A herpetological rarity with great hand-coloured plates

Knorr, G.

Delices de la nature ou choix de tout ce que les trois regnes de la nature renferment de plus digne des recherches d'un curieux, pour en former un cabinet ouvrage communiqué ci-devant au public par Georg Wolfgang Knorr célébre graveur de Nuremberg continué par ses héritiers avec les descriptions et remarques de Philippe Louis Statius Müller ... revû, corrigé et augmenté d'une préface par Mr. Jean Ernest Emanuel Walch ...traduit de l'allemand par Jaques Frederic Isenflamm. [Amphibiens, lézards, serpens].

Published 1779
Item ID 68653

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Nuremberg, les héritiers de feu G. W. Knorr, 1779. Folio (46.5 x 33.0 cm). Six very beautiful hand-coloured engraved plates, in portfolio.

This is a selection of plates from the herpetological section of the rare first edition of the large format Deliciae Naturae Selectae oder auserlesenes Naturaliencabinet, or the French printing of the same. It is a rare, truly great and sumptuously illustrated German natural history book from the Golden Age of southern German printing. The plates depict turtles, tortoises, and lizards from mainly tropical regions. The plates are numbered L., L.I, L.III to L.VI, thus forming the start of the herpetology, but without L.II. The plates were painted by Johann Christoph Keller, Christian Leinberger and others. The engravings are of a very high standard and the original colouring is simply beautiful, being lively, bright, and scientifically correct. A very nice clean set. Nissen ZBI, 2227; Ludwig, p. 304 and 346-347 and colour plate XLVI; Dance, A History of Shell Collecting, p. 78-79.

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