4to, pp. ‘1-102’ [i.e. 204], , with engraved title and 51 (of 52) hand-coloured copper-engraved plates (the first bound as frontispiece); partially printed on blue paper, pl. LII excised; very slightly foxed, neatly repaired tear to pl. XLI; contemporary half calf with marbled sides in imitation of marbled calf, spine with gilt lettering-pieces on coloured paper, edges speckled green, marbled endpapers; rubbed and bumped at extremities.
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Der Naturfreund, oder naturgeschichtliche Unterhaltungen … neu aufgelegt und fortgesetzt … erster Band, mit illuminirten Abbildungen.
First volume of the second edition of the Naturfreund, a collection of zoological, ornithological, ichthyological, and botanical plates displaying the wildlife familiar to the self-taught engraver Friedrich Gottlob Endler (1763 – 1822) in Silesia. The work was initially published in eleven volumes, each with fifty-two plates, between 1809 and 1824; this second edition was begun in 1828.
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