Nuremberg: W. Michahellis, 1708.
1st Edition. Hardcover. 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. Very Good. Item #002717
4to (196 x 169 mm). ,102 pp. With engraved frontisp., 6 folding engraved plates by J.G. Puschner and 1 engraved text-illustration. Contemporary calf, spine with 5 raised bands and some blind-stamped and partially gilt decoration (top of spine slightly chipped, some wear to extremities, corners scuffed), marbled endpapers. Text and plates with little browning and little marginal foxing, a few leaves with faint marginal waterstains, short tear to plate 5, but else in good condition. ----
Nissen ZBI 189; DSB I, p.393; Brunet I, 611. Rare first edition of a geological work by the German physician Johann Jakob Baier (1677-1735). The plates engraved by Puschner with fine fossils typical of the Jura. "Oryktographia norica (1708) was a new, systematic presentation based on his own studies. The work contributed much to disproving the idea that fossils were a mere sport of nature [..] he believed that the earth had been created in one act and that the Deluge was the only great change since the Creation. His exact foundation work, however, helps to prepare the ground for the next generation to determine historically the geological structure of mountains and transform oryctography into geology. [...]Oryktographia laid the foundations for the investigation of Jurassic fauna and of scientific paleontology in general (DSB). - Visit our website for additional images and information.
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