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SCHLECHTER, R.

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About this Item: Dahlem bei Berlin, Verlag des Repertoriums, 1919. 8vo (252 x 165mm). pp. (4), 319. Publisher's printed wrappers. Stafleu & Cowan 10.781. Important contribution to orchids of China and Japan by a famous orchidologist. Published as 'Beihefte 4, Repert. Sp. nov. Regn. veg.' Some damage to frontwrapper. Seller Inventory # 9882

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SALM-REIFFERSCHEID-DYCK, J.M. Fürst Von.

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About this Item: Düsseldorf, Arnz; Bonn, Cohen, 1836-1863. 4to (315 x 245mm). 7 parts bound in 3 volumes. With 352 partly hand-coloured lithographed plates and explanatory text. Contemporary half calf, spines in 3 compartments with gilt lettering. First and only edition. A foundation work on succulents, describing many South African species. Prince Joseph Maria von Salm-Reifferscheid-Dyck (1773-1861) was born at Castle Dyck near Düsseldorf. He was closely associated with the French botanists and botanical artists of the Napoleonic period. "His friendship for Redouté, the painter, who illustrated de Candolle's 'Plantarum Succulentarum Historia' led Salm-Dyck to devote himself thence-forward to the study of succulent plants. He took lessons in drawing and painting from his friend, and began to develop a living collection of succulents at Dyck.' (Curtis Botanical Magazine Dedications p. 67). Soon his collection of living succulent plants at Schloss Dyck became famous throughout Europe and was unrivalled at his time. "Das Buch blieb, wie gesagt, durch den Tod des Autors unvollständig, so dass der sicher beabsichtigte General-Index nicht erschienen ist. Die 'Monographia', seit langem vergriffen, ist, da die Nachfrage immer grösser wurde, rapide im Preis steigend, zumal vollständige Exemplare. geradezu verschwunden sind."(Junk 'Rara' p. 109). William T. Stearn published an annotated index to the work.The excellent plates are hand-coloured lithographs of drawings by the author and are always partly coloured. Wilhelm Junk gives an exact collation of the work which agrees with the above offered copy. The work is a great rarity and we have only offered 2 copies during the last decades. In our catalogue 276 we offered Prince Salm-Reifferscheid-Dyck's own copy priced fl. 120.000 (about Euro 55.000). Due to the quality of the paper the book has some browing and foxing throughout.Kerkham, Southern African Botanical Literature, no. 577; Junk Rara pp. 107-109; Nissen BBI, 1720; Stafleu & Cowan TL2 10.129. Seller Inventory # 9848

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A Monograph of the Felidae or Family: ELLIOT, D.G.

ELLIOT, D.G.

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About this Item: London, by the Author, (1878-) 1883. Large folio (597 x 477mm). With 43 splendid handcoloured lithographed plates from drawings by Joseph Wolf and lithographed by J. Smith. Slightly later green half morocco, gilt lettered spine in 6 compartments. First and only edition. A superb copy of the most splendid monograph ever made on this group of animals (Cats, Lions, Pumas, Tigers, Panthers). In the Preface Elliot remarks of Wolf's illustrations: "It is quite unnecessary for me to call attention to the Plates which ornament this volume. They are worthy of the great artist who produced them, and they bear an enhanced value." Josef Wolf, from German origin, was the first of a select group of continental bird and animal artists to be attracted to England, to be followed by artists as Keulemans, Smit and Grönvold. He became one of the most celebrated artists of his time, illustrating other works of Elliot, Schlegel & Wulverhorst's 'Traité de Fauconnerie', and contributing a.o. plates to Gould's 'Birds of Asia" and 'The birds of Great Britain'. ". was fortunate enough to secure the services of Mr. Joseph Wolf, who may be fairly said to stand alone in intimate knowledge of the habits and forms of Mammals and Birds" (Skipwith p. 105). Daniel Giraud Elliot was a wealthy American naturalist and author of a number of sumptuously illustrated ornithological books, as well as the present work on the family of cats. He was Curator of Zoology at the Field Museum of Chicago. The work was issued in 11 parts. The upper printed 11 wrappers to these parts are bound in at the end of the book.Nissen ZBI, 1279; Wood p. 332. Seller Inventory # 9843

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GROSE SMITH, H. & KIRBY, W.F.

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About this Item: London, Gurney & Jackson, 1887-1902. 3 volumes. Large-4to (284 x 220mm). With 180 hand-coloured lithographed plates and descriptive text. Contemporary red half morocco, spines in 6 compartments with gilt lines and lettering, topedges gilt. A beautifully illustrated and rare work on exotic butterflies. As the work was issued in 60 parts over a period of 15 years complete copies are scarce. "The present work is designed to illustrate some of the rarer and more beautiful new species of butterflies which are continually being sent to Europe from all parts of the world by travellers and missionaries, as well as professional collectors, and it may be regarded as supplementary to late Mr. Hewitson's 'Exotic Butterflies', and 'Illustrations of Diurnal Lepidoptera' . The insects figured and described in this volume are chiefly selected from the Collection of Mr. Grose Smith, and with a very few exceptions have not been previously figured" (From the Preface). Butterflies were also selected from the collections of W. Rothschild, Staudinger and a.o. Hewitson. All original printed wrappers are bound in. A very fine copy.Provenance: Armorial bookplate of William Bree, Archdeacon of Coventry.Nissen ZBI, 1728. Seller Inventory # 9859

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About this Item: Nürnberg, Gedruckt auf Kosten der Herausgeber, 1841-1847. 4 parts, bound in one. 4to (325 x 235mm). With 38 lithographed plates of which 36 beautifully handcoloured. Later green half morocco with gilt bird ornaments and gilt lettering, marbled sides. The excessively rare German edition of Gould's 'Monograph of the Ramphastidae, or family of Toucans'. "John Gould's magnificent folios are probably the best known of the older bird books and are found in most libraries. There is one work, however, which seems to be very rare, namely the German translation by the brothers J.H.C.F. and J.W. Sturm of Gould's monograph on the Ramphastidae, 1834. This was never finished, only 4 parts in small folio with 36 coloured and 2 plain plates being published in Nuremburg, 1841-47. No title-page was published, but I quote the title given in the prospectus ." (C. Kirke Swann in Journal of Soc. for Bibl. of Nat. Hist Vol. III, 3). In our copy the prospectus is bound at the beginning of the work as well as the 4 printed wrappers to the 4 parts at the end. Sauer in his work 'John Gould The Bird Man' (see pages 45-48) gives an extensive description of this German edition. A fine copy with excellent colouring of the plates.Nissen IVB, 379; Anker 170; Schlenker 137.1. Seller Inventory # 9838

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First series, volumes 1-7 (all published). London,: TRANSACTIONS OF THE

TRANSACTIONS OF THE HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY OF LONDON.

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About this Item: London, W. Nicol, 1835-1848. 10 volumes. 4to (282 x 220mm). With 7 engraved titles and 176 engraved plates of which 93 (some double-page) superbly hand-coloured. Contemporay uniform green morocco, spines with gilt lines and lettering. A rare and fine complete set of the most important and beautiful British pomological journal, founded by Sir Joseph Banks, John Wedgwood and others in 1804. It is illustrated with many superb fruit plates by the best artists of the period such as Franz Bauer, Will. Hooker, Miss Drake, C. Lindley, Lady Boughton, showing peaches, strawberries, apricots, cherries, gooseberries etc. ''When the Horticultural Society of London looked for an artist to embellish their prestiguous 'Transactions.', q.v., Hooker impressed its Drawing Committee with a previous work, 'Paradisus Londinensis.', and received the appointment. For 20 years, he loyally contributed many flower. and superb fruit plates.' (Janson, Pomona's Harvest p. 299). Many of the fine plates are handcoloured aquatint engravings.Provenance: Armorial bookplate of William Scurfield Grey.Nissen BBI, 2387; Pritzel 10860; Dunthorne 142. Seller Inventory # 9725

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Illustrationes Plantarum Orientalium.: JAUBERT, H.F. &

JAUBERT, H.F. & SPACH, E.

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About this Item: Paris, Roret, 1842-1857. 5 volumes. Large-4to (350 x 260mm). With 500 engraved plates. Contemporary half calf, spines with 2 black gilt lettered labels and gilt lines, marbled sides (slightly rubbed). A fine copy of this very scarce flora of the Near East (from Greece eastward to Afghanistan and southward to Abyssinia). "This fine work owes its origin to an expedition made in 1839 by the French politician and botanist Count François Hippolyte Jaubert (1798-1874), and his friend Charles F.M. Texier (1802-1871), the archeologist, to Asia Minor. On his return Jaubert decided to publish illustrations of the new and little known species of plants he had collected, with some collected by earlier travellers . The best botanical artists of Paris - J. and F. Gontier, E. Lesèble, de Ligniville, Maubert, Riocreux, Willy, Mlle. Champeaux, Mesdames Gouffé, Hublier and Spach - were employed for the plates . All beautifully and accurately drawn and engraved. Historically the most interesting are a number by Claude Aubriet . Nicolas Robert and Pierre Redouté. Jaubert planned and directed the work and even wrote part of the text, but most of this was done by Edouard Spach" (Journal Soc. Bibl. Nat. Hist. I, 9). Edmond Boissier the famous author of 'Flora Orientalis' considered the 'Illustrationes' "par le soin apporté à la partie descriptive et par la beauté des figures, un des livres les plus precieux pour la Flore d'Orient". Our copy does not have the large folded map, but instead has 10 maps inserted from another work such as 'Carte de la monarchie des Hebreux sous Salomon ou le Royaume d'Israel', 'Carte de l'empire des Perses', 'Carte du Nord de la Judée ou Terre Sainte', 'Carte du Paradis Terrestre' and 'Carte de la Syrie'. First title with 2 repaired cut out pieces, and another page with 1 repaired cut out piece, all without loss of text. The work is always prone to foxing however the present copy is better than other copies we have sold in the past.Provenance: Library stamp on free endpaper of H. Demirez Bibliyotegi 1952.Nissen BBI, 958; Stafleu & Cowan 3303. Seller Inventory # 9696

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Selecta Fungorum Carpologia, ea documenta et icones: TULASNE, L.R. &

About this Item: Parisiis, in Imperiali Typographeo excudebatur, 1861-1865. 3 volumes. Folio (355 x 260mm.). pp. xxviii, 242, with 2 vignettes and 5 engraved plates; pp. xix, (1), 319, with 2 vignettes and 34 engraved plates; pp. xvi, 221, with 2 vignettes and 22 engraved plates. Recent brown half morocco, gilt ornamented and lettered spines in 6 compartments. First and only edition of one of the rarest and most beautifully illustrated works on mycology. Louis René Tulasne and his brother Charles cooperated in a life-long study of botany. Charles was an artist of unusual dexterity, and he made the illustations of the above work. They represent the finest on the subject and have never been excelled, and are almost of a surrealistic nature. "Their magnum opus was the 'Selecta Fungorum Carpologia' in three magnificent quarto volumes published in 1861-1865, in which they demonstrated the pleomorphism of ascomycetes which had been denied by some contemporary mycologists. They depicted for the first time the conidia, perithecia, and asci of many important parasitic ascomycetes" (Reed. A short history of Plant Sciences p. 272). "Sehr selten in der lateinischen Erstausgabe. Die Tafeln von Charles Tulasne mit detaillierten Mikrozeichnungen zählen zu den feinsten Darstellungen der mykologischen Literatur" (Volbracht 2136). An English edition was published in 1931. A beautifully bound and fine copy from the libarary of Nils Fries with his bookplate. The present copy was sold to him by our company in 1975 and Prof. Fries had it attractively bound. Volumes 2 and 3 have the original printed wrappers bound in. Old library stamp on half titles.Nissen BBI, 2010; Stafleu & Cowan, 15.315. Seller Inventory # 9744

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Skandinaviens Fiskar, målade efter lefvande exemplar och: FRIES, B.F. &

About this Item: Stockholm, P.A. Norstedt & Söner, 1836-(1857). 4to (295 x 245mm). pp. (2, Praemonenda), iv (Inledning), 222, with 60 lithographed plates of which 59 are splendidly hand-coloured; pp. 44, (2, index to plates), with 3 engraved plates. Contemporary green half morocco, spine in 6 compartments with gilt fish ornaments and lettering, top edges gilt. The rare first edition of the most splendid book on Scandinavian fishes. The fine plates heightened with gum Arabic are by Wilhelm von Wright (1810-1887), a Finnish-born natural history painter. He was the middle of 3 brothers who made their living as painters, illustrators or naturalists and moved to Stockholm to assist his eldest brother Magnus with his work 'Svenska Foglar'. The publication of the present work, his masterpiece, began in 1836 and was completed with the help of his younger brother Ferdinand in 1857. The text was started by Bengt Friedrich Fries and completed by Ekström and Sundevall. The work was issued in 10 parts including the supplement (present in our copy). No title page was published and the printed wrappers of the first part are bound in its place. The work is prone to serious foxing, which is not the case in the present copy. The text has some minor foxing and browning and 1 plain plate is foxed. All the other plates are in mint condition. A fine complete copy of this rare work.Nissen, Schöne Fischbücher 56; Nissen ZBI, 1435. Seller Inventory # 9690

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Malacologie de l'Algérie, ou histoire naturelle des: BOURGUIGNAT, J.R.

About this Item: Paris, Challamel ainé, (1863-) 1864. 2 volumes. Folio (362 x 270mm). pp. xii, 294; 380 with 58 (10 fully or partly hand-coloured) lithographed plates, 5 (4 hand-coloured) maps. Contemporary red half morocco, spines with green gilt lettered labels, red marbled boards. A fine complete set of this beautifully produced work and Bourguignat's magnum opus. Bourguignat is considered the 'bête noir' of French conchology. His principal interests were non-marine shells. 'Bourguignat maintained that species should be determined on arbitrarily chosen characters . By exploiting it energetically Bourguignat was able to describe nearly a thousand so-called new species from European and African localities and in so doing alienated himself and his movement from the more conscientious students of European and African molluscs' (Dance, A History of Shell collecting p. 164). "Unfortunately his new 'formes' were presented to the world as if they were new species (and he usually referred to them as such): they were described fully and named binominally. Consequently they are nomenclaturally valid and cannot be dismissed out of hand no matter how questionable their validity in other respects. This means that a correct knowledge of the dates of issue of those publications in which they first appeared is still important. It is principally on this account that the following information is presented, for it concerns the dates of issue and mode of publication of a work in which Bourguignat introduced so many of his 'abstractions', the 'Malacologie de l'Algérie'" (Dance, J.R. Bourguignat's Malacologie de l'Algérie pp. 19-20). The excellent plates are by Arnoul and Levasseur. Printed wrapper of the first fascicule bound in at the first volume and printed wrapper of fascicule 4 bound in at the second volume. As all Bourguignat's publications it is rare as the edition was very small.Nissen ZBI, 504; B.M.(Nat. Hist.)I, 214; also see S.P. Dance, 'J.R. Bourguignat's Malacologie de l'Algerie, 1863' (J. Soc. Biblphy nat. Hist 5, pp. 19-22). Seller Inventory # 9739

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Original 5 page manuscript by François Fulgis: CHEVALLIER, F.F.

About this Item: 51 ORIGINAL WATERCOLOURS by P. Duménil to illustrate the above work and 3 proof plates and an engraved portrait of the author. François Fulgis Chevallier intended to publish 20 parts, however only 4 parts with 21 plates were published between 1824 and 1827. Chevallier (1796-1840) was a French botanist of some renown, the author of 2 mycological books and a popular flora of the Paris area.The superb original watercolours, of which 43 are signed 'P. Duménil' are of a high artistic quality. The drawings, all but two within a frame, measure approx. 11,5 x 16cm. and are painted on quarto sheets, only 2 watercolours on small paper. All plates with two small perforation holes in the margin, not affecting the illustrations.Paul Chrétien Romain Constant Duménil (1779-1859), was a well-known natural history painter. He published in 1859 the 'Nouveau manuel complet de peinture d'histoire naturelle'. He further supervised the illustrations for Tussac's famous 'Flore des Antilles', and made illustrations for Persoon's 'Mycologia Europaea' and also Chevalier's other work 'Flore générale des environs de Paris'. He also illustrated numerous zoological and entomological works such as Poey's 'Centurie de lépidoptères de Cuba'; Godart & Duponchel's 'Histoire naturelle des Lépidoptères ou Papillons de France'; Laplace's 'Voyage autour du monde'. Nissen lists 32 works with illustrations by Duménil. Seller Inventory # 9722

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About this Item: Torino, ex Typographia Regia, (1839). 4to (310 x 235mm). pp. 242, with 6 engraved plates. Later wrappers. The monograph was published in 'Memorie della Reale Acad. delle Scienze di Torino' Serie II, tom. 2.Pritzel 6460; Stafleu & Cowan 6330. Seller Inventory # 9601

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Flora Veronensis quam in prodromum florae Italiae: POLLINI, C.

POLLINI, C.

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About this Item: Veronae, Typis et expensis Soc. Typogr., 1822-1824. 3 volumes. 8vo (225 x 145mm). (I) pp. xxxv, 535, with 2 engraved folded plates; (II) pp. 754, with 6 engraved folded plates; (III) pp. 898, with 4 engraved folded plates. Original printed wrappers. Ciro Pollini (1782-1833) was an Italian botanist and physician and curator of the Verona botanical garden.Stafleu & Cowan 8145. Seller Inventory # 9604

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Tierbücher aus fünf Jahrhunderten.: NISSEN, C.

NISSEN, C.

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About this Item: Muenchen 1968. 4to. pp. 108, (1), with frontispiece. Publisher's printed wrappers (together with:) Sixty original plates (many handcoloured) from German, French, Dutch, English, Italian, and Swiss Zoological works from 1491-1966. Folio. All plates in passe-partout. In a cloth-box. Only 100 copies published of this important book dealing with the history of zoological illustration through the centuries. It is the only work on early zoological publications which shows the original leaves together with an excellent bibliography. The superb leaves are for example taken from works such as: Ortus Sanitatis, Mainz 1491; Gart der Gesundheit, Strassburg, 1497-99; Gessner, Fischbuch, Frankfurt 1589; Schreber, Die Säugthiere, Halle 1775-1555; Bloch, Fische Deutschlands; Engramelle, Papillons d'Europe; Susemihl, Die Vögel Europas; etc. Seller Inventory # 9622

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On the growth of the Salmon in: YARRELL, W.

About this Item: London , John van Voorst, 1839. Oblong-folio (310 x 435mm). pp. (2), 3, (1), with 3 fine hand-coloured engraved plates showing 6 salmon. Publisher's printed wrappers, leather spine. William Yarrell (1784-1856) is best known for his 'The History of British Fishes' and 'A History of British Birds'. The present work on the salmon was issued in a small limited edition and is quite rare. The fine plates are drawn by C. Curtis and are beautifully hand-coloured.Nissen ZBI, 4489. Seller Inventory # 9633

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De Gentiana dissertatio.: FROELICH, J.A.

FROELICH, J.A.

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About this Item: Erlangae, typis Kunstmannianis, 1796. 8vo (215 x125mm). pp. (6), 142 with 1 fine hand-coloured engraved plate. Contemporary brown wrappers. The thesis issue, a trade issue was published in the same year. Josef Aloys Frölich (1766-1841) was a German botanist and entomologist. The genus Froelichia (family Amaranthaceae) is named in his honour. The fine engraved plate is by J. Sturm.Provenance: Dedication by the author to Von Moll on free end-paper.Stafleu & Cowan 1906. Seller Inventory # 9600

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Fauna del regno di Napoli, ossia enumerazione: COSTA, O.G &

COSTA, O.G & COSTA, A.

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About this Item: Napoli, Tramater, (1829) 1832-1859. 11 volumes. 4to (270 x 220mm). With 377 mostly hand-coloured engraved plates. Later half vellum, gilt ornamented spines with 2 red gilt lettered labels. Copies of the above survey of the animal kingdom of Southern Italy are extremely rare. In the last decades only 2 copies have been offered for sale. We offered a copy in 1979 which had 380 plates and a copy was offered in the Bradley Martin sale (Sotheby's New York, December 12, 1989) with 384 plates. The Bradley Martin copy fetched $ 31.000 (without premium). As far as we can trace no complete copy of this work has been offered for sale. The work was published from 1832 to 1875 in 114 parts and Nissen gives a plate total of 408 plates. It was edited by Oronzio Gabriele Costa (1787-1867) professor at the University of Naples and continued by his son Achille Costa. Our set is almost complete up to the year 1859. Davies Sherborn in the 'Journal of the Soc. For Bibliography of Natural History' Vol. I, part 2 pp. 35-47 gives a detailed collation of the work. This is bibliographically a very complex work and the collations given vary. In several cases we have more plates or text than called for. Two volumes have the original half calf binding and in order to have a nicely uniform-bound set, slipcases have been made by a former owner, identical to the other volumes. A detailed collation of the work can be sent on request.Nissen ZBi, 971; Wood 301, calling for 382 plates. Seller Inventory # 9467

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PAULET, J.J.

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About this Item: Paris, chez J.B. Baillière, 1855. Folio (355 x 273mm). 54 fine hand-coloured engraved plates of 247. Loose in old wrappers. A reissue of 54 (of 247) plates of Jean Jacques Paulet's 'Traité des Champignons', 1793-1835. Both Paulet and Léveillé were famous French mycologists.Stafleu & Cowan II, 4470; Nissen BBI, 1496. Seller Inventory # 9540

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Kai sen Shu (One thousand kinds of: HIRASE, Y.

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About this Item: Kyoto 1912-21. 4 volumes. 4to (250 x 180mm). With 400 beautifully hand-coloured woodcuts. Contemporary silk bound volumes, in a Japanese cloth case. A complete copy of this very scarce beautifully produced Japanese work on shells. Hirase Yoichiro (1859-1925), Japans most famous conchologist at the turn of the century, established his own Conchological Museum in Kyoto in 1936 and founded the short-lived 'Conchological Magazine' in 1907. He assembled the largest collection of shells in Japan. "Four silk-bound volumes of this unique conchological publication were issued, each containing many illustrations produced from woodcuts and coloured by hand in traditional Japanese style. almost single-handed, he placed his country on the conchological map." (Dance, Hist. of Shell Collecting p. 181). "This is why I have used the wood-cut art, which has been existing a long time in Kyoto, and has advanced to an excellent state of development" (From the Introduction). A fine copy of a rare book illustrating Japanese shells in a traditional Japanese manner. "Kai Sen Shu is unique among conchological publications and is highly prized by each fortunate owner of a copy" (Dance, Shells p. 126). The title of the book is commonly quoted as 'Kai sen Shu' but the correct title according to Mr. Paul Callomon is 'Kai Chigusa'.Dance 150. Seller Inventory # 9452

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The genera of Diurnal Lepidoptera: comprising their: DOUBLEDAY, E. &

About this Item: London, Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1846-1852. 2 volumes. Folio (375 x 270mm). pp. xi, (1), 1-250; (2), 251- 534, with 86 lithographed plates of which 85 splendidly handcoloured. Contemporary green half morocco, richly gilt decorated spines in 6 compartments, marbled sides (minor skilful repair to bindings). One of the rarest and most beautiful iconographies on butterflies. The magnificently handcoloured plates were drawn and lithographed by William C. Hewitson. Hewitson was a very wealthy naturalist and formed the most complete collection of diurnal lepidoptera of the world (now in the British Museum). "Hewitson was a most accomplished artist and scrupulously accurate draughtsman, and his figures, whether of birds' eggs or butterflies, are drawn and coloured with conscientious care . In his own line, as a pictorial describer of butterflies, Hewitson stands unrivalled" (DNB. IX pp. 758-59). The work was published in 54 parts. The first 31 parts by Doubleday and due to his early death the work was continued by Westwood. The work is fully discussed by F. Hemming in the "Journal of the Soc. for Bibl. of Nat. Hist. Vol. I,11. pp. 335-464". 'The number of new species figured by Doubleday is very considerable, and is even larger than appears at first sight' (Hemming)."Westwood remarked that the butterfly collection of the British Museum was 'one of the finest ever formed', and Doubleday based his work on that collection, gaining other information. Particularly on butterfly habits, from manuscripts and drawings also in the British Museum. The famous collection of drawings by John Abbot painted in America and sent to England, plus those of General Hardwicke's collection of Indian drawings gave much of this information"(Gilbert. Butterfly Collectors and Painters p. 82). The first plate, an anatomical plate, was never coloured. A fine copy without any foxing.Horn & Schenkling 5034: "Sehr selten"; Nissen ZBI, 1150. Seller Inventory # 9251

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WOLFF, J.F.

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About this Item: Erlangen, J.J. Palm, 1800-1804. Heft I-IV (of V). 4to (260 x 215mm). pp. (4), 161, (3), with 16 hand-coloured engraved plates. Contemporary boards and wrappers. Without the last part, which was published in 1811.Nissen ZBI, 4439. Seller Inventory # 8770

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African Lepidoptera, being descriptions of new species.: WARD, C.

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About this Item: London, Longmans, Green & Co. (1873-1875 ?). 3 parts. 4to (295 x 230mm). pp. 16, with 18 (12 hand-coloured) 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. Seller Inventory # 9344

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ROBINAEU-DESVOIDY, A.J.B.

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About this Item: Paris, Compère Jeune, 1828. 8vo (215 x 128mm). pp. (6), lxxviii, 228, with 2 folding tables and 1 folded plate. Recent half cloth, spine with red gilt lettered label (original printed wrappers preserved). Horn-Schenkling 18184. Seller Inventory # 8981

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About this Item: Wien, J.P. Sollinger, 1838. 4to (280 x 220mm). pp. 7, with 1 hand-coloured lithographed plate. Publisher's printed wrappers. All published. Plate with marginal paper repair not affecting the illustration.Horn-Schenkling 9961. Seller Inventory # 9348

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Histoire abrégée des Insectes, dans laquelle ces: GEOFFROY, (E.L.).

GEOFFROY, (E.L.).

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About this Item: Nouvelle édition, revue, corrigée, & augmentée d'un Supplément considérable. Paris, Delalain, An 9-1800. 2 volumes. 4to (245 x 195mm). pp. xxviii, 556, with 1 folded table and 10 engraved handcoloured folded plates; pp. (2), 744, with 12 handcoloured folded engraved plates. Contemporary calf, gilt ornamented spines with 2 gilt lettered labels (a bit worn). Last edition, coloured issue. The title of the first edition (1762) mentions that the insects were collected in the Paris area ".des insectes qui se trouvent aux environs de Paris.", a fact which was omitted in the title of the other editions. ". Geoffroy published a work on the insects of the Paris area in which he used new criteria of classification: absence or presence, number, form and texture of the wings; and distribution of the various orders according to the number of tarsomeres in the tarsi. The latter criterion attracted the attention of Linnaeus, who often quoted Geoffroy." (D.S.B. V, pp. 355). The plates are finely hand-coloured.Nissen ZBI, 1522. Seller Inventory # 9283

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Fundamenta Entomologiae: or, an introduction to the: CURTIS, W.

About this Item: London, for the Author, 1772. 8vo (210 x 135mm). pp. viii, 87, (2), with 2 engraved plates. Later green half cloth, gilt lettering on spine, marbled sides. William Curtis (1746-1799) is chiefly remembered as the author of two famous botanical books 'Flora Londinensis'' and the 'Botanical Magazine'. Curtis, however, was more than just the author on these 2 works. He studied most branches of natural history. His first work was an entomological treatise 'Instructions for collecting and preserving insects' (1771) which was warmly praised by Sir Joseph Banks. It was followed in 1772 by his 'Fundamenta Entomologiae'.Horn-Schenkling 4241. Seller Inventory # 9360

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About this Item: Lyon, L. Babeuf, 1830. 2 volumes. 8vo (215 x 140mm). pp. x, 392; pp. (4), 402, (4), with 15 engraved plates of which 13 finely handcoloured. Recent half calf, spines with gilt lettering, the original printed wrappers bound in. Etienne Mulsant (1797-1880) was a French entomologist. The present work is his first publication. "On ne peut apprécier le style de l'auteur à travers ses descriptions d'insectes et les méandres de la classification au sein de laquelle il apporte beaucoup de logique et de clarté" (Lhoste p. 68). A fine copy of an attractively illustrated work.Provenance: Bookplate of J. d'Aguilar and a handwritten dedication of the son of the author on first leaf, small stamp of A. Lelong prêtre on first title-page.Horn-Schenkling 15655. Seller Inventory # 9315

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About this Item: Paris, F. Dufart, An X-XIII (1802-1805). 14 volumes. 8vo (215 x 135mm). With 112 engraved plates and 14 folding charts. Publisher's marbled wrappers, spines with paper label titles. Latreille's largest work. 'Latreille's major scientific contribution lay in applying the 'natural method' to the classification of insects, arachnids, and crustaceans' (DSB). Pierre André Latreille (1762-1833) was a famous French entomologist and professor at the Muséum d'Histoire Naturelle in Paris. A uncut uniform set.Horn-Schenkling 12825. Seller Inventory # 8933

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Spécies et iconographie générique des Animaux Articulés: GUÉRIN-MÉNEVILLE, F.E.

About this Item: Paris, au Bureau de la Revue Zoologique, (1843-1849). 9 parts bound in one. 8vo (215 x 135mm). With 36 lithographed plates. Contemporary brown calf, spine with gilt lettering, marbled sides. All published and a rare work. The 9 parts contain 36 numbered sections. Guérin-Méneville (1799-1874) was a celebrated French naturalist, founder of the 'Magasin de Zoologie' and co-founder of the Société Entomologique de France and professor of zoology at the Collège de France in Paris.Horn-Schenkling 8858. Seller Inventory # 9358

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Iconographie et histoire naturelle des Coléoptères d'Europe.: DEJEAN, P.F. &

DEJEAN, P.F. & BOISDUVAL, J.A.

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About this Item: Paris, Méquignon-Marvis, 1829-1836 (-1838). 5 volumes. 8vo (230 x 150mm). pp. xiv, 400; 407, (1); 326; 486; 415, (1), with 270 handcoloured engraved plates. Contemporary red half calf, gilt lettered spines (some hinges a bit weak) & last volume in original printed wrappers. First edition. The stock of the first 2 volumes was destroyed by fire and both volumes were reprinted in 1837. The last volume 5, which is mostly lacking was written by Ch. Aubé and must have been issued in a small number. P.F. Dejean was called 'the first great coleopterist'. Together with Boisduval, who was his private curator, he published the above work on European coleoptera. "The great name in coleopterology during the early nineteenth century was P.F.M.A. Dejean (1780-1845), with a career quite exceptional among entomologists; a general who rose to the title "pair de France" and served as Napoleon's first aide-de-champ in the battle of Waterloo. Dejean was an ardent collector and eventually in part by purchase, brought together the largest private insect collection of his time. He lost no opportunity to fetch rare specimens, which is amply evident from what was told about his somewhat unmilitary behaviour during raging war" (R.F. Smith a.o. History of Entomology pp. 125-6). Dejean added insects to his collection from the fields of Waterloo. His collection numbered 22,399 species in 1837. Some foxing as usual.Horn & Schenkling 4602; Nissen ZBI, 1062. Seller Inventory # 8213

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