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Very rare first edition of Scandinavian fish,
with all 63 plates, 59 beautifully and subtly hand-coloured

FRIES, Bengt Fredrik, Carl Ulric EKSTRÖM [and Carl Jakob SUNDEVALL].
Skandinaviens Fiskar.
Including: Bihang, innefattande beskrifningar öfver de I Skandinavien bruklige Fiskeredskap.
Stockholm, P. A. Norstedt & sons, "1838" [= 1836-1857]. 10 parts (paginated as 3) in 1 volume. Large 4to (28.5 x 25 cm). With 63 lithographic plates, 59 beautifully and extremely subtly coloured by hand as published, some showing 2 or more fish per plate. Modern half tan morocco (Johanna Röjgård).
€ 9,750
Very rare, important and beautiful first edition, in Swedish, of the standard work on fish found in Scandinavian waters, with stunning plates by Wilhelm von Wright (1810-1887) and hand coloured with extraordinary beauty and subtlety following his drawings. The plates show about 70 varieties, coloured with delicate shading and parts highlighted with gum arabic. The text is the work of 3 eminent Swedish zoologists Fries (1799-1831), Ekstrom (1781-1858) and Sundevall (1801-1875).
The present copy includes all 63 plates, the complete main text and preliminaries and the complete text of the "Bihang". Somewhat browned, but otherwise in very good condition, with some water stains in the gutter margin of a few quires (not affecting the text or plates), 1 quire spotted and a few very minor marginal tears or restorations. Very rare first edition of a beautiful and important fish book, with all 63 plates and the complete main text and appendix.
Dean I, p. 420; Nissen, Fischbücher 56; Nissen, ZBI 1435.
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