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ROESEL VON ROSENHOF, August Johann (1705-1759). Historia naturalis Ranarum nostratium .... Die natürliche Historie der Frösche hiesigen Landes. Nuremberg: Johann Joseph Fleischmann, [1753-] 1758.
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ROESEL VON ROSENHOF, August Johann (1705-1759). Historia naturalis Ranarum nostratium .... Die natürliche Historie der Frösche hiesigen Landes. Nuremberg: Johann Joseph Fleischmann, [1753-] 1758.

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ROESEL VON ROSENHOF, August Johann (1705-1759). Historia naturalis Ranarum nostratium .... Die natürliche Historie der Frösche hiesigen Landes. Nuremberg: Johann Joseph Fleischmann, [1753-] 1758.

2° (435 x 294mm). Half-title, hand-coloured engraved frontispiece after Roesel by M. Tyroff, text in parallel columns in Latin and German, 24 hand-coloured engraved plates by and after Roesel, each accompanied by an anatomical key plate, 8 large engraved headpieces after Roesel, C. Harrich and J. J. Preissler. (Some light soiling, mainly at margins, plate XVI slightly more soiled than the rest, the uncoloured version with two small stains, old paper repair to outer margin of E1 and I1.) Contemporary French green morocco, triple gilt fillet, spine lettered in one compartment, the rest with gilt floral tooling, marbled endpapers, gilt turn-ins, pink silk riboon marker (light scuff marks to covers, joints and corners rubbed). Provenance: sold Christie's London, 17 March 1999, lot 163.

ONE OF THE GREAT WORKS OF AMPHIBIOLOGY, introduced by a fine frontispiece and preface by Alfred von Haller. All the then known species of frogs and toads indigenous to the locality of Nuremberg are depicted on the plates, and their evolution from the tiny tadpole is the subject of careful study. Wood describes the work as 'one of the classics of amphibiology. The illustrations are of the finest, and the whole work is admirably done ... altogether a very valuable, early contribution to the literature of the batrachia.' Nissen ZBI 3464; Wood 541.
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