RARE !8th Century First Edition Engraving "Heron" by Johann Leonhard Frisch, circa 1733-1763RARE !8th Century First Edition Engraving "Heron" by Johann Leonhard Frisch, circa 1733-1763RARE !8th Century First Edition Engraving "Heron" by Johann Leonhard Frisch, circa 1733-1763RARE !8th Century First Edition Engraving "Heron" by Johann Leonhard Frisch, circa 1733-1763RARE !8th Century First Edition Engraving "Heron" by Johann Leonhard Frisch, circa 1733-1763RARE !8th Century First Edition Engraving "Heron" by Johann Leonhard Frisch, circa 1733-1763RARE !8th Century First Edition Engraving "Heron" by Johann Leonhard Frisch, circa 1733-1763

This first edition, originally hand-colored engraving is from Johann Leonhard Frisch's Vorstellung der Vogel in Teutschland und Beylaugffig auch Einiger Fremden, mit Ihren Eigenschaften Beschrieben…und Nach Iheren Naturlichen Farben. The engravings are on chain-linked, watermarked paper. The work was published in 1733 and completed posthumously in 1763 by his sons and Ferdinand Helfreich. It is considered the first great German bird book. Fine Bird Books refers to it as “One of the most enjoyable of all bird books and rare”.

Johann Leonhard Frisch led a varied career including being a singer, minister, interpreter for the German army, and a headmaster at a Berlin school. His academic pursuits interested him in natural history and to form a Cabinet of Curiosities from which the illustrations for the work were often drawn. Frisch is credited by some with the discovery of the color 'Prussian blue', and was responsible for the planting of mulberries on the ramparts of Berlin in a successful attempt to produce silk.

Size: 13 1/2 by 9 inchers.

Artist: Johann Leonhard Frisch

Medium: Originally Hand-colored Engraving .on chain-linked, watermarked paper.

Date
1733-1763

Condition: This work is in Very Good to Excellent Antique Condition with better overall condition than you would expect from an object of substantial age that has been displayed/handled/used, usually over the lifetimes of several owners

Literature: Vorstellung der Vogel in Teutschland und Beylaugffig auch Einiger Fremden, mit Ihren Eigenschaften Beschrieben…und Nach Iheren Naturlichen Farben.


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ITEM ID
Frisch Engraving-825
AGE
18th Century
THEME
Birds
MEDIA
Engraving
GENRE
Early European Works of Art
ORIGIN
Germany • German
ITEM TYPE
Antique

RARE !8th Century First Edition Engraving "Heron" by Johann Leonhard Frisch, circa 1733-1763

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