Leiden, A. Arnz, -1850 [REPRINT Tokyo, after 1945]. Folio (37.0 x 29.2 cm; box size: 45 x 32.5 x 10 cm). Decorated title page, 2, 345 pp.; 161 mostly coloured plates. Original half calf over red cloth boards. Spine with six raised bands, rich gilt compartments and gilt title. Top edge gilt. Preserved in a burgundy cloth clamshell box with printed title (in Japanese) on marbled paper, pasted on the top board, and a second label tipped in inside on the bottom.
A fine fascimile reprint of the original edition (Lugduni Batavorum, 1842-1850) which was written by Von Siebold in collaboration with Schlegel and Temminck. The latter two authors are usually regarded as authors of the new species described herein. This edition was edited by S. Tanaka. It is not the Matsumura, 1934 edition, but a second - excellent - reprint. The plates are of great quality and the entire volume is in near fine condition. This publication was limited to 350 copies and sold out fast; it is very hard to find now and should not be confused with a later reprint. The colour plates, a fine example of Japanese multicolour printing, have been checked against the originals and found to be identical. Cordier, p. 480; Dean II, p. 448; Nissen ZBI, 3848.