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  Thursday  October 2  2003    11: 56 AM

fauna prints

Japanese fauna ( Fauna Japonica )

This work of Philipp Franz Balthazar von Siebold (1796-1866) was compiled by three scholars of the Leyden Museum on the basis of the enormous number of zoological specimens collected by Siebold during his stay in Nagasaki 1823-1829 and of rough sketches by the Japanese artist Keiga Kawahara and others. It was published serially in five volumes over the long period of 1833-1850.

This was the first material written in a Western language on Japanese fauna, and it introduced Japanese fauna to the West on a wide scale.


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