Joseph Ritter von Russegger (1802-1862)
[Reisen in Europa, Asien und Afrika, mit besonderer Rücksicht auf die naturwissenschaftlichen Verhältnisse der betreffenden Länder, unternommen in den Jahren 1835 bis 1841. Stuttgart: E. Schweizerbart, no date, but 1841-1849]. 2° (549 x 370mm). Atlas vol. only, without title or text. 56 leaves of lithographic plates, charts and maps, 19 double-page, 14 hand-coloured, after Russegger and others. (Occasional light spotting.) Contemporary blue morocco-backed marbled boards, spine in six compartments with raised bands, lettered in gilt in the second and fourth, the bands with decorative tooling in gilt.
A RARE WORK, INCLUDING SOME OF THE EARLIEST GEOLOGICAL MAPS OF THE AREA. The plates and maps are made up as follows:
1. 28 topographical views on 14 leaves, uncoloured lithographs by von Federer, 16 signed as being after Ahmed Efendi
2. 20 botanical plates on 10 leaves, uncoloured lithographs, 19 after Dr. Bill, one after Dr. Putterlich
3. 22 plates of fish on 11 leaves, uncoloured lithographs, one after Dr. Bill, 11 after J. Zehner, the others unsigned
4. One plate of fossilized fish, tinted lithograph, on a smaller quarto format sheet (as published) tipped onto a guard (387 x 286mm)
5. 2 plates of beetles on 1 leaf, hand-coloured lithographs, one signed as by Fahrmbacher after Mann, printed by Jo. Hofelich
6. 7 double-page charts of geological profiles and strata, hand-coloured lithographs
7. 6 double-page charts of geological maps, hand-coloured lithographs, after Russegger
8. 6 double-page maps, uncoloured lithographs
The complete record of Russegger's travels between 1835 and 1841 were published in four octavo text volumes (normally bound in six) and accompanied by the present atlas. The text volumes included contributions from E. Fenzl (botany), L. Redtenbacher (entomology) and J. J. Heckel. Russegger was essentially a geologist and it is this area that is particularly well represented in the present atlas volume. Included are five wide-ranging maps of areas that had not been recorded in any great detail by earlier geologists: Syria, Nubia, Egypt, Sudan and Arabia Petraea. Cf. BM (NH) IV, p.1768; cf. Bradley Bibliography I, p.480 (under Fenzl); Brunet IV, 1465; cf. Stafleu & Cowan I, 1765 (under Fenzl).