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What does Jaegermeister have to do with a book review?

by Jeff S | Oct 09, 2015

Book Review: Die Raubvögel Deutschlands und des angrenzenden Mitteleuropas dieraubvogeldeutoska_0011

How many of you have sat bleary-eyed after downing several Jaeger bombs, staring at the bottle like a kid blankly reading the cereal box at breakfast, only to notice this seemingly unintelligible poem written in German?
Das ist des Jägers Ehrenschild, daß er beschützt und hegt sein Wild, weidmännisch jagt, wie sich’s gehört, den Schöpfer im Geschöpfe ehrt.
Which according to Google translator comes out in English something like this:

          This is the hunter honor sign,
........
          that he protects and cherishes his game,

  .......weidmännisch hunts, as befits it,
........honors the Creator in creatures.

Then, at some point before rushing to pray at the porcelain altar as an homage to drinking Jaegermeister in the first place, some curious thought tugs at your addled brain, "I wonder who wrote that poem?"

That hasn't happened to you? Good!

But what does this have to do with a book review anyway? The man who wrote that poem, Oskar von Reisenthal, was an accomplished artist and author. Recently the Internet Archive Midwest Regional Digitization Center, located in the nether regions of your favorite library, had the good fortune to digitize Die Raubvögel Deutschlands und des angrenzenden Mitteleuropas (The Raptors of Germany and Neighboring Central Europe) Click here for one of the book's many illustrations and you can see for yourself the beauty of Herr Reisenthal's work. Choose the single page view and zoom in on the images to best appreciate these truly beautiful works of art. I also recommend this image and this one as well -- but you might just want to start at the beginning and flip away!

Die Raubvogel
is part of a larger collection of ornithological books we've been digitizing courtesy of the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. Other gems include Iconographie des Perroquets: non figurés dans les publications de Levaillant et de M. Bourjot Saint-Hilaire (Iconography of Parrots: Not figured in the Publications of Levaillant Bourjot and Mr. Saint-Hilaire), British Ornithology, Being the History, With a Coloured Representation, of Every Known Species of British Birds, and A Monograph of the Capitonidae, or Scansorial Barbets, among many.

Having seen his work, if you find yourself imbibing the cough-syrupy liquor of Jaegermeister, give a hearty "prost" to Herr Reisenthall for producing such a beautiful book!
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