Item #16263 Vogelbilder aus fernen Zonen. Abbildungen und Beschreibungen der Papageien. Anton REICHENOW.
Vogelbilder aus fernen Zonen. Abbildungen und Beschreibungen der Papageien.
Vogelbilder aus fernen Zonen. Abbildungen und Beschreibungen der Papageien.
Vogelbilder aus fernen Zonen. Abbildungen und Beschreibungen der Papageien.

Vogelbilder aus fernen Zonen. Abbildungen und Beschreibungen der Papageien.

Kassel: Theodor Fischer, 1878-1883. Folio. [v], 33, [4] leaves. Complete with contents and list of species, notes, supplements, corrections, and 33 chromolithograph plates finished by hand after Gustav Mützel. Publisher’s cloth, blind-stamped and gilt, rebacked with the original spine laid down, covers worn around edges; text lightly stained with some offsetting from tissue guards and a few paper tears repaired with tape, plates are mostly clean and bright. From the James Dolan collection.
Inside the volume are 2 separate plates: 1. A colored specimen plate of Ara Gosse signed by Joseph Smit (1836-1929), the famous Dutch zoological illustrator; and 2. A hand-colored original drawing of a female moustached parakeet with written notes describing the physical attributes, colors and markings, possibly by Reichenow or Mutzel or Smit. Item #16263

First edition of the first and most comprehensive classification of parrots by origin and species from throughout the world, with brilliant illustrations by Mützel. The plates depict various parrots in their natural surroundings organized by family. The work is especially known for the accuracy of the drawing as well as for the monumental presentation of the 258 species of parrots.

Reichenow (1847-1941) was the most prominent German ornithologist of his day, being an expert of African birds and parrots. He worked at the Humboldt Museum from 1874 to 1921 and was editor of the Journal für Ornithologie from 1894 to 1921. A number of birds are named after him, including Reichenow's woodpecker.

Mützel (1839 –1893) was a German painter and draftsman specializing in animal subjects. Born in Berlin, he studied at the School of Beaux-Arts there. Among his best-known works are the illustrations for Brehm’s Lives of the Animals.

Price: $5,500.00

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