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Birds of prey of German and surrounding countries, with 60 chromolithographed plates

RIESENTHAL, Oskar von.
Die Raubvögel Deutschlands und des angrenzenden Mitteleuropas.
Cassel, Theodor Fischer (back of title-page: L. Döll), 1876[-1878]. 2 volumes (8vo text and large portfolio). Text volume with a few wood engraved illustrations in text (1 full-page) and 5 lithographed plates; portfolio with 60 chromolithographed plates printed by Theodor Fischer after paintings and drawings by the author (paper size: ca. 40 x 29 cm). Original publisher's green blind- and gold-stamped cloth, text volume with the title on spine and front board, portfolio with the title and a bird on the front. XXI, [1 blank], [1], [1 blank], 522, [1], [1 blank], [1], [1 blank] pp.
€ 3,500
First edition of a richly illustrated work on birds of prey living in Germany and nearby countries, written by the German forester and ornithologist Oskar von Riesenthal (1830-1898). The text volume describes various birds of prey, including owls, arranged according to their taxonomic classification and describing their appearances, reproduction, habitat, hunt, etc. The chromolithographed plates depict most of these birds, frequently showing both male and female of a young bird as well, with both their Latin and German name at the bottom. Two plates are devoted to falconry equipment like gloves and head caps.
Title-page browned, occasionally some faint foxing; only a few plates very slightly foxed. Binding of text volume rubbed along the extremities, hinges crack; portfolio somewhat worn along the extremities. Anker 422; Nissen, IVB 782; Zimmer II, p. 525-526.
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