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- Published: Nürnberg
- Published date: 1746
- Type: Book
- Bibliography: Nissen, ZBI 3466-3466c; Horn/Sch. 18267
- Stock number: 34905
- Condition: The engravings in attractive contemporary colouring. All plates folded to a text sheet on the left side, slightly creased here and there on the right margin or trimmed close to the framing line. In vol. Plates 3 and 4 and text slightly or more heavily foxed or browned in places, one text leaf with a tear. Occasionally small defects in the joints. Rubbed and bumped. 1 plate is missing.
First (- fourth) part. (Part 4 described and edited by C. F. C. Kleemann). 4 vols. Nbg., Fleischmann for d. Author or Rösel Erben (Tl. 4), 1746-61. 4°. With 1 portrait of Rösels v. Kleemann after von der Smissen, d. G. Windter, 3 color. copper tit. after Gabler u. 285 (st. 286) partly found. colour. copperplate of the author Ldr. i.e. Zt. with Rverg. u. Rsch., cover with blind embossing. (3) and Hldr. i.e. Zt. (part 4). First edition of one of the best known and most beautiful entomolog. Works from the 18th century, continued by his son-in-law Kleemann after Rösel's death (1759). – Vol. 1: 121 illustrations on 78 plates. Vol. 2: 75 (st. 76) plates. Vol. 3: 101 illustrations on 92 plates. Plates 90 and 91 printed in colour. Vol. 4: 40 plates – Text collation: Vol. 1: 24 ll., 64 pp., 4 ll., 60 pp., 4 ll., 64 pp., 4 ll., 312 pp., 4 ll., 48, 48 p.., 12 ll. Reg. Vol. 2: 4 ll., 72, 28, 16 pp., 2 ll., 32 pp., 4 ll., 76, 200, 64, 52 pp., 10 ll. Reg. Vol. 3: 4 ll., 624 pp., 4 ll. Reg. Vol. 4: 6 ll., 48, 264 pp., 2 ll. – In vol. 2 at the beginning of the chapter "Erd-Kefer 1st Class" the plate V is missing. First edition of the,Der monatlich-hrsg. Insecten-Belustigung...' (Insect Entertainment), which is one of the most oustanding published entomological works of the eighteenth century. August Johann Rösel von Rosenhof (1705-1759) was a talented engraver and miniature painter in Nürnberg. Rösel von Rosenhof has engraved and drawn the plates himself. Overall a very well preserved set of these four volumes bound in contemporary full leather bindings of the period. All engraved plates throughout in fine hand coloring of the period, occasionally the paper or plates minor browned or toned. Illustrated with 3 fine engraved allegoric title pages, the engraved portait of Rosenhof in volume four and a total 285 (286) hand colored, partly folded engraved plates. Lacking plate V (Erd-kefer erster KLasse) depicting insects among them beautiful engraved butterflies, caterpillars, beetles, haystacks, dragonflies and many other species. Volume four was published 1761 two years after Rösel's death by his son in law C. Kleemann. He also was working as a miniature painter in Nürnberg. The bindings minor rubbed at the corners & edges, overall very good.
Nissen, ZBI 3466-3466c; Horn/Sch. 18267