BORN, I. VON.
Testacea Musei Caesarei Vindobonensis.
Vienna, J.P. Kraus, 1780. Large folio (485 x 295mm). pp. xxxv, 442, (18), with 1 engraved title-vignette, 11 engraved vignettes, 18 handcoloured engraved plates and 35 engravings in the text. Contemporary richly gilt quarter red morocco over patterned boards.
A fine uncut copy of this sumptuously printed work portraying shells in the imperial collection in Vienna. In 1776 Ignaz von Born, one of the leading scientists of the period, was appointed by Empress Maria Theresia to arrange the K. k. Hof-Naturalien-Cabinet. He describes in the above work the finest shells in the Imperial collection. "... his descriptions of the imperial shells with a sumptuous folio volume containing coloured figures of many of them. The collection, now in the natural History Museum of Vienna, is of great importance to systematists as Born described from it a number of species new to science' (Dance, A History of Shell collecting p. 66). The splendid plates show 319 different shells and most of the plates are by Jakob Adam, an Austrian artist (1748-1811). "Eines der schönsten Muschelbücher sind die 'Testacea Musaei Caesarei Vindobonensis, 1780' von Ignaz Born mit Grossfoliotafeln ... nach Jak. Adam..." (Nissen II, p. 152). A fine example of the Golden Age of Viennese natural history book production which was patronized by the House of Habsburg. A large uncut copy. Nissen ZBI, 470.
Item nr. 5039
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