SCHAEFFER, J. C.
Elementa Entomologica. Cum CXXXV. Tabulae aere excusae floridisque coloribus distinctae. Einleitung in die Insectenkenntnis. CXXXV. ausgemahlte Kupfertafeln.
Regensburg, gedruckt mit Weissischen Schriften, 1766. 4to (298 x 235mm). With 135 beautifully hand-coloured engraved plates. (With:) SCHAEFFER, J.C. Elementorum Entomologicorum Appendix quinque insectorum nova genera exhibens. Fünf neue Insectengeschlechter zur Einleitung in die Insectenkenntniss. Regensburg 1777. With 5 beautifully hand-coloured engraved plates. Contemporary half calf, spine in 6 compartments, with black gilt lettered label and gilt lines (small skilful repair to spine) & Later marbled boards (appendix).
Rare first edition. A very fine uncut copy, with the very rare appendix, of this beautifully illustrated entomological work published during the Golden period of South German natural history book production. Jacob Schaeffer (sometimes spelled Schäffer) was a Bavarian clergyman-naturalist, a phenomenon so characteristic of the age of Enlightenment. His interest was broad and apart from publishing the most beautiful early iconography on fungi he published on birds, entomology and paper-making, however most of his works describe the fauna and flora of South Germany. Schaeffer had his own cabinet of curiosities, the Schaefferianum, which was visited by Goethe in 1786. The detailed and exact figures illustrate Schaeffer's system of classification, which was based on the wings and the number of tarsi. The fourth section 'Von den Werkzeugen der Behandlung und Sammlung der Insecten' is illustrated with 3 plates, 2 show entomological hunting material and how to preserve insects, the last plate shows a superb entomological baroque cabinet. The plates with the exception of three were printed on both sides of a leaf. Evenhuis. Litt. Tax. Diptorum 1766.
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