19 December 2002
MAXIMILIAN ZU WIED-NEUWIED, Prince (1782-1867). Reise nach Brasilien in den Jahren 1815 bis 1817. Frankfurt: Heinrich Ludwig Brönner, 1820-21.
2 volumes text, 4o (302 x 250 mm) and 2 portfolios with plates, 2o (520 x 390 mm). 19 engraved plates in text volumes (chapter vignettes, printed on separate leaves), 22 engraved plates (5 hand-colored) and 3 maps (one folding). Text bound in original paper covered boards, spines with printed title and decoration, uncut (light wear to spine ends and minor spotting to covers), portfolios in original printed paper boards, with silk ties (light spotting and minor soiling). Provenance: Lauterbach (early ink stamp on title and small red morocco label on spines); Carlos R. Linga (bookplate).
FIRST EDITION. Prince Maximilian's expedition to Brazil with the naturalists George Freyreiss and Friedrich Sellow was "from a scientific point of view... one of the most profitable of the nineteenth century. The enormous zoological collections which were assembled are today in the American Museum of Natural History of New York, acquired in 1872... When the work first appeared copies were sold for one thousand francs, an extravant sum at that time." Borba de Moraes, p. 544; Palau 158782; Sabin 47018. (4)
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