Ratisbonae: Weiss, 1761. Illustrated with four foldout plates which are handcoloured and have together 17 individual drawings.
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Jakob or Jacob Christian Schäffer or Schäffern (1718 – 1790) was a German dean, professor, botanist, mycologist, entomologist, ornithologist and inventor. From 1736 to 1738 he studied theology at the University of Halle before becoming a teacher in Ratisbon. In 1760, the university of Wittenberg gave him the title of Doctor of Philosophy, and the University of Tübingen awarded him in 1763 the title of Doctor of Divinity. In 1741, he became the pastor und in 1779 the dean of the Protestant parish in Ratisbon.
Schäffer organized a rich personal cabinet of curiosities, the Schaefferianum Museum, opened to the public and which Goethe (1749–1832) visited in 1786 at the time of the "voyage" which led him to Italy. He was a member of many learned societies such as those of Göttingen, Mannheim, Saint-Petersburg, London and Uppsala. He was a corresponding member of the Academie des sciences (Academy of Science) of Paris and joined, in 1757, the Kaiserlich-Carolinische Akademie der Naturforscher, and two years later took part in the foundation of the Bayerischen Akademie der Wissenschaften. Schäffer maintained a correspondence with many naturalists including Carl von Linne (1707–1778) and Rene Antoine Ferchault de Reaumur (1683–1757). In Feb 1764 he was elected a fellow of the Royal Society. - wikipedia. [Nissen ZBI 3636, Wood 552].