Book Condition: Very Good+
Edition: First Edition; First Printing; Signed by Notable Personage, Unrelated
Publisher: Augspurg und Ulm: Johann Andreas Pfeffel, Kaiserlicher Hof-Kupferstecher in Augspurg, 1731-1735.
Erste - Vierdte Abtheilung incl. Of Vorbericht and Verzeichnis der Auctorum bound in five volumes, all regular and extra plates present as specified in Nissen, I. -V. Theil: Vol. I: 28 leaves, 276 pp; Vol. 2: 4 leaves, pp 277-672, 1 leaf; Vol. 3: 5 leaves, 572 pp, 1 leaf; Vol. 4: 1 leaf, pp 573-1140, 1 leaf; Vol. 5: 5 leaves, first one separated but present, pp 1141-1426, 40 leaves.
Nissen 3659; Mainly as Faber du Faur 1855; Felfe, Naturgeschichte als kunstvolle Synthese.
Impeccable one-family provenance including the Prime Minister of Denmark, Ove Høegh-Guldberg (1731-1808) signature and Danish language inscription in volume 1 by his wife, Lucie Emmerentze Høegh-Guldberg dated 1794, their book label dated 1769. Høegh-Guldberg was said to have run Denmark partly behind the scenes because of his crazy King [; A Royal Affair, a Danish movie of 2012, partially covers both characters].
The German translation of the Physica Sacra, concurrently published in Latin, is Scheuchzer's famous scientific commentary on the Bible with overall 762 plates on cosmography, paleontology, zoology, botany, anatomy. The Kupfer-Bibel showcases the state of lexicography and of philological methods in the early eighteenth century and provides a select bibliography of recent publications on these subjects. Scheuchzer, 1672-1733, Swiss scholar, physician, chair of physics, professor in mathematics, credited for being one of the fathers of paleontology, passed away two years prior to the publication of the final volume, a publication process of overall eleven years. The sketches are the work of the artist Johann Melchior Füssli, numerous engravers of the time took part.
A beautiful presentation of a rare and important set, revitalizing the splendor of Baroque chalcography. In a retrospective binding of mottled calf. Full gilt spine with titles tooled on red Morocco, head bands sewn in German style colored linen on double core. Tooled in gold fillet wheels with repeating floral design. A Very Good+ presentation indeed.