Heinrich Gottlieb Ludwig Reichenbach (German, 1793-1879), Original watercolor drawings for Die Vollständigste Naturgeschichte der Vögel des In- und Auslandes.
Original watercolor drawings for Die Vollständigste Naturgeschichte der Vögel des
A collection of original watercolors of birds, bound in 7 volumes. With approximately 724 watercolors and drawings, many after Gould’s illustrations, the majority watercolor and gouache over pencil, many heightened with gum Arabic, together with approximately 79 engraved plates, many from a German edition of Buffon, all of the drawings and most of the plates with manuscript captions, all tipped in, the album leaves watermarked ‘Moufourat,’ modern morocco-backed boards, 4to. The work also includes one drawing signed by Carl Weitz.
4to. (10 3/8 x 13 inches). Green morocco backed marbled boards. Spine in six compartments and five raised bands; gilt title lettering (“Reichenbach Original Drawings”) in second compartment; gilt album title lettering in fourth compartment. (Rubbing and wear to spine, lightly discolored leather; bumped corners on boards). The volumes are titled as follows:
Milvus, Circus, Astur, Falco (Birds of prey, Falcons, Kites, and Falcons) with approximately 117 drawings and watercolors, and 3 engravings.
Ploceus, Vidua, Amadina, Astrilda, Passerina, Geospizineae (Birds of the weaver family, indigobirds and whydahs, together with the Cuckoo-finch, Finches, Cardinals) with approximately 186 drawings and watercolors, and 42 engravings.
Sylvicola, Calamanthus, Drymoica, Sphenoeacus, Orthotomus, Prinia, Nalurus (Wrens, Grassbirds and warblers); with approximately 122 drawings and watercolors, and 7 engravings.
Campophaginae with approximately 48 drawings and watercolors, and 4 engravings.
Motag, Sylvinae, Luscininae (Warblers and nightingales); with approximately 115 drawings and watercolors, and 19 engravings.
Longirostres (Hermits and hummingbirds); with approximately 86 drawings and watercolors, and 5 engravings.
Sula, Phaeton, Plotus, Peleganus (Boobys, Tropicbirds, Lotus birds, and Pelican birds) with approximately 45 drawings and watercolors.
An important ornithological archive by botanist, ornithologist and artist Heinrich Reichenbach, who rose to prominence with his Iconographia botanica (1823-1832). His greatest work was the masterpiece of ornithological illustration: Die Vollständigste Naturgeschichte der Vögel des In- und Auslandes. A constant work in progress and eventually extending to fourteen volumes with more than 1000 illustrations.
All the images have Reichenbach’s extensive manuscript notes beneath: each species is identified, and sometimes the original source of the drawing is recorded, including images from the works of Gould, Jardine, Gray, Cassin, Garnier, D’Orbigny and others. Reichenbach has improved many of these images with subtle changes of color and slight alterations to physical features
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