Johann Leonhard FrischHauptart It is with more than our usual enthusiasm that we present these beautiful original hand colored copper engravings from the exceedingly rare first edition of Vorstellung der Vogel in Teutschland und Beylaugffig auch Einiger Fremden, mit Ihren Eigenschaften Beschrieben…und Nach Iheren Naturlichen Farben by Johann Leonhard Frisch, consisting of 256 hand colored plates in its entirety. We have looked for this work for over 10 years, during which time we have only seen a few prints from it. We rate it one of the top 10 ornithological works of all time and the first great German bird book. Fine Bird Books, rarely generous with praise, accords it the 3 stars given to only a few works and declares in the usual understated manner �One of the most enjoyable of all bird books and rare�. Johann Leonhard Frisch (1666-1743) began publishing the work in 1733. It was completed after his death in 1763 by his sons, Leopold Frisch, who wrote the text, and Ferdinand Helfreich, who together with Philip Jakob Frisch, engraved and coloured the plates. The last 30 plates were by Johann�s grandson Johann Christoph Frisch. The work is divided into twelve parts for the different bird families, and covers European and some exotic species.
Johann Leonhard Frisch had a diverse career, starting as a... read more