SCHLEGEL, Hermann (1804-1884)
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Natuurlijke Historie van Nederland. De Visschen.
Amsterdam, G.L. Funke, 1869, octavo (135 x 228 mm), with Plates I-XXI, depicting 103 fish species. Illustrations by Joseph. Smit and lithographes (steendrukken) by Pieter Willem Marinus Trap. Contemporary morocco spine and marbled boards. Spine with a red and black label, gilt lettering. Nissen, ZBI 3686. Provenance: ”Bibliotheek Aloysius-College s-Gravenhage",and "COLL. ALOIS S.J. HAGAN" stamped on title page.
A handsome copy of Schlegel’s excellent ichthyological work.
Illustrations of fish produced from the Renaissance to the nineteenth century are often non-empirical. It was Schlegel who composed guidelines, using the perch (Perca fluviatilis) as example, for creating realistic drawings which can be helpful for a correct determination of the species. A reliable Dutch reference work for contemporary ichthyologists.