first edition Half Calf
1885 · Wien and Leibzig
by von Hayek, Dr. Gustav, illustrator
Wien and Leibzig: Moritz Perles, 1885. First edition. Half Calf. Very Good. Folio. 42 by 28 cm. 84 pp., plus 120 color plates of plants, animals, minerals. The breakdown is 72 zoological plates, 40, botanical, and 8, geological. The botanicals are especially charismatic, a few of them. The book is similar to the many variants of Naturgeschichte published by Schreiber of Esslingen and Stuttgart, but here the plates are on a heavy card stock paper, as opposed to a pulp-y thin paper that is particularly vulnerable to acidification and browning. In other words, the production here is higher quality, and the plates are also considerably larger. Condition: internally clean. Text pages with light toning. Plates themselves are pristine, or nearly so. The calf of the binding has a fair amount of rubbing, and the pebbled cloth has moderate wear, some blistering, etc.
(Inventory #: 006783)