Zurich: L'Art Ancien S.A.,Antiquariat; München: Robert Wölfle, Antiquariat; Olten: Weiss-Hesse, Antiquariat, 1968. One of 200 sets. According to the colophon in the text volume, 100 of the copies were in German and 100 were in English, though a search of OCLC mentions only German language copies and reports six in North America (Cornell University, The California Academy of Sciences, Harvard, National Library of Medicine in Maryland, The University of Wisconsin, and Noble and Greenough School in Massachusetts), all of which seem to be in German. Illustrated zoological leaves from sixty different books with engravings, woodcuts, and lithographs of a variety of animals, including two incunable leaves and others, some of which have been hand-colored, each matted, fully labeled, and laid into a linen slipcase. Occasional minor foxing, light toning, soiling and offsetting to leaves. A fine set of leaves in a slightly worn clamshell case. This item is accompanied by a quarto text volume, 108, [+1, colophon] pp., with errata slip. It has black-lettered orange wrappers and is placed in a pocket on the inside of the case. Large folio, 19 " x 14 " Item #17273
The incunable leaves are from Ortus Sanitatis (Jacob Meydenbach, Mainz, 1491) and Ortus Sanitatis (Johann Prüß um, Straßburg, 1497-1499). Other works represented include Plinius' Bücher und Schrifften von Natur...(1598), Albin's A Natural History of Birds (1731-38), Pennant's British Zoology (1776), Bewick's The Figures of British land Birds (1800), Edward's A Natural History of Birds (1802-1805), and Audubon's The Birds of America (1840).
Claus Nissen (1901-1975) was a bibliographer and writer on natural history. His books Die Botanische Buchillustration (1951-1952), Die zoologische Buchillustration (1969), and Kräuterbücher aus funf Jahrhunderten (1956) are classics in their fields.