Icones Insectorvm circa Ratisbonam indigenorvm coloribvs natvram referentibvs expressae.
Natürlich ausgemahlte Abbildungen Regensburgischer Insecten. Regensburg, H.G. Zunkel/ Weiss, (1766-1779). 3 volumes. 4to (270 x 218mm). With an engraved portrait of the author, 280 beautifully handcoloured engraved plates and 2 engraved vignettes. Contemporary calf, spines in 7 compartments with gilt ornaments and red gilt lettered label (one label with slight damage)
First edition. One of the most beautiful entomological works published during the Golden Period of South German natural history book production. Schaeffer was a clergyman-naturalist, a phenomenon so characteristic of the Enlightenment. He published a number of illustrated natural history works, mostly on insects, but also on birds and fungi of South Germany. The present work describes the insects of South Germany, especially the region around Regensburg. Schaeffer's exact descriptions and fidelity of illustration made this three volume work a mine of information for zoologists and brought it to the attention of scientists and royalty throughout Europe. The delicately handcoloured plates depict over 2000 insects. The plates are printed on both sides of the leaves. Text both in Latin and German. A fine copy of this superbly produced work.
Provenance: Armorial bookplate of Wilfred Lanson and a small circular one of Evert Willem Beth, Rotterdam-Hamburg.
Nissen ZBI, 3629.
Item nr. 9870
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