SIEBOLD, Philipp Franz von. Fauna Japonica sive descriptio animalium, quae in itinere per Japoniam...suscepto annis 1823-30 collegit, notis, observationibus et adumbrationibus illustravit. Conjunctis studiis C.J. Temmineck et H. Schlegel pro vertebratis atque W. de Haan pro invertebratis elaborata. Leiden, 1833-1850.
6 vols. bound in 4 (vols. I, II and V bound in one vol.). 2o. [Includes]: Aves. 120 HAND-COLORED LITHOGRAPHED PLATES OF BIRDS after Josef Wolf and Hermann Schlegel (title and pp. 57/58 with perforated stamp, tiny ink stamp on verso of title and on p. 55 scattered light foxing to a few plates). -- Pices. 161 LITHOGRAPHED PLATES (155 HAND-COLORED) OF FISH (title and pp. 197/200 with perforated stamp, tiny ink stamp on verso of title and on p. 55). -- Mammifères. 20 lithographed plates, 16 hand-colored, (title, first leaf and pp. 25/26 with perforated stamp). -- Mammifères marins. 8 (of 10) lithographed plates, 6 hand-colored, (lacks plates 29 and 30). -- Reptilia. 27 lithographed plates and one engraved map (light marginal wear to folding plate of Salamadra Maxima). -- Crustacea. 51 (of 72) lithographed plates (missing plates supplied in facsimile, perforated stamp on 2 text leaves, tiny ink stamp on p. 55). This vol. presumably made up from first edition and facsimile edition (Tokyo, 1934). All uniformly bound in later green half-morocco, spines gilt, g.e., 36 original wrappers bound in at end (few joints cracked, light wear to spine ends and edges, library markings to foot of spines).
FIRST EDITION. "This classic treatise, when complete, is very scarce, partly because it was irregularly issued over a period of 17 years." (McGill/Wood). "This work and Schlegel's Kritische Übersicht der Europäischen Vögel, 1844...appear to be rivals for the honor of constituting the earliest work in which trinimial nomenclature is used in the modern conception for geographic races of species" (Ayer/Zimmer). Siebold (1796-1866), a German physician, natural scientist and orientalist, entered the service of the V.O.C. and spent seven years in Japan between 1823 and 1830, returning later between 1859 and 1862. His wide-ranging studies added enormously to European knowledge of the country. Ayer/Zimmer 592; Copenhagen/Anker 504; McGill/Wood 568; Nissen IVB 877; Nissen ZBI 3848. (4)