Oryktographia Norica, sive Rerum Fossilium et ad Minerale Regnum Pertinentium, in Territorio Norimbergensi Ejusque Vicinia Observatarum Succincta Descriptio.
First edition. Small 4to. (viii), 102 pp. Contemporary full vellum, gilt lettered morocco label, the 19th century armorial bookplate of Cecil Deedes to the front pastedown. Frontispiece and 6 folding plates of fossils, all finely engraved by Johann Georg Puschner. Slight wear to the spine label, a little foxing to the frontispiece and some light marginal dampstaining at intervals, a very good copy overall.
An uncommon and groundbreaking work in the sciences of geology and palaeontology, being an early attempt to provide a systematic classification of the fossils found in and around Nuremberg. The work paved the way for later analyses of fossils and the history of the earth on a more scientific basis. Baier proposed issuing additional volumes, but only managed a single supplement (published 1730) before his early death at the age of 58. His son Ferdinand subsequently published an equally scarce second supplement in 1757 and an expanded second edition a year later using his papers. The fine plates feature just under 200 illustrations of samples collected.
Author BAJERI, Joh. Jacobi. (BAIER, Johann Jakob).