ROESEL VAN ROSENHOF, A.J.
De Natuurlyke Historie der Insecten; Voorzien met naar 't Leven getekende en gekoleurde Plaaten.
Volgens eigen ondervinding beschreeven ... Met zeer nutte en fraaie Aanmerkingen verrykt, door C.F.Kleemann. Uit den echten Hoogduitschen Druk ... vertaald. Haarlem en Amsterdam, C.H. Bohn en H. de Wit, (1764-1788). 4 volumes (bound in 8) and supplement. Large-4to (275 x 220mm). With 3 handcoloured engraved frontispieces, 1 engraved portrait of Rösel and 385 handcoloured engraved plates (printed on 314 leaves). Contemporary half calf, spine with gilt lines and red and brown gilt lettered labels, marbled sides.
A nice uniformly bound copy, including the rare supplement. This Dutch edition is more attractive than the original German edition, which was published in Nuremberg from 1746-1792. The Dutch edition is printed on almost twice as large, much thicker, paper, and has far better colouring. The translation was made by C. Kleemann, the son-in-law of the author. He added new material and the excellent colouring of the plates is by him and his wife Katharina Barbara Roesel von Rosenhof. "Roesel, who studied at first with his father and then with his uncle Wilhelm, an animal painter in Merseburg, later became a pupil of the famous Preisler in Nuremberg. After living in Copenhagen from 1726 to 1728 he returned to Nuremberg for good, and there, besides painting portraits and drawings, he applied himself in particular to the study of nature. He collected insects, their eggs and larvae, studied the process of hatching, pupation, and emergence, and painted all this in a most meticulous way, as Kleeman tells us. His manuscripts, with 406 illustrations, are now in the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek in Munich. Roesel also made the engravings of his drawings ..." (Nissen, 'Bestiaries'). The extremely rare supplement contains 240 pages and 26 plates. Landwehr mentions 3 states of the supplement with at most 192 pages and 26 plates. No title to the supplement was published. Volume II part 1 with some slight staining towards the end. Nissen ZBI, 3467; Landwehr, Studies in Dutch books with coloured plates, 161.
Item nr. 9948
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