Fine Books & Manuscripts
Ledermuller, Martin Froben (1719-1769)Mikroskopische Gemuths- und Augen-Ergotzung. Nuremberg: Launoy, 1760-1762.
First edition, three quarto volumes, illustrated with engraved titles in each volume (one of three hand-colored),and 150 full-page hand-colored engravings, some with metallic highlights, fifty in each volume, the coloring accurate, fresh, and beautifully executed, a few plates in volume two printed in colored ink instead of black; contents very good throughout; bound in uniform contemporary German half calf and paste paper boards, spines letter and tooled in gilt, joints cracked, boards holding, spines beginning to lift.
Ledermuller's book is a beautiful example of the synergistic relationship between science and book illustration.