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Bilderbuch für Kinder : enthaltend eine angenehme Sammlung von Thieren, Pflanzen, Blumen, Fruchten ... / von F.J. Bertuch = Porte-fueille des enfants : melange interessant d'animaux, plantes, fleurs fruits ... / redige par F.J. Bertuch
Bib ID 978701
Format BookBook, OnlineOnline
Online Versions
Description Weimar, Germany : im Verlage des Landes-Industrie-Comptoirs, 1798 -1830 
12 v. : col. ill. ; 28 cm. (4to) 

Children's encyclopedia essentially on natural history with 1186 handcoloured engraved plates following the tradition of Comenius's Orbis pictis. Originally published in 237 parts bound in 12 vols. Text is in German and French. Contains at least sixty references to Australian flora and fauna including insects and fish. Strong on Australian marsupials such as the kangaroo, possum, koala, wombat, potoroo, native cat. Includes the monotreme platypus and echidna as well as birds such as the cockatoo (various species), black swan, parrots, sunbird and eagle. Other fauna mentioned are snakes, lizards and shells. Known flora include the ferns, hoop pines and casuarina wildflower. Non natural history descriptions and illustrations include mainland and Tasmanian Aborigines, Maoris, possibly Europeans living in Sydneytown and Hobartown as well as views of these two centres.

Partial contents
  • Bd. 1, no. 16. Plate III Papageyen der alten Welt
  • Bd. 1, no. 38. Plate VI, fig. 2 Der Albatros
  • Bd. 1, no. 51. Plate IX. Die Brod-Frucht
  • Bd. 1, no. 80. Plate V Menschen aus Australien
  • Bd. 1, no. 93. Plate XXI, fig. 4 Des Kenguruh [kangaroo]
  • Bd. 3, no. 75. Plate XLI, fig. 2 Der schwarze Schwan von Neuholland
  • Bd. 3, no. 80. Plate LXIV, fig. 1, 2 Das Schnabelthier (Ornithorhynchus paradoxus) [platypus].
  • Bd. 4, no. 6. Plate XLVIII, fig.2 Der Ritter Banks Kakatu
  • Bd. 4, no. 21. Plate LI, fig. 5 Die prächtiger Sänger
  • Bd. 4, no. 36. Plate LV, fig. 1 Die prächtiger Mänura

Title on v. 9-12: Bertuch's Bilderbuch fur Kinder

The platypus classified by Shaw as Platypus anatinus, appeared in his Naturalist's miscellany (1799) with plates by Nodder. Blumenbach in Germany also classified it as Ornithorhynchus paradoxus and a description and plate appeared in his Abbildungen naturhistorischer Gegenstande, v. 5, no. 41 (1800). Bertuch's work also gives Blumenbach's classifed name which was published in 1798. Bertuch's platypus would appear to be the earliest published account.

Library's 12 volumes are in their original parts.

Selected Australian content available online;

Complete work also available online;

Cited In

Wegehaupt, v.1, 133.

Hurlimann, B. Three centuries of children's books in Europe p. xiii, 134-5, 202.

Subjects Children's encyclopedias and dictionaries, German.  |  Natural history -- Juvenile literature.  |  Animals -- Australia -- Juvenile literature.  |  Children's encyclopedias and dictionaries, French -- Germany -- Early works to 1800.  |  Natural history -- Juvenile literature -- Early works to 1800.  |  Illustrated children's books -- Germany.  |  Children's encyclopedias and dictionaries, French -- Germany.  |  Illustrated children's books -- Germany -- Early works to 1800.  |  Children's encyclopedias and dictionaries, German -- Early works to 1800.
Other authors/contributors Bertuch, Friedrich Justin, 1747-1822  |  Shaw, George, 1751-1813. Naturalist's miscellany  |  Blumenbach, Johann Friedrich, 1752-1840. Abbildungen naturhistorischer Gegenstande  |  Verlag des Landes-Industrie-Comptoirs
Also Titled

Porte-feuille des enfans

Bertuch's Bilderbuch für Kinder

Exhibited Volume 3 of Library's copy, opened at 'Kangaroo' exhibited: "Treasures Gallery 2010, a preview", National Library of Australia, 22 April 2009 - 19 July 2009.  Volume 3 of Library's copy, opened at 'Platypus' exhibited: "Treasures Gallery", National Library of Australia, October 2011 - May 2012. 

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