A surprisingly rare and colourful natural history atlas

[Anonymous naturalist]

Naturhistorischer Atlas. Zu Kaisers sowie zu jeder anderen Naturgeschichte. Enthaltend: zahlreiche Abbildungen zum Gebrauche für den anschaulichen naturgeschichtlichen Unterricht in Land- und Bürgerschulen. Dritte Auflage.

Published 1875
Item ID 68957

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Langensalza, Hermann Beyer, [N.D. but ca. 1875]. Oblong folio (42.0 x 34.0 cm). Printed front wrapper, and twelve chromolithographed plates. Contemporary blind, green, pebbled quarter cloth over marbled boards. Later paper label with gilt title mounted on the front board.

A colourful atlas that went through nine printings up to 1885, but is quite rare nonetheless. Perhaps it was used only very locally. There is no indication of authorship. Four plates show the vegetable kingdom, one plate marine invertebrates (the shells in reverse), one plate insects, one plate fish and reptiles including snakes, crocodiles, etc., two plates show birds, and three plates mammals. Boards rubbed, the insect-plate with a large tear (repaired), the margins somewhat soiled; otherwise a good copy. Not in any major bibliography.

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