Softcover, Antiquariaat Junk
Book Description: Paris, Roret, 1836-1846. 4 volumes of text & 1 atlas. 8vo (210 x 130mm). pp. (4), 547; (4), 680; (4), 646; viii, 680, with 48 engraved plates, of which 39 finely handcoloured and 9 printed in bistre. Contemporary green half calf, spines with gilt ornaments and lettering, marbled sides; atlas loose in publisher's printed wrappers. Amédée Louis Michel Lepeletier de Saint Fargeau (1770-1845) was a French entomologist. From the year 1833 until his death, he served as president of the Société Entomologique de France. Most of the excellent plates were drawn by Prêtre and have delicate colouring. The work was issued with plain or coloured plates. The present copy is the rare coloured issue. The work was published as part of the series 'Suites à Buffon' by the publisher Roret.Nissen ZBI, 2452. Bookseller Inventory # 8475
Book Description: Fasciculus II-V (last). Berolini, F. Dümmler, 1825-1832. 4 parts. 4to. pp. 17-56, with engraved plates 7-30. Original printed wrappers. Nissen BBI, 1767; Pritzel 8212; Stafleu & Cowan 10.743. Part V misprinted as VI as always (cf. Stafleu). An entirely uncut and unopened copy. Bookseller Inventory # 295
Book Description: Frankfurt a.M., Literarische Anstalt (J. Rütten), 1854. 8vo. pp. xvi, 640. Later blind wrappers. Important and wanted handbook; scarce. An uncut copy, locally somewhat browned. Bookseller Inventory # 2335
Book Description: Fasc. I-III. Halis Saxonum, C.A. Schwetschke et Filium/ H.W. Schmidt, 1841-(1853). 4to. (I) pp. (4), 1-8, with engraved plates 1-4 (3 handcoloured); (II) pp. 9-16, with engraved plates 5-8 (4 handcoloured); (III) pp. 17-24, with engraved plates 9-12 (3 handcoloured). Original printed wrappers. Stafleu & Cowan V, 10748. Fasc. iv and facs. v seem to have been published but they must be excessively rare as none of the libraries listed by Stafleu have complete copies. Bookseller Inventory # 2838
Book Description: Halbflügler (Rhynchota Heteroptera). Nach der analytischen Methode bearbeitet. Wien, C. Gerold's Sohn, 1861. Royal-8vo. pp. vi, 444, with 2 lithographed plates. Contemporary blind wrappers (spine broken). Hagen 233; Horn & Schenkling 6567: "Sehr selten". Bookseller Inventory # 1483
Book Description: Genève, chez les Héritiers de J.J. Paschoud, 1827. 4to. pp. ii, 72, with 16 handcoloured folded lithographed plates. Original printed wrappers. Nissen BBI, 2043. Very scarce publication on this parasitic plant species of the family Solanaceae. Jean Pierre Etienne Vaucher, the instructor and friend of P. de Candolle, was a minister and professor in Geneva. A fine copy with attractive handcoloured plates. Bookseller Inventory # 3825
Book Description: Solothurn, Jent & Gassmann, 1841 (text) & Neuchâtel, H. Nicolet, 1840 (atlas). 2 volumes. 8vo (text, 216 x 142mm) & folio (atlas, 500 x 335mm). pp. xxii, 326, (1), with 18 lithographed plates by Joseph Bettannier and 14 lithographed slightly smaller outline key plates. Contemporary half cloth, gilt lettering on spine (text) and original printed yellow wrappers, with large illustration (atlas). First German edition. The first French edition was published almost simultaneously 'Die deutsche Bearbeitung dieses gleichzeitig französisch erschienen Werkes verdank ich meinem Freunde Dr. Carl Vogt' (from the introduction). "Great work of the 'founder of glacial geology'" (Horblit, 'One hundred books famous in science', 1). Louis Agassiz 1807-1873 who was to become the foremost of the early proponents of the idea of a recent ice age, was born into a family of a Swiss Calvinist minister. He attended courses at several universities, graduating as a doctor of philosophy at Erlangen and as a doctor of medicine at Munich. "Agassiz then took a new interest: superficial deposits and landscape features of Switzerland and Germany that were attracting attention as being possibly related to a previous much wider extent of the alpine glaciers. This activety culminated in 1840 in his 'Études sur les glaciers', in which he was able to show that Switzerland had recently been covered by a vast ice cap, and from which meltwater carried far and wide great spreads of sand, gravel, and huge erratic boulder. The thesis brought the author to the immediate notice of European and American geologists" (Hancock & Skinner, 'The Oxford Companion to the Earth', p. 8). The German edition seems to be much rarer than the French one.PMM 309 (French edition); Norman 17 (French edition); Sparrow, 'Milestones of Science', 2 (German edition); Horblit 1 (French edition). Bookseller Inventory # 6851
Teutsche Ornithologie oder Naturgeschichte aller Vögel Teutschlands. Herausgegeben von Borkhausen, Lichthammer und Bekker dem Jüngern.
Book Description: Damstadt, im Verlage der Herausgeber, 1800-1811. Folio (450 x 300mm). 21 parts (of 22), bound in 2 volumes. With 126 hand-coloured engraved plates. Contemporary half calf, gilt ornamented spines with 2 gilt lettered labels (slightly rubbed). A fine large copy of one of the most splendid German bird books. As usual without the last part, which was published in 1817. This final part is almost always lacking due to the interruption of publication by the Napoleonic wars. Our copy contains all the 21 printed upper wrappers to the parts. A great rarity is the title-page which is found in a few copies and here replaced by the printed wrapper to the first part. Many bibliographies consider the work complete in the first edition with 21 parts. The 22nd part was in fact the first part published of the second edition.". a work by which it was attempted to create a German parallel to the sumptuous ornithological works of other countries, notably of France, e.g. Levaillant's works, to which it was compared at that time . and with which it is quite comparable on account of its beautiful plates. These were drawn, engraved, printed, and coloured, by Susemihl in co-operation with his brother, J.Th. Susemihl, and lateron his son, Eduard Susemihl" (Anker 52). "Nicht minder lobenswert ist auch die 'Teutsche Ornithologie', die Johann Conrad Susemihl gemeinsam mit seinem Bruder Johann Theodor und später mit seinen Kindern Eduard und Emilie in Darmstadt mit Hilfe eines Kreises begeisterter Naturfreunde schulf. die Tafeln, die in Stich wie Kolorit zu den Spitzenleistungen des späten Kupferstiches gehören. (Nissen p. 53). The work is frequently listed under Borkhausen.One plate in part 10 lacks small part of lower corner not affecting the illustration, part 11 with some marginal dampstaining at the inner margin.Schlenker 55,1; Nissen IVB, 907; Fine Bird Books 61. Bookseller Inventory # 8328
Malacostraca Podophthalmata Britanniae; or, descriptions of such British species of the Linnean genus Cancer as have their eyes elevated on footstalks. Illustrated with figures of all the species, by James Sowerby.
Book Description: London, printed by B. Meredith, published and sold by James Sowerby, 1815. 4to (295 x 230mm). pp. (4), (96), with 47 (5 folded or double-page) handcoloured engraved plates. Recent half calf, spine with black gilt lettered label. [Together with:] SOWERBY, G.B. Malacostraca Podopthalmata Britanniae . continued and completed, with a new generic and specific index to the whole, and seven new plates. London, Bernard Quaritch, 1875. 4to (365 x 260mm). pp. (28), with 7 (1 double-page) handcoloured engraved plates. Publisher's blue printed wrappers (a bit worn). One of the most splendid works on Crustacea ever published and comparable to J.F.W. Herbst's work on the Crustacea published 23 years earlier. The work was published in 19 parts and the concluding double issue by George Brettingham Sowerby was published over a half century afterwards by the antiquarian bookseller Bernard Quaritch, who had bought the remaining stock of the foregoing issues. Having been published over such a long period complete copies are very rare. The work is dedicated to Sir Joseph Banks, who may both have supported his application to the Museum, and his candidature to the Royal Society.William Elford Leach (1790-1836) was an English zoologist and marine biologist and assistant keeper of the Zoological Department at the British Museum. "In 1813, when Konig was appointed Keeper of the Natural History Departments, he was given an assistant, William Elford Leach (1790-1836), perhaps one of the more brilliant minds to enter the Museum. In every generation English science has been fortunate in attracting men with intuitive feel for nature who by their gift and enthusiasm infect others and leave their inspiration planted in those who follow. Anyone, who knew Leach and even the greater number who did not, came to revere his memory and example. After over a century and half, in spite of the shortness of his service, he stands out from his contemporaries as a 'profound naturalist'" (Gunther, The Founders of Science at the British Museum p. 49).Nissen ZBI, 2404; B.M. (Nat. Hist.) III , 1071. Bookseller Inventory # 8282
Book Description: Acalèphes. Paris, Librairie encyclopédique de Roret, 1843. 8vo (265 x 165mm). Atlas only: With 12 finely handcoloured engraved plates and 2 pages 'Explications des planches'. Original wrappers. The superb plates are by Prêtre, one of the foremost natural history artists of the period. A scarce volume of the "Suites à Buffon".Nissen ZBI, 2463. Bookseller Inventory # 8478
Book Description: Nürnberg, gedrückt auf Kosten der Verfassers, (1796-] 1798-1862. 163 parts (in 136 volumes). Small-8vo (145 x 95mm) With 2336 coloured plates. Publisher's printed wrappers or old wrappers Apart from 4 text leaves which are lacking in the section on phanerogams and replaced by photocopies, and 11 text leaves and the last 2 parts 35 & 36 (containing plates 49-72 and explanatory text) of the section on fungi and also replaced by (coloured) photocopies, a complete set of this rare work. The 'Deutschlands Flora' is composed in 3 different sections. The first one 'Phanerogamen' has 96 parts with 1440 handcoloured engraved plates, the second section 'Cryptogamen' has 31 parts with 416 handcoloured engraved plates and the third part 'Pilze' has 36 parts with 480 coloured plates. A complete set has not been on the market since decades.Jacob Sturm (1771 -1848) may be considered the most famous engraver of entomological and botanical scientific publications in Germany at the end of the 18th and beginning of the 19th century. During this period Nürnberg still was the centre of fine natural history book production in Germany. Sturm became a great collector of insects and founded the Nürnberg Society for Natural History. His plates are very delicately drawn and depict the smallest details and enjoyed a great popularity among naturalists. As most of his works were published in a small format, they could be purchased by a larger public."The book contains. neat and attractive little engravings, no more than 5 in. by 3 1/2 in. in size. He thus deliberately chose this minute format in order to make a knowledge of the German flora available by pictures to as many as possible and as cheaply as possible. Despite their smallness, they carry a surprising amount of detail. Jacob Sturm learnt his art from his father, Johann Georg Sturm, who was also a Nuremberg engraver" (Blunt & Stearn p.258-260).Junk 'Rara' I p. 68; Hilpert 'Zum Andenken an Dr. Jacob Sturm, den Ikonographen der deutschen Flora und Fauna', p. 18. Bookseller Inventory # 6716
Book Description: Augustae Taurinorum, Typis Regiis, 1847. 8vo. (215 x 140mm). pp. viii, 62. Publisher's printed wrappers. With a dedication of the auhtor. Bookseller Inventory # 8127
Book Description: Calcutta, Office of the Superintendent of Government Printing, 1890. Folio (360 x 255mm). pp. 79, with 2 lithographed plates. Publisher's printed wrappers. The complete coleoptera section. Geodephaga and Longicornia by H.W. Bates (pp. 1-23, with one plate); Phytophaga by J.S. Baly (pp. 25-36); Haliplidae,Dytiscidae, Gyrinidae, Hydroptilidae, Staphylinidae, and Scarabaeidae (except Cetoniini) by D. Sharp (pp. 37-53); Cetoniidae by O. Janson (p. 54); Heteromera by F. Bates (pp. 55-79, with one plates). First plate with some worming at the upper margin not affecting the illustrations.B.M.(N.H.) II, 903. Bookseller Inventory # 8249
Book Description: Uppsala, J.F. Edman, 1800-1805. Parts II-V. Folio (430 x 275mm). With 39 (of 40) engraved plates. Original printed wrappers. First edition of Thunberg's rare sequel and counterpart to his 'Flora Japonica' (1784). The copy lacks the first part published in 1794 and plate 'Polypodium hastatum' in part III. We have added a complete copy of the Japanese reprint of 1934, sothat the work can be made complete. A complete copy has 5 parts with 50 plates.This work contains some of the first Western illustrations of Japanese species, and is a landmark work, along with the 'Flora', for the Linnaean botany of Japan. Thunberg visited Japan disguised as a Dutchman. He was confined to the Dutch trading post built on a tiny artificial island, and was reduced to examining the forage plants brought from the mainland to feed the domestic animals. He was able to make only limited excursions to the mainland, but nonetheless managed to assemble a remarkable accurate picture of the Japanese flora. The 'Icones' illustrates 'inter alia' several Japanese species of 'Acer', including the highly variable 'Acer palmarum', here illustrated for the first time. This copy contains an unrecorded four-page address, in French, by Thunberg to the St. Petersburg Academy of Sciences thanking them for making him a member. It is inserted in the fourth part. Even incomplete copies are very rare. Some wrappers worn, plates in very fine impressions and uncut.Nissen BBI, 1960; Stafleu & Cowan 14364. Bookseller Inventory # 8105
Mission scientifique au Mexique et dans l'Amérique Centrale . Recherches zoologiques. Troisième partie, 1re section: ÉTUDES SUR LES REPTILES ET LES BATRACIENS.
Book Description: Paris, Imprimerie Impériale, 1870-1909. 18 parts. Folio (365 x 280mm). pp. (6), xiv, 1012, leaves 99, with 1 lithographed map and 99 plates of which 21 coloured. Publisher's printed wrappers. [together with:] BROCCHI, P.L.A. Mission scientifique au Mexique et dans l'Amérique Centrale . Recherches zoologiques. Troisième partie, 2e section: ÉTUDE DES BATRACIENS DE L'AMÉRIQUE CENTRALE. Paris, Imprimerie Nationale, 1881-1883. 3 parts. Folio (365 x 280mm). pp. 122, (2), with 24 plates of which 18 coloured. Publisher's printed wrappers. Both works are of the greatest rarity. In the last 50 years we have only offered one other copy. "Finally, in the last year of his life, Duméril published the first part of what became, herpetologically, his 'magnum opus': the section on reptiles of "Mission Scientifique au Mexique ."; the amphibian section, by Paul Brocchi, was published in 1881-1883. This enormous book, comprising over 1000 pages and with 99 plates in large format, resulted from collections made in Middle America by M.-F. Bocourt. Bocourt had gone to Mexico, where Napoleon III had set up a puppet government under Archduke Maximilian of Austria, but with the latter's overthrow and execution Bocourt had to collect in Guatemala and adjacent countries. On returning to Paris, Bocourt assisted Duméril in writing the text and drawing the plates, but shortly afterwards Duméril died, after a long illness, . Consequently, Bocourt, with the later aid of François Moquard, Léon Vaillant, and Fernand Angel, finished the book ." (Adler. History of Herpetology, pp. 43/44). Most of the beautiful plates are after drawings by Bocourt, and are executed in three different techniques, i.e. the engravings by Dujardin, Lebrun, and Schuttenberger, the lithographs by Arnoul, and the chromolithographs by Mesnel and Severyns.The batrachians were initially intended to be incorporated in Dumeril's work. "Duméril had begun to draft the amphibian text, but died in November 1870. Bocourt was too busy with the reptile section to handle the amphibians as well, so Brocchi was eventually invited to do so" (Adler. Contributions to the History of Herpetology 2, p. 101).All parts have their original printed wrappers, most wrappers are worn. The first few pages of the first part of Dumeril's work have some paper damage at the lower margin, not affecting the text. The text and plates are in fine condition. Old library stamp on wrappers and verso of plates. Preserved in old portfolio, with old neat handwritten title on spine.The only other copy to have come on the market in recent years of both works was in the Adrian Crane collection (Bibliomania! Cat. 5).Nissen ZBI, 1198 & 4694. Bookseller Inventory # 8048
Book Description: Paris, chez Crevot/ Méquignon-Marvis, 1825-1838. 6 volumes (bound in 7). Royal-8vo (200 x 130mm). pp. xxx, 463; viii, 501; vii, 556; vii, 520; viii, 883; xvi, 804. Contemporary blue half morocco, gilt decorated spines (a bit rubbed) and publisher's printed wrappers (vol. 4). A complete set with the rare 6th volume by Ch. Aubé. "The great enterprice was the 'Spécies Général des Coléoptères (1825-1838). Dejean's original plan was to describe, in this work, the world fauna of Coleoptera, but this was soon changed to the more limited aim of the species of his own collection. Twenty volumes were foreseen but, as it turned out, only six appeared; the last of which, containing the 'Hydrocanthares', was written by C. Aubé (1802-1869). Dejean was the author of the five other volumes, entirely devoted to the Carabidae (s.l.); they contained close to 3000 pages in all, a masterpiece in descriptive entomology" (Smith, R.F. and others, History of Entomology p. 127).Volume 4 is bound in 2 volumes. Two old stamps on titles of 5 volumes.Horn-Schenkling 4601. Bookseller Inventory # 8212
Phytonomatotechnie Universelle, c'est-à-dire, l'art de donner aux plantes des noms tirés de leurs caractères; nouveau systême au moyen duquel on peut de soi-même, sans le secours d'aucun livre, nommer toutes les plantes qui croissent sur la surface de notre globe.
Book Description: Paris, chez l'auteur/ Didot le jeune/ Poisson, 1783-1784 (-1786). 3 volumes in 26 (of 27) parts. Folio (420 x 275mm). With 310 (of 320) fine handcoloured engraved plates. Original printed wrappers, the first 10 parts comprising volume one, in a contemporary portfolio. First and only edition of this noted rarity. The prospectus of the work announced 200 copies, of which 100 handcoloured, probably far fewer copies were produced. Our copy does not include fasc. 22. The only complete copy we could trace was the Plesh copy which was sold in 1975. The de Belder copy which was sold at Sotheby's 27 April 1987, lot 21 (mis-catalogued), made Pounds 13,200 and lacked fasc. 26 and 28 and contained 300 plates.It is one of the most bizarre flower books and reflects the intellectual optimism of the Enlightenment and the belief in the possiblity of universal knowledge. Bergeret invented a system of naming plants which would contain all the essential knowledge about their class, family, genus, species as well as descriptive features, contained in a single name. He assigned letters of the alphabet to characters of each plant concerned. This 'simple' mnemonic system, he believed, would establish a universal nomenclature and allow anyone, without recourse to botanical texts, to name any plant in the world. As an example of his nomenclature, Plantago Major, L. becomes GIQGYABIAHUQZEZ etc. "These are formulae and cannot be considered as names under the International Code of Botanical Nomenclature" (Stafleu).Fortunately Bergeret illustrated his work, the plates are attractive and several of them involve elementary colour printing, being printed with red, green and brown inks and finished by hand. Bergeret was surgeon to the brother of Louis XVI, who eventually became Louis XVIII. "In all fairness, it must be added that each species treated. was skillfully and fully described, and Bergeret's illustrations were exceptionally good"(Williams. Botanophilia in eighteenth century France p. 112)."C'est à Jean-Pierre Bergeret que l'on doit la fameuse 'Phytonomatotechnie Universelle.' Cet étonnant ouvrage inachevé est unique dans toute l'histoire de la botanique. est aujourd'hui un ouvrage d'une grande valeur' (Dayrat. Les botanistes de la flore de la France p. 160).Stafleu & Cowan 456; Nissen BBI, 145; Great Flower Books p. 50. Bookseller Inventory # 8040
Amoenitates Botanicae Monacenses. Auswahl merkwürdiger Pflanzen des K. botanischen Gartens zu München in Abbildungen und Beschreibungen, nebst Anleitung rücksichtlich ihrer Cultur./ Choix des Plantes remarquables du Jardin botanique royal de Munic, figurées et décrites avec des observations sur leur culture.
Book Description: Frankfurt a. M., Verlag der Brönner'schen Buchhandlung, (1829-1831). 4to (285 x 235mm). 4 parts. pp. (6), 26, with 16 fine handcoloured lithographed plates. Publisher's printed wrappers. An attractively illustrated work by this famous botanist showing exotic plants from Brazil, Mexico and the East Indies, recently introduced in the Munich Botanical Garden. Carl Friedrich Phillipp von Martius (1794-1868) was professor at the Ludwig Maximilian University and director of the Royal Botanic Garden. He is the author of some major botanical works such as a large flora on Brasil and the most beautiful work on palms ever published. The text of the present work is in German as well as in French.Nissen BBI, 1284; Stafleu & Cowan 5529. Bookseller Inventory # 8191
Book Description: GRAS, S. Description géologique du Département de Vaucluse suivie d'une notice sur ses mines et ses carrières. Paris, F. Savy, 1862. 8vo. pp. xiv, 438, (2), with 2 folding (1 coloured) map. Publisher's printed wrappers [and:] LAMBERT, E. Étude géologique sur le terrain tertiare au nord du Bassin de Paris. Laon, É. Fleury, 1858. 8vo. pp. vii, 144. Publisher's printed wrappers. [and:] SENARMONT, M. DE. Essai d'une description géologique du Département de Seine-et-Oise. Paris, Béthune et Plon, 1844. 8vo. pp. vii, 258, (14). Publisher's printed wrappers. [and:] ROUAULT, A. Description des fossiles du terrain éocène des environs de Pau. Paris, L. Martinet, 1849. 4to. pp. (4), 46, with 5 lithographed plates. Later boards. [and:] VIEILLARD, E. & DOLLFUS, G. Étude géologique sur les terrains crétacés et tertiares du Cotentin. Caen, F. Le Blanc-Hardel, 1875. 8vo. 181, (5), with 2 folding coloured maps. Contemporary cloth. [and] FISCHER, P. & TOURNOUËR, R. Invertébrés fossiles du Mont Léberon. (Paris 1873). pp. 58, with 6 fine lithographed plates. Contermporary red half morocco. [and:] GRATELOUP, (J.P.S. DE). Conchyliologie Fossile des Terrains Tertiaires du Bassin de l'Adour (environs de Dax). Tome I: Univalves, Atlas. Bordeaux, T. Lafargue, 1840. 4to. With 48 fine lithographed plates drawn by the author. Contemporary half calf, spine with red and green gilt lettered labels.- All published of this very scarce work. The preface in photocopy. Bookseller Inventory # 8126
Herausgegeben von Dr. K.C. von Leonhard und Dr. H.G. Bronn. Jahrgang 1833-1858 & 1861-1880. [together with:] 5 index volumes 'Repertorium' covering the years 1830-1880.
Book Description: Stuttgart, E. Schweizerbart's Verlagshandlung, 1833-1880. 52 volumes. 8vo (220 x 140mm). With numerous plates and maps, some coloured. Contemporary speckled brown boards, lettered label on spines. Apart from Jahrgang 1859 and 1860, which are lacking, a fine complete set covering the years 1833 to 1880, together with all the index volumes. Jahrgang 1872 has some damage to spine and inner margin of pages due to a shell splinter. This is the beginning of the 'Neues Jahrbuch'. Previously 3 volumes had been published in 1830-1832 of the 'Jahrbuch von Mineralogie.' published in Heidelberg by Verlag von Georg Reichard. In 1833 the periodical changed its name to 'Neues Jahrbuch' and was published in Stuttgart by Schweizerbart. ". it was widely known through out the 19th century and the first quarter of the 20th century. Due to its length of publication and inclusion of papers by prominent mineralogists . it is perhaps the best of all the many mineralogical journals published. In 1861 the founder editor, K.C. von Leonard passed the editorship of the 'Neues Jahrbuch' to his son Gustav, who in association with his co-editor, G. Bronn continued to bring out the journal. In 1878, Gustav died and Geinitz continued as editior (Schuh, Biobliography of Mineralogy). A fine copy is this rare and important mineralogical periodical.Provenance: Small library stamp on verso of title of the 'Fürstliche Hofbibliothek Donaueschingen'. Bookseller Inventory # 8085
Letztes Mineral-System. Aus dessen Nachlasse auf oberbergamtliche Anordnung herausgegeben und mit Erläuterungen versehen (von J.K. Freiesleben).
Book Description: Freyberg & Wien, Graz und Gerlach/ Gerold, 1817. 8vo (203 x 128mm). pp. xiv, 58. Publisher's printed decorated wrappers. First edition. "The final version of Werner's systematic arrangement of minerals, published posthumously by his students. A landmark in mineralogy, despite its slim size" (Wilson, Mineral Books p. 62). Abraham Gottlob Werner (1749-1817) was the most prominent German mineralogists of the period. "Although Werner is best known for his contribution to the founding of geology as a science, he first achieved recognition as a mineralogist. He considered mineralogy to be the basis for all the study of the earth, dividing it into five branches, of which geognosy (historical geology) was one and oryctognosy (descriptive mineralogy) another. And during all the years in which his theories on geognosy were arousing so much interest and controversy, he continued to work on his mineralogical system, the final version of which appeared after his death in 1817 (DSB XIV, p. 257). Title page with old oval library stamp "K.K. St. Oest. Eisenwerks", and old signature. A very well preserved copy. Bookseller Inventory # 8049
Book Description: Series I-II (all publ). Paris, A. Franck, 1845-1846. 5 volumes. Small-4to (260 x 170mm). With 195 lithographed or engraved plates. Publisher's blue printed wrappers. French translations by a famous French conchologist of important publications on conchology in the English language. It comprises the following works: Series I, vol. 1: DONOVAN, E. Histoire Naturelle des Coquilles d'Angleterre. pp. 127, with 48 lithographed plates; vol. 2: MARTYN, T. Le Conchyliologiste Universel ou figures des Coquilles jusqu'à présent inconnues recueillies en divers voyages à la Mer du Sud depuis l'année 1764. pp. 32, with 56 engraved plates; vol. 3: SAY, T. Conchyliologie Américaine ou descriptions et figures des Coquilles du Nord de l'Amerique. pp. 64, with 17 lithographed plates; LEACH, W.E. Mélanges Zoologiques. pp. 23, with 9 lithographed plates; CONRAD, T.A. Nouvelles Coquilles d'eau douce des Etats-Unies. pp. 36, with 4 lithographed plates; RAFINESQUE, M.C.S. Monographie des Coquilles bivalves fluviatiles de la rivière Ohio. pp. 30, (1), with 4 lithographed plates; vol. 4: MONTAGU. Testacea Britannica ou histoire naturelle des Coquilles marines, fluviatiles et terrestres d'Angleterre. pp. xix, 364, with 14 lithographed plates; vol. 5: TRANSACTIONS de la Société Linnéenne de Londres. Partie Conchyliologique. pp. viii, 376, with 43 lithographed plates. A fine set.B.M.(N.H.) I, 341. Bookseller Inventory # 8056
Book Description: London, Longmans, Green & Co. (1873-1875 ?). 3 parts. 4to. pp. 16, with 18 (12 handcoloured) plates. Unbound in original printed wrappers. Junk describes the work in his JUNK RARA II pp. 136 as follows: "Part 1 (February 1873). Coloured plates 1-6 (37 figures) with letterpress, pages 1-8. Contents: Papilio constantinus, evombar. Pieris manahari, antsianaka, cebron, capricornus, rhodanus. Eronia vohemara, verulanus. Amauris nossima. Salamis anteva. Junoniakowara. Acraea satis, pentapolis, peneleos, polydestes, pharsalus. Part 2 (Sept. 1874). Coloured plates 7-12 (41 figures) with letterpress, page 9-16. Contents: Acraea manadaza, masamba, masonala, hova. Godartia crossleyi, trajanus, Neptis biafra. Euryphene camarensis, ribensis, comus, nivaria, porphirion. Harma capella, cyclades, ciceronis. Mycalesis vola, ankova, iboina, antahala. Part 3 (1875 ?). Black plates 13-18 (35 figures) without letterpress. Contents: Papilio colonna, philonoë, andronicus, Acraea cydonis, sambavae, rabbaiea, satis. Godartia wakefieldii. Diadema usambara. Charaxes hadnanus, andara, andriba, analeva, andranadorus. Mycalesis avelona, Erebia rakoto, ankaratra, passandava, n.sp.? Part 1 and 2 contain figures and descriptions of new species chiefly from Madagascar, then from the Camaroons, Old Calabar and Ribé (East Africa). The descriptions are copied (literally) from Ward's 2 papers (published in 'Entomologist's Monthly Magazine' volumes 6-9 and 8-9): 'Descriptions of new species of Diurnal Lepidopt. From Madagascar'. and 'Descriptions of new species of African Diurnal Lepidoptera'. The second paper is continued also through volume 10 of the 'E.E.M.' and I have no doubt that the species described in the continuation are those figured there in the 3rd part, which has no letterpress. This very beautiful work is highly important for the knowledge of the East African Fauna, as it contains 55 new species. Ward has not written any other work and also the "A.L." were - perhaps owing to the death of the author - soon interrupted. The book may be considered as the rarest of all modern works on Butterflies. My copy is the first I have ever seen, though I have searched for the book for more than 20 years. But, what is the chief thing: my copy is an unicum as it includes a third part quite unknown till today, which, as it seems, had never been in the trade; for neither are the plates coloured nor has it a letterpress, and the numbers of the plates as well as the name of the butterflies are not printed but only neatly written by pencil". We presume that Junk was wrong when he thought his copy to be a unicum, as we have sold a few copies in the recent years. Bookseller Inventory # 305
Book Description: London, Longmans, Green & Co. (1873-1875 ?). 3 parts. 4to. pp. 16, with 18 (12 handcoloured) plates. Unbound in original printed wrappers. Junk describes the work in his JUNK RARA II pp. 136 as follows: "Part 1 (February 1873). Coloured plates 1-6 (37 figures) with letterpress, pages 1-8. Contents: Papilio constantinus, evombar. Pieris manahari, antsianaka, cebron, capricornus, rhodanus. Eronia vohemara, verulanus. Amauris nossima. Salamis anteva. Junoniakowara. Acraea satis, pentapolis, peneleos, polydestes, pharsalus. Part 2 (Sept. 1874). Coloured plates 7-12 (41 figures) with letterpress, page 9-16. Contents: Acraea manadaza, masamba, masonala, hova. Godartia crossleyi, trajanus, Neptis biafra. Euryphene camarensis, ribensis, comus, nivaria, porphirion. Harma capella, cyclades, ciceronis. Mycalesis vola, ankova, iboina, antahala. Part 3 (1875 ?). Black plates 13-18 (35 figures) without letterpress. Contents: Papilio colonna, philonoë, andronicus, Acraea cydonis, sambavae, rabbaiea, satis. Godartia wakefieldii. Diadema usambara. Charaxes hadnanus, andara, andriba, analeva, andranadorus. Mycalesis avelona, Erebia rakoto, ankaratra, passandava, n.sp.? Part 1 and 2 contain figures and descriptions of new species chiefly from Madagascar, then from the Camaroons, Old Calabar and Ribé (East Africa). The descriptions are copied (literally) from Ward's 2 papers (published in 'Entomologist's Monthly Magazine' volumes 6-9 and 8-9): 'Descriptions of new species of Diurnal Lepidopt. From Madagascar'. and 'Descriptions of new species of African Diurnal Lepidoptera'. The second paper is continued also through volume 10 of the 'E.E.M.' and I have no doubt that the species described in the continuation are those figured there in the 3rd part, which has no letterpress. This very beautiful work is highly important for the knowledge of the East African Fauna, as it contains 55 new species. Ward has not written any other work and also the "A.L." were - perhaps owing to the death of the author - soon interrupted. The book may be considered as the rarest of all modern works on Butterflies. My copy is the first I have ever seen, though I have searched for the book for more than 20 years. But, what is the chief thing: my copy is an unicum as it includes a third part quite unknown till today, which, as it seems, had never been in the trade; for neither are the plates coloured nor has it a letterpress, and the numbers of the plates as well as the name of the butterflies are not printed but only neatly written by pencil". We presume that Junk was wrong when he thought his copy to be an unicum, as we have sold a few copies in recent years. Bookseller Inventory # 304
Rhopalocera Palaearctica, iconographie et description des Papillons Diurnes de la région paléarctique.
Book Description: Florence, Roger Verity, 1905-1911. Folio (338 x 245 mm). 2 volumes. pp. lxxxvi, (2), 368; xii, with 86 (41 coloured) plates and 2 (1 coloured) maps. Contemporary red half cloth, spines with black gilt lettered label, marbled sides. A scarce work published in a small edition. "Ouvrage illustré, très important, édité à Florence, de 1905 à 1911; c'est un magnifique travail, remarquablement illustré. Il est indispensable de la consulter pour toutes les études relatives aux Papilionidae et Pieridae palaearctiques" (Oberthür, Etudes Lépidopterologiques comp. vol. xi). Original printed wrappers bound in. A good copy. Bookseller Inventory # 7928
Book Description: Opaque watercolour on sized parchment, 373 x 298mm., signed lower right: Pinxit Maria S. Merian. A fine original watercolour by Maria Sybilla Merian, showing a blue-and-white decorated Chinese vase placed on a wooden table. The vase is filled with double Pomegranate blossom, Passion flower, Auricula, Tulip, Iris, Garden Nasturtium, Pheasant Eye, Hyacinth, Fritillary, Rosa Mundi, Carnation and Anemone. Two beetles revive the scene. The flower species all occur in Merian's Flower Books which she produced between 1675 and 1679, when she also made some flower bouquets. This flower piece is from the a later date, after her divorse with Johann Graff, when she started to sign with her maiden name, probably from the early 1690's. The bouquet is in a more lively and natural style than in her former period. Signed works by Maria Sibylla Merian are rare.Provenance:Gallery Rafael Valls, catalogue Pictura, Maastricht 1983, p. 40, illustrated.Private collection, Germany: on loan and exhibited in the Historisches Museum, Frankfurt am Main.Exhibitions:'De Tulp en de Kunst', Nieuwe Kerk, Amsterdam 1994, no. T43, illustrated;'Maria Sibylla Merian - Artist and naturalist 1647-1717', Historisches Museum, Frankfurt am Main & Teyler Museum, Haarlem 1998, no. 110, illustrated.Charlotte Jacob-Hanson, 'Martia Sibylla Merian - artist - naturalist', 'The Magazine Antiques', August 2000, p. 175 with pl. II and illustrated on cover. Bookseller Inventory # 6449
Sammlung der prächtigen Edelgesteinen womit der Kasten der dreyen heiligen weisen Königen in der hohen Erz-Domkirche zu Köln ausgezieret ist, nach ihrem ächten Abdrucke in Kupfer gestochen. Nebst einer vorläufigen geschichtmässigen Einleitung.
Book Description: Bonn, gedruckt in der kurfürstl. Hofbuchdruckerey, 1781. 4to (280 x 220mm). pp. 37, with an engraved pictorial title and 12 (4 folded) engraved plates. Contemporary marbled wrappers. Of the author Johann Philipp Neri Maria Vogel only the initials are mentioned on the title. Sinkankas has not seen the present German edition, but quotes a French edition published in the same year with the same plates. 'The rather crude engravings are after impressions of the engraved gems used to decorate the riliquary of the Three Kings (Magi) in the Cologne Cathedral. The plates include a ground plan, front view, interior of the cathedral, and only the last four plates depict the 226 engraved gems in natural size. Vinet 1637 gives 'pet in- 4. très rare"(Sinkankas 6908).Old stamp on lower margin of title. Bookseller Inventory # 7238
Mollusques Méditerranéens observés, décrits, figurés et chromolithographiés d'après le vivant, ouvrage dédié à.s. m. le Roi Charles Albert. Première partie: CÉPHALOPODES DE LA MÉDITERRANÉE (all published).
Book Description: Gènes, imprimerie des Sourds-Muets, 1851. Folio (365 x 275 mm). pp. xvi, 132, with 44 plates of which 43 chromolithographed. Contemporary publisher's printed pictorial wrappers (unopened, uncut, and disbound). Jean Baptiste Verany (1800-1865) was one of the founders of the Nice Natural History Museum. In 2001 a special exhibition was organised at this museum on the occasion of the bicentenary of his birth. Only the first part of his work on the shells on the mediterranian was published. The book was privately printed and is one of the rarest works on shells. "The first drawing of a deep sea luminous squid" (Newton Harvey, A history of luminescence). We also have 2 plates numbered 39 which are slightly different and counted as one in the plate total."Jean-Baptiste Verany, a famous naturalist of the beginning of the 19th century, has distinguished himself by his work on octopus, squids, cuttlefishes and argonauts (cephalopod molluscs) which he discovered, described and wonderfully drew from specimens fished in the Mediterranean sea. His work was renowned throughout Europe and still is a reference and his paper ' Mediterranean Cephalopods', out of print for a long time, will form the subject of a CD ROM" (From the exhibition announcement of the Nice Natural History Museum). The wrappers are worn.Nissen quote only 2 bis plates, we have 3, and the British Museum catalogue gives only 41 plates. Bookseller Inventory # 7677
Book Description: Paris, J.B. Baillière, 1854-73. 2 livraisons. Folio (544 x 360 mm). pp. (iv), 26, (2); 70, with 26 lithographed plates, 24 coloured and 7 double-page, one double-page lithographed cross-section and one folding table; some occasional light spotting, a very nice copy, uncut in its original printed wrappers. First edition of this study of fossil fish from the Jura, intended as a supplement to Agassiz's 'Recherches sur les poissons fossiles' (1833-43). The fossils are all depicted life-size. This is an expanded version of a monograph which was first published in the annals of the Agricultural Society of Lyon.Nissen ZBI 4115. Bookseller Inventory # 6103
Histoire Naturelle des Diptères des environs de Paris, oeuvre posthume. Publié par les soins de sa famille, sous la direction de M. H. Monceaux.
Book Description: Paris, V. Masson et fils, 1863. 2 volumes. Royal-8vo (220 x 140mm). pp. xvi, 1143; (4), 920, with frontispiece portrait of the author. Publisher's printed wrappers. André Jean Bapiste Robineau-Desvoidy (1799-1857) was a French entomologist and physician of independant means. "According to Stone (1980), Robineau-Desvoidy had few friends after his falling out with Macquart. After Robineau-Desvoidy's death, one of his rare friends, Mr. Monceaux, secretary of a local scientific society in Auxerre, took it upon himself to edit and print the unpublished manuscripts of Robineau-Desvoidy" (Evenhuis 1863). A rare work.Horn-Schenkling 18221; Evenhuis, Litteratura Taxonomica Diptorum 1863. Bookseller Inventory # 7689
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