Crisp example with twelve bright hand-coloured plates.
Ledermüller himself produced the drawings for this study, his second book, after the botanical artist Fossier. The plates depict microscopal views of plants, including the iris, rose, and ranunculus, alongside images of their component parts. Their rendering in bright colour and vivd detail has led Rautenberg to describe the book as the most beautifully decorated work in Ledermüller’s oeuvre (‘Beitr. alter Naturwiss. Werke’, V).
Ledermüller (1719-69) was a German physician, lawyer, self-taught naturalist and keeper of the natural history collection of the Margrave of Brandenburg-Colmbach. He began his microscopical studies under the direction of Dr Christoph Jacob Trew, a wealthy physician and keen botanist. In 1763 he published his first book Mikroskopische Gemüths- und Augen-Ergötzung, a manual for the amateur microscopist with engravings of plant, animal, and inorganic objects seen through a microscope.
First edition. Folio (40 x 29.5cm). Hand-coloured title with rococo border engraved by Wirsing after Ledermüller, pp. 48, text in two columns in German and French, with 12 hand-coloured plates engraved by Wirsing after Ledermüller; light and small waterstain to lower margin of a few leaves. Contemporary half-calf over marbled boards, spine with raised bands and red title-label, speckled edges; joints and edges rubbed, top of spine chipped.
Nissen BBI, 1160; Hunt 581.
Stock ID: 90122