[Bertuch, F. J.]
Seller ID: 1245
Hand-coloured engraving from F. J. Bertuch's Bilderbuch Fur Kinder, Vol II. No. 96. Weimar: Bertuch, 1795. The book was a sort of child's illustrated encyclopedia. Quadruped XLVIII, plate (25cm x 20cm), with narrow margins (as apparently usual). Eight varieties of small rodent-- 'mause' or 'souris'-- are represented in finely detailed coloured engravings, including the handsome Norwegische Lemming and several rather specialized creatures, such as the ring-necked Souris d'Iris (Mus Lagurus. Pall.), a resident of eastern Siberia, which, as the French text has it, "... elle se nourrit principalement des oignons de l'iris sauvage." Includes, separately, two pages of description, one in French and one in German.
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