PETRI VON HARTENFELSS, GEORG CHRISTOPH Elephantographia curiosa
PETRI VON HARTENFELSS, GEORG CHRISTOPH Elephantographia curiosa, seu Elephanti descriptio Erfurt, J. H. Grosch for the author, 1715. 4to. 21 x 17 cm.. Engraved title, letterpress title printed in red and black, 28 engraved plates including 1 folding. 18th century boards with gold stamped title to spice, minor and not too obtrusive damp-stains to some lower margins largely visible through red-dyed fore-edge. The H.P. KRAUS copy with his Stock and Reference ex-libris. Early 18th century library inscription to free blank indicating it was part of the natural history section. First Edition of this early and comprehensive work on the Elephant- consider the first monograph. Copies with all 28 copperplate engravings are notoriously scarce in commerce, but taken as a whole, display the elephant in all its majesty through human history. The engravings are after the prominent German artist Jacob Petrus of Erfurt.