Rare early modern contributions to herpetology, shells, insects, and more

Martini, [F. H. W.] (ed.)

Beschäftigungen der Berliner Gesellschaft Naturforschender Freunde. Zweeter Band.

Published 1776
Item ID 48527

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Berlin, Joachim Pauli, 1776. 8vo (19.2 x 11.2 cm). Title page with finely engraved vignette; xl, 607 pp.; 14 folded, engraved plates of which ten in original hand-colouring (plates numbered I-XIII, IXA). Original speckled paper covered boards with paper label on the spine. Speckled edges.

Only four volumes of this early natural history (chiefly zoology) periodical were published (1775-1779). All are rare. This volume includes, for instance, Martini's Konchyliologische Rhapsodien with fine, large, double-folded, hand-coloured engravings of a "Korallduplet" ( Pecten) and "Pappiernautilus"; Bloch's work on "Copale mit insekten", i.e., amber with insect inclusions (three plates); Bloch's paper on "Schleicheidexen" ( Lacerta serpens described as new) with one hand-coloured plate; a very large, triple-folded and hand-coloured plate on the skull of a rhinoceros; Meineke's Versuch einer natürlichen Eintheilung der Schmetterlinge, and further contributions by Spengler, Chemnitz, Pallas, Otto Müller, etc., etc. Old private owner's stamp on the front pastedown, otherwise very good, clean.

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