Oecon. Naturgeschichte der Fische/d. ausländ. Fische. 5 Text- u. 4 Tafelbde. Zus. 9 Bde. 1782-87.
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Bloch, M. E., Oeconomische Naturgeschichte der Fische. 3 parts in 3 text- and 2 plate vols. - Continuation: Naturgeschichte der ausländischen Fische. Parts I-III in 2 text- and 2 plate vols. Together 5 text- and 4 plate vols. With 2 engr. titles, 6 engr. title vignettes and together 216 copper plates in old coloring. Berlin, self-published and H. Hesse 1782-87. Contemp. half calf with 2 labels (spine with monogr. "GvS Blumberg"). Small 4to. (5 vols.) and oblong folio.
Nissen, Zool. 415. - Nissen, Fischb. p. 57. - Engelmann p. 431. - Wood p. 244. - Agassiz I, 319, 4 and 5. - Complete piece of the renowned ichthyological publication, with the fine fish illustrations in most splendid old coloring, partly silver-, egg white- or gilt heightened. "The ichthyological main work of the [18th] century, which, even if the foreign types have not been made after the most accurate models, illustrates domestic fish in an excellent manner" (ADB II, 707f.). - "This monumental work with illustrations marks .. an important part of ichthyological iconography." (Nissen, Fischb. p. 24) - At hand is the complete 'Oeconomische Naturgeschichte der Fische' as well as the first 3 parts of the continuation 'Naturgeschichte der ausländischen Fische' in 9 parts. - With isolated thumbing, 3 plates stronger, coppers in first plate vol. trimmed to plate in right margin because of the size, title ll. and 2 plates with 1-2 small library stamps. Bindings somewhat rubbed, spine ends mostly restored. Very nice and clean copy with splendid and accurately colored illustrations of fish. - With ex-libris of library 'Gräflich von Redern'.