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Great Auk Eggs; property of Mr. T. G. Middlebrook, sold at auction 1895 and 1897 for 180 and 280 Guineas, respectively.  Fine original Chromolithograph. Folio (9.5 x 12 inches). Large in format and tailored, orderly and refined, this plate was printed in colors in up to twelve stones to depict both the varying richness and subtle tones of the eggs of the birds of Great Britain and Ireland. Classified as an Oology, or a study of eggs and here elegantly rendered by zoologist and ornithological illustrator, Frederick William Frohawk (English: 1861-1946), finely detailed paintings of eggs blossomed during the Victorian period to satisfy an ever increasing thirst for knowledge of the abundance of nature and for glorious depictions of the natural world. (Wood. 274) British Bird Eggs: Great Auk (Extinct Species).
Frohawk, FW.

Price: $175.00

Very Good. Two volumes complete. Six parts bound in two, with 190 superb original hand-colored copperplate engravings. Quarto (8.75 x 11.25 inches, 22.2 x 28.6 cm). Three quarter calf . Speckled ochre paper over boards. Gilt-tooled spine with five raised bands. Gilt lettering on red and green toned calf set in second and third panels.  Uniform to both volumes. Paper loss to boards however the spine is handsome and binding sound.  The 190 hand-colored copperplate engravings of shells are richly painted with absolutely no offset or foxing to the plates. A beautiful collection all around. Translated: GW Knorr' s delight of the eyes and the spirit, or Collection of allerley known Horns and scallops, which are depicted in its own colors VOLUME I:  Pp. [4], 118, plus 90 hand-colored copperplate engravings. (Organized thus: First Part; c. 1770, title-page, [intro], pp. 1-44, plates #1-30. Second Part; c. 1772, title-page, pp. 45-82, plates # 1-30, pl. 27 precedes pl. 26. Third Part; c. 1772, title-page, pp. 83-118, plates #1-30, plates 21 & 22 and 26 & 27, pl. 22 precedes pl. 21, and pl. 27 precedes pl. 26.) VOLUME II: Pp. 117, plus 100 hand-colored copperplate engravings. (Organized thus: Fourth Part; c. 1773, title-page, pp. 1-34, plates #1-30. Pl. 2 precedes pl. 1 and pl. 7 precedes pl. 6. Fifth Part; c. 1774, title-page, pp. 35-62, plates #1-30. Pl. #6 & 7, 16 & 17 and 26 & 27, bound in opposition . Sixth Part; title-page, pp. 63-117, plates #1-40. Also includes; The Systematic Arrangement of Horns and Shells, and Alphabetical Register.  This Dutch edition was not issued with the hand-colored frontispiece, as were the French and German editions, therefore it is complete. Each volume has four armorial bookplates from members of the family Oates: Jo, Edward, William Edward and Robert Washington Oates on the first four leaves. Robert Washington Oates (1874-1958) funded the Oates Museum, which commemorates the life and work of The Reverend Gilbert White (1720-1793), author of the renowned work The Natural History and Antiquities of Selborne). Georg Wolfgang Knorr (1705-61), a dedicated painter and engraver of natural subjects, earned the attention and respect of the celebrated Nuremberg doctor and Patron of the Arts, Christoph Jakob Trew, association with whom was a merit of excellence and achievement.  The complete title of this fabulous conchology is "G. W. Knorr's Enjoyment for the Eyes and for the Mind or Collection of many well known horns and shells in their original colors: now examined, improved, continued, and published with a whole new Low-German [Dutch] description." During the 18th and early 19th centuries, shell collecting was a near obsession with European Aristocracy as well as Naturalists. The Dutch, in particular, were passionate collectors of the newly discovered natural curiosities acquired from around the globe. This work documents and illustrates the vast array of the private holdings, with the name of each collector engraved beneath his or her own shell. In addition, the Dutch produced some of most lavish color plate volumes of the era.  And although this work first appeared in both French and German editions, this Dutch edition features the richest coloration, which mirrors the actual specimens from which they were produced. (Dance p. 217; Blunt and Stearn p. 168; Buchanan, Nature into Art p. 189-191). Verzameling van Allerley bekende Hoorens en Schulpen.
Knorr, Georg Wolfgang.

Price: $22,000.00

Near Fine. Duodecimo (10 x 15.5 cm) Full calf. Gilt fillets and corner rosettes to boards. Spine ornamented with gilt florets and arabesques in six panels with five raised bands.  Gilt lettering set in second toned panel. Marbled fore-edge and endpapers. Former owner's signature dated 1895 on verso of ffl. Minor edge wear.  83 pp., frontispiece, 8 color-lithographed plates with tissue guards. Illustrated with duo-toned silhouette plates printed in umber and black. From Professor Church, Lately Professor of Latin at University College, London, a beautifully illustrated miniature edition, penned for 'young scholars just set to work on Homer and Virgil'.  A delicate yet handsome introduction to these two classical poems. The Stories of The Iliad & The Æneid.
Alfred J. Church, M.A.

Price: $225.00

The Northern Lapwing, Peewit or Green Plover, illustrated here with Alba variant. Species: Tringa Vanellus, Gavia Vulgaris (Varius Alba). An elegant and original hand-colored copperplate engraving by Jan Christiaan Sepp, in fine condition with strong contemporary (period) hand coloring.  Elegantly framed in triple rag mat with malachite burl molding. Folio. 37.5 x 54 cm, 14.75 x 21.25 inches. PM: 28 x 39.4 cm, 11 1/8 x 15 5/8 inches. Frame dimensions: 55.88 x 68.58 cm, 22 x 27 inches. Cornelis Nozeman, (1721-1786) a Dutch clergyman passionately interested in ornithology, created what has become recognized as the finest and most comprehensive ornithological work of eighteenth century Netherlands: Nederlandsche Vogelen. This lavish and costly production was the first to document the avifauna of the Netherlands- territory which at the time included Belgium. Gloriously illustrated with 250 elegantly hand-colored copperplate engravings by Jan Christiaan Sepp (1739-1811), the 5 volume work was completed in parts and published by naturalists Martinus Houttuyn, and subsequently C.J. Temminck after the deaths of Nozeman and Sepp. Notwithstanding the absence of high realism, the merit of this work lies in the understated elegance of the compositions. As stated by Sacheverell Sitwell in his Fine Bird Books: "It is a work of "Confucian" Holland when the Dutch, like flies in amber, lived in a provincial vacuum and were left over from another age." Elegant, ornamental and refined, a fabulous composition from the definitive work on the avifauna of eighteenth century Holland. Nissen IVB 684; Anker 369; Ayer/Zimmer, p. 469; Fine Bird Books 98 Tringa Vanellus, Gavia Vulgaris (Varius Alba).(Northern Lapwing, Peewit, or Green Plover) Nederlandsche Vogelen.
Nozeman, Cornelis and Sepp, Jan Christiaan.

Price: $2,500.00

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