14 November 2007
MEIDINGER, Carl von. Icones Piscium Austriae indigenorum. Vienna: Baumeister Press for the Author, 1785-1794.
5 parts in one volume, 2° (456 x 280mm). Titles with hand-coloured engraved vignette of a fishing scene, printed dedication and list of plates in each section, the final part with index and author's note, 50 fine hand-coloured engraved plates by Assner from his own drawings and those of Lachenbauer and Sedelmayer, some heightened with silver and gum arabic. (Two plates slightly trimmed, very light surface soiling to plate 43, small marginal tear to plate 49.) Contemporary marbled boards (rebacked and recornered in calf), original red morocco gilt lettering-pieces on spine and front cover. Provenance: 20th-century pencil annotations.
A FINE COPY OF AN EXTREMELY RARE WORK by the Baron von Meidinger, richly illustrated by Assner's handsome plates. Only three complete copies have appeared in the London salerooms since 1945. This copy bears occasional pencil annotations giving the English names of some of the fish. Nissen ZBI 2771.
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