Wien, Anton Hartinger & Sohn, 1867. Very large, oblong folded, chromolithographed sheet (58.7 x 71.3 cm) in printed pocket (20.5 x 12 cm).
A very large, instructive and decorative plate, with ample descriptive text, of freshwater fish culture. The centre is an illustration of fish basins; around which other chromolithographed images of fish development, fish predators, piscatorial utensils, etc., etc., are grouped. The author, most probably, is the naturalist, Darwinist, and medical doctor Gustav Eberhard Jäger (1832-1917) whose works include "Das Leben im Wasser und das Aquarium". The illustrator is the Austrian romanticist painter Anton Hartinger (1806-1890), who also published this work. In 1820 Hartinger studied at the Wiener Akademie der bildenden Künste bei Ignaz Strenzel and Sebastian Wegmayr. There he specialized in flower and fruit painting. In 1836 he became editor of the flower and fruit school of the Viennese Academy, from 1843 to 1851 he was a member of the academy. In 1825 he received the Gundel-Price for flower-painting, and in 1829 the Füger-Price. In 1859 he founded a lithography-printing company, which published botanical works and works on agriculture and forestry. He received the title of Royal Court Chromolithographer. A few small spots, otherwise a very good unmarked copy. Very rare.