SCHINZ, Heinrich Rudolf (1777-1861) and Karl Joseph BRODTMANN (1787-1862)

Naturgeschichte und Abbildungen der Fische

Weidmann, Leipzig, 1836. Small folio, 312, VIII, with 97 colour lithograph plates finished by hand. Drawings and lithography by the famous artist Joseph Brodtman (1787-1862). Contemporary boards with renewed spine. Text with slight foxing, The plates are bright and virtually without foxing. Four plates with unoffensive marginal fingermarks. Schinz (1777-1861), a Swiss scientist, was a first-class populariser of zoology, capable of producing beautifully illustrated books about animals, in particular on fishes.

An attractive copy with contemporary freshly colouring of images.

Schinz made an extensive study of colour-plate books by Bloch, Cuvier & Valenciennes, Bonaparte, Rüpell and others. The images of these books were used as models for his own colourful drawings. About 320 fishes were depicted. European as well as tropical species were described. The Linnean taxonomic system was respectfully followed by Schinz. The names of the species are given in German, Latin and French. Literature references are credited in the descriptions of the images. Nissen, Schöne Fischbücher, 1951, nr. 115.

Price: € 3500

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