Vogel-Eier: 25 Original-Vogeleiertafeln in Mehrfarbendruck (=Bird Eggs: 25 original bird's egg chromolithographic plates)

By Naumann, Johann Friedrich

SKU# 18601

$ 250.00

Pp. (1, printed tan wrapper), 25 full page plates of bird eggs by Alexander Reichert from Naturgeschichte der Vögel Mitteleuropas.  Later full dark-green morocco leather, spine with five raised bands, each band is set off by gilt panel lines, the second compartment is lettered in gilt, both covers bordered in gilt lines with decorations at the corners, richly marbled French green endpapers, (original printed tan front wrapper bound in place), folio (15 3/4 x 11 3/4 inches; 40 x 29.5 cm).  Naturgeschichte der Vögel Mitteleuropas is considered the third edition of Naumann’s great 12 volume treatise entitled Naturgeschichte der Vögel Deutschlands originally published in 1820 to 1844.  According to Zimmer (p. 461) a second edition of this work was published in 1860 after the author’s death.  In 1897-1905, a third edition was brought out entitled Naturgeschichte der Vögel Mitteleuropas edited by Carl R. Hennicke.  This third edition contains the same text of original edition but with new material added in square brackets.  The plates are fine chromolithographs.  This final edition is the first to include 48 chromolithographs of European bird eggs from the collection of Eugene Rey.  These bird egg plates by Alexander Reichert were prepared specially for this edition.  Offered here are 25 of the original 48 egg plates from Naturgeschichte der Vögel Mitteleuropas.  These plates are presented in a truly fine binding.  No ownership marks.

Publisher F. Eugen Kohler
Publisher Place Gera-Untermhaus
Date Published 1897-1905
Date Published Estimated No
Edition Third edition
Number of Volumes 1
Reprint No
Condition Near fine
Condition Description A few plates have old cello tape repairs in the margins have that left small brown marks, one plate has a marginal water mark not affecting the image, there is no foxing or browning to the plates, each plate has a printed caption at the bottom; three plates must have lacked captions as they have been added in typescript.  A tight and clean copy in near fine condition.
Limited Edition