Blau- oder Holtz-Taube – Columba Montana – Blue Pigeon ; Johann Leonhard Frisch – 1733-1763

Johann Leonhard Frisch (1666 – 1743)

Altkolorierter antiker Druck der Holtz-Taube, mit lebendigen Farben und exquisiten Details. Kupferstich aus Johann Leonhard Frischs ‘Vorsstellung der Vögel‘.

Contemporary colored antique print of the blue pigeon, with vibrant colours and exquisite details. Copper engraving from Johann Leonhard Frisch’s ‘Vorsstellung der Vögel‘.



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  • Type: natural history print, ornithology
  • Title: Der X ten Hauptart I te Abtheilung II te Platte, die Blau Taube oder Holtz Taube, Vinago S: Columba montana, Biset noir bleu. Pl. 139
  • Technique: copper engraving with contemporary coloring
  • Composer: Johann Leonhard Frisch / Justus Leopold Frisch
  • Illustrator: Phillip Jakob Frisch / Ferdinand Helfreich Frisch
  • Date: 1733-1763
  • Published in: Vorstellung der Vogel in Teutschland und beyläuffig auch einiger fremden; nach ihren Eigenschaften bewchrievn von Joh. es… by Johann Leonhard Frisch in Berlin
  • Printer: Friedrich Wilhelm Birnstiel
  • 21 x 29 cm (21.9 x 15.1 inches)
  • Size paper:
  • Verso: blank
  • 7470V
  • Source: Nissen 339


Condition: A

Very good, given age. Sharp print with beautiful coloring. Age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Some stains, mostly in the margins.

Sehr gut, dem Alter entsprechend. Scharfer Druck mit schöner Farbgebung. Altersbedingte Tonung und/oder vereinzelte kleinere Mängel durch Handhabung. Einige Flecken, hauptsächlich in den Rändern.


Johann Leonhard Frisch (1666 – 1743)

Johann Leonhard Frisch was a German linguist, entomologist and ornithologist. Frisch had a diverse career, starting as a singer, serving as an interpreter in the German army and progressing to the position of headmaster of a school in Berlin. As a man of letters of the time, he pursued many interests, including natural history and the collections of specimens to form the Cabinet of Curiosities so beloved of this early scientific era. His bird collection formed the basis for the drawings in this work.

Frisch began publishing his famous ‘Vorstellung der Vögel..’ with a supplement in 1733. The work is divided into twelve parts for the different bird families, and covers European and some exotic species. It was completed after his death by his sons, Leopold Frisch, who wrote the text, and Ferdinand Helfreich, who together with Philip Jakob Frisch, engraved and colored the plates. The last 30 plates were by Johann’s grandson Johann Christoph Frisch. The work is rated by Sitwell as three stars by Fine Bird Books and described as, “One of the most enjoyable of all bird books and rare.” This is considered to be one of the top ten greatest ornithological works of all time and the first great German bird book.

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