First  Edition
of  the  First  Independent
German  Paper  on  Dogs

Diana. Blaetter für Jagd- und Hundefreunde (Leaves for Friends of the Hunt and Dogs). With 36 plates in wood engraving (c. 9⅞-10 × 6⅞-7⅛ in [25-25.5 × 17.5-18 cm]) from “Original Drawings by Friedrich Specht”. 3 vols. in 1 (all published). Stuttgart, Schickhardt & Ebner, 1873/75. 4to. 3 repeating richly illustrated titles in wood engraving, 3 ll. contents, 54, 52, 36 pp. Green orig. cloth with charming gilt and blind stamped boards resp. with illus. orig. wrapper for the full work bound with.

Diana. Leaves for Friends of the Hunt and Dogs

THE  RARE  ORIGINAL  EDITION  – Souhart 558 (erroneously 1872/78); not in Schwerdt – as according to Karl Meier in such a manner at the same time

the  first  edition  of  the  first  German  paper  on  dogs

Friedrich Specht, Chien de Saint HubertFriedrich Specht, Dachshund

independent  of  an  association

which was followed by a new edition without date (1880/81 or later) with text unchanged yet enlarged by 8 plates.

The back of the original wrapper with “(Plate) Contents of the Complete (sic!, 3-vol.) Work” as well as recommendation for “Room Decoration” of a poster with the head of a chien de Saint Hubert after Frdr. Specht (Lauffen/Neckar 1839 – Stuttgart 1909) whose present

Friedrich Specht, Wood GrouseFriedrich Specht, Red Deer

36  plates  dedicated  to  game (19) + dogs (17)

Friedrich Specht, Chamois

are  up  to  the  same  requirement  of  wall  decoration ,

documenting the able animal painter. Inscribed in stock with Specht + X. A. v. (Xylographic Institute of) C(arl). G(ottlob). Specht as the brother. Thieme-Becker erroneously list the set of illustrations as lithographs. – The articles by various authors – G. Lang , Ed. Vogel , G. Jaeger , Theodor Hering , Frhr. von Thüngen , C. Weiss , Rueff , Leop. Jos. Fitzinger , W. Pfizenmayer + three anonymous monogramists – regarding single kinds/races each. Besides as serialized item “The Illnesses of the Dog” just as a respective feuilletonistic contribution.

Friedrich Specht, PoodleFriedrich Specht, Pointer

Text sporadically quite slightly foxspotted, only the first leaves of the 3rd vol. a little more, of the plates printed on toned light cardboard only the backs of the last ones affected just as barely worth mentioning the white margin of one previous one. Title leaf of I/II with stamp of the bookstore Kessler in Göppingen, flyleaf with name neatly pasted over. Front board quite slightly broken at the flyleaf, the back absolutely imperceptibly renewed. Generally fine copy of this

Friedrich Specht, St. Bernard DogFriedrich Specht, Newfoundland Dog

publication  in  volumes  illustrated  just  as  painterly  as  naturally

in its original binding with its rich front board design in shining gold.

Offer no. 15,394 / EUR  430. / export price EUR  409. (c. US$ 494.) + shipping

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