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DIETZSCH, BARBARA REGINA.
Sammlung meistens Deutscher Vögel, gemahlt von Jungfer Barbara Regina Dietzschin, gestochen und herausgegeben durch Adam Ludwig Wirsing, beschrieben und mit einer Vorrede begleitet von D. Benedict Christian Vogel/ Collection d'Oiseaux pour la pluspart d'Allemagne peintes par ...
Nürnberg, gedruckt auf Kosten Adam Ludwig Wirsings, 1772- (ca. 1800). Large folio (433 x 285mm). 2 parts. Leaves 24; 22; pp. (2), vi, pp. 60, with 106 (of 108) spendidly handcoloured engraved plates. Recent red morocco, richly gilt ornamented spine with green gilt lettered label, sides with gilt borders.

The most splendid illustrated publication on German birds published in the 18th century and an extremely rare book. Since the middle of the last century only 2 copies, including the present one, have been offered for sale. One copy offered for sale by Hauswedell & Nolte in 1980 (auction 233 no. 234) lacking likewise 2 plates and the present copy, Sotheby's 7th June 1982 no. 25a, lacking 3 plates (1 plate has been supplied in the mean time). The famous ornithological library of Bradley Martin, for example, only had a copy with 62 plates. In the 18th century Nuremberg became the centre for producing superbly illustrated natural history books. This was principally due to the stimulus of Dr. Trew, a wealthy Nuremberg physician who assembled a number of young artists and scientists around him. Sibylla Merian lived in Nürnberg from 1670-1682 as well as Dürer who lived and worked in Nürnberg. Johann Israel Dietzsch and his children were well known artists of which Barbara Regina is best known. "… sondern auch so bekannte Künstler wie Barbara Dietzsch, deren Blumenstücke und Tierbilder in aller Welt Liebhaber fanden. Sie war die Tochter des Johann Israel Dietzsch… Die Bilder zu ihrer seltenen und unvollendeten 'Sammlung meistens deutscher Vögel' die 1772-77 von dem Kupferstecher Adam Ludwig Wirsing… zeigen wie ihre Gemälde eine peinliche Genauigkeit in Farbe und Detailzeichnung…" (Nissen IVB p. 44). 'Fine Bird Books' notes a copy with 100 plates. "In the Royal Zoological Society's Museum in Amsterdam there is a copy of this book with 100 plates in 4 volumes. The text, however, is only for the first 50 plates. No other such copy is known and it is likely that this is unique… A copy with 50 plates, must, from a collectors point of view be considered complete". The comment in 'Fine Bird Books' is incorrect. The first text part was published in 1772 with 48 pages and the second part was published in 1777 with 44 pages. The first part describes plates 1-25 and the second one plates 26-50. The French text published in 1782 describes plates 1-25. This is all the text published. The almost always lacking plates 51-108 were separately published without text by Johannes Mätthaus Bechstein around 1800. Ripley and Scribner 'Ornithological Books in the Yale University Library' page 78, describe a complete copy. Heidrun Ludwig in her 'Nürnberger naturgeschichtliche Malerei im 17. Und 18. Jahrhundert' pages 45-46 says the following about Dietzsch "Die Stärke dieser Vogelbilder liegt vor allem in der meisterhaften, haptischen Wiedergabe der Gefieder, die Dietzsch so überzeugend imitierte, dass ihre Stücke einen Vergleich mit den grossen Jagtstilleben von Jan Baptiste Weenix oder Willem van Aelst nicht zu scheuen brauchen… Die Schönheit der Vogelbilder Barbara Regina Dietzsch und ihre getreue Nachahmung natürlichen Vogelgefieders wurden von den zeitgenössischen Betrachtern bewundert". The present copy which was sold in 1982 at Sotheby's, and which Antiquariaat Junk underbid at the time, lacked 3 plates, 41, 42 and 47. In the meantime plate 47 has been supplied from another copy. The copy is uncut, the title to the first part a bit browned, the text and plates are in mint condition and the colouring probably the best we have ever seen in a 18th century colour-plate book. Provenance: Prince of Fürstenberg and formely part of the Princely Palace Library at Donaueschingen. Nissen IVB, 246; Schlenker 88.1; Fine Bird Books 70.
 


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Item nr. 9732


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