Date of Printing: 1770 • Medium: Copperplate Engraving (hand colored) • Subject Category: Natural History - Birds • Signed: Unsigned • Period Created: Enlightenment (1700 - 1799) • Plate Size HxWxD cm: 32.5 x 40 • Leaf Paper Size HxW cm: 53 x 36 • Style: FOLIO Original Vintage • Print on Verso: Blank on verso • Condition: Excellent, minor rippling bottom margin • Edition Type: Limited Edition• Paper Type: Laid Paper, Watermarked • Framed: Print only
We are proud to make available this beautiful, PRISTINE condition Antique Large Folio Copperplate engraving, published 1770, fin Amsterdam for "Nederlandsche Vogelen" by Cornelius Nozeman, Jan Christiaan Sepp and Martin Houttuyn. Fine hand colour as issued. BLACK GROUS (Tetrao Tetrix Mas). It is very rare to find these prints in such wonderful condition! Comes with its associated text description pages.
"Nederlandsche vogelen" (English: Dutch birds) is a five volume Dutch natural history compendium by Cornelius Nozeman and Christiaan Sepp, published in Amsterdam from 1770. This monumental work was written by Cornelius Nozeman, and after his death by Martinus Houttuyn. The last volume was finished by Jan Sepp, with advice from Coenraad Jacob Temminck. The coloured engravings were made by Christiaan Sepp, Jan Christiaan Sepp (his son), and Jan Sepp (his grandson).
Condition of Plate: Overall Excellent. Slight rippling in margins.
The work took nearly 60 years to complete with the combined effort of Nozemann and the engraver and artist, Christian Sepp. Dr. Martinus Houttuyn & C. J. Temminck helped complete Nederlandsche Vogelen after Nozeman & Sepp's passing. It is considered one of the greatest ornithology works of all time and "The First Comprehensive Account of the Avifauna of Holland" (Anker). The work was a true masterpiece that took over 60 years to complete. The work is very scarce with one of the last complete sets selling for $92,000 at auction.