoicheiographia' and 'Homo diluvii testis' are best known. Nissen ZBI, 3661. Also see U.B. Leu (editor). Natura Sacra. Der Frühaufklärer Johann Jakob Scheuchzer (1672-1733). Zug 2012.
 


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