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Archiv von Merkwurdigkeiten aus dem Reiche der Natur und dem Gebiete der Kunste und Wissenschaften. Erster Jahrgang.
Braunschweig, [Oehme & Mller], 1832-1833. 12 issues in one. 4to (25.0 x 21.2 cm). 96 pp., 24 lithographed plates. Contemporary marbled boards.= A rare periodical about the curiosities of nature, new discoveries and fascinating facts and places. Illustrated with very fine plates, showing for example whales and whaling, elephants, shells, towns like London and Milan, hunting scenes, etc., etc. Some scattered foxing in the text, a few old (ink) spots. Spine chipped. Plates generally clean. A very good copy.
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Book number: 51185
€  100.00 [Appr.: US$ 105.57 | £UK 85 | JP 11958]

 
Archiv für Molluskenkunde. Volume 61 (complete).
Frankfurt am Main, Senckenbergischen Naturforschenden Gesellschaft, 1929. Six parts in six, 8vo. 296, 48 pp., 18 plates. Uniform printed wrappers.= Mainly on land shells. With several new species. A good set.
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Book number: 69625
€  40.00 [Appr.: US$ 42.23 | £UK 34 | JP 4783]

 
Basteria. Tijdschrift van de Nederlandse Malacologische Vereniging. Volumes 13-32.
Leiden, Nederlandse Malacologische Vereniging, 1949-1967. Bound in three. Small 8vo. Numerous plates. Bindings not uniform.= Long run of longest running and most important Dutch malacological periodical. Many papers are in German and French (especially in the earlier volumes), and English (in the later volumes). Many papers are taxonomically important and contain new species. A good set.
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Book number: 55140
€  250.00 [Appr.: US$ 263.94 | £UK 212.25 | JP 29896]

 
Bataviaasch Genootschap der Kunsten en Wetenschappen: Verhandelingen. Volume 1.
Batavia, Ter Lands Drukkerij, 1820. 8vo (18.6 x 12.5 cm) 266 pp., 59 pp. Voorbericht, 23 pp. Nabericht and Bladwijzer. Contemporary half calf with mottled paper over boards.= Rare first volume of this series of Asian studies begun in 1779, and completed in 1950. This is the first reprint, published in Batavia, whereas the 1st edition was published in the Netherlands. Includes: Baron van Wurmb, De orde der Palmboomen; Josua van Iperen, Beschrijving van een witten Neger; Register der geslagten van drie rijken der Natuur naar de 12e druk van Systema Natura van Car. Linnaeus tot de Vegetablilia, vervolgens naar de Herbarius Ambonensis dealing with Animalia, Vegetabilian, Mineralia in three languages - Malaysian, Dutch and Latin - and dealing mainly with the natural history of Southeast Asia; J. Radermacher and W. van Hogendorp, Beschrijving van het Koningrijk Jaccathra and Stad Batavia; W. van Hogendorp, Beschrijving van het eiland Timor. Wear to bottom headcap, joints and corners. Very light waterstain to tops of pp 49 (Voorbericht) - 24, 47-82, otherwise text block is clean and in fine condition. Gilt labeling on spine, title on paper label. A rare edition of 18th century observations of natural history in present-day Indonesia in good condition.
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Book number: 50455
€  650.00 [Appr.: US$ 686.23 | £UK 551.75 | JP 77730]

 
Bulletins of American Paleontology. Volumes 52-53.
Ithaca, NY, Paleontological Research Institution, 1967. Two volumes in two. 8vo. Uniform blue buckram with gilt title on the spine.= A rather long uninterrupted run. With works on Brachiopoda, Foraminifera and Bryozoa. It may be added to the similarly bound set which runs from vol. I to volume 50. A very good, clean set.
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Book number: 69380
€  60.00 [Appr.: US$ 63.34 | £UK 51 | JP 7175]

 
Bulletins of American Paleontology. Volumes 24-29.
Ithaca, NY, Paleontological Research Institution, 1938-1945. Six volumes in six. 8vo. Uniform blue buckram with gilt title on the spine.= A rather long uninterrupted run. With several conchological contributions. A very good, clean set. This set adjoins the blue buckram part of the complete set 1-50; and could be taken to replace the overlapping black buckram part of that set.
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Book number: 69379
€  200.00 [Appr.: US$ 211.15 | £UK 169.75 | JP 23917]

 
[ANONYMOUS]
Chinese watercolour from around 1850. Cypraea, Glycymeris, Babylonia, muricid.
A fine water-colour depicting shells on pith paper. Oblong, 15.0 x 23.0 cm. Glass covered. In simple but elegant frame of 27.0 x 34.0 cm.= Delicately water-coloured images of shells by an unknown artist. The genera are usually very recognizeable, except for the volutid; species-level identification is less easy, but that of course has not been the aim of the artist, who painted the gastropods as mirror images. Very small tear in upper right part and thin tear to upper middle margin, some light foxing, but not very distractive. A unique item.
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Book number: 70064
€  380.00 [Appr.: US$ 401.18 | £UK 322.75 | JP 45442]

 
[ANONYMOUS]
Chinese watercolour from around 1850. Oliva, Fissurella, Arca, Fulgonaria (?), etc.
A fine water-colour depicting shells on pith paper. Oblong, 15.0 x 23.0 cm. Glass covered. In simple but elegant frame of 27.0 x 34.0 cm.= Delicately water-coloured images of shells by an unknown artist. The genera are usually very recognizeable, except for the volutid; species-level identification is less easy, but that of course has not been the aim of the artist, who painted the gastropods as mirror images. Small tear to lower middle part and some light foxing, but not very distractive. A unique item.
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Book number: 70063
€  380.00 [Appr.: US$ 401.18 | £UK 322.75 | JP 45442]

 
[ANONYMOUS]
Chinese watercolour from around 1850. Cassis, Conus, Haliotis, Nerita, Venus.
A fine water-colour depicting shells on pith paper. Oblong, 15.0 x 23.0 cm. Glass covered. In simple but elegant frame of 27.0 x 34.0 cm.= Delicately water-coloured images of shells by an unknown artist. The genera are usually very recognizeable, species-level identification is less easy, but that of course has not been the aim of the artist. A few thin tears and some light spots are present, but not very distractive. A unique item.
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Book number: 54649
€  450.00 [Appr.: US$ 475.08 | £UK 382 | JP 53813]

 
[ANONYMOUS]
Chinese watercolour from around 1850. Oliva, Angaria, Merica, etc.
A fine water-colour depicting shells on pith paper. Oblong, 15.0 x 23.0 cm. Glass covered. In simple but elegant frame of 27.0 x 34.0 cm.= Delicately water-coloured images of shells by an unknown artist. The genera are usually very recognizeable, except for the volutid; species-level identification is less easy, but that of course has not been the aim of the artist, who painted the gastropods as mirror images. Some light foxing, but not very distractive. A unique item.
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Book number: 70065
€  425.00 [Appr.: US$ 448.69 | £UK 360.75 | JP 50823]

 
[VIOLLET-LE-DUC, E. E.]
Compositions et dessins de Viollet-Le-Duc publiés sous la patronage de Comité de l'Oeuvre du Maitre.
Paris, Librairie Centrale d'Architecture Des Fossez et Cie, 1884. Folio (48.8 x 34.5 cm). Frontispiece portrait (heliogravure); iii pp.; 100 plates on 91 leaves. Original burgundy half morocco over marbled boards. Spine with five stipple-gilted raised bands, gilt ornamental lines at head and foot, and gilt title. Floral patterned endpapers; red speckled edges.= A very special copy, with the printed text "Edition de Luxe No. 239. Exemplaire souscrit par M. J. Carbonnier" on the half-title verso. Several different printing techniques and different types of paper were used for this "deluxe" edition. Eugne Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc (1814-1879) "...was a French architect and theorist, especially known for his interpretive 'restorations' of medieval buildings. Born in Paris, he was a major Gothic Revival architect. His works were largely restorative and few of his independent building designs were ever realised. Strongly contrary to the prevailing Beaux-Arts architectural trend of his time, much of his design work was largely derided by his contemporaries" (Wikipedia). A few plates with a few small spots, i.e. much cleaner than usual. Rare in the original binding, especially when so well-preserved as this copy.
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Book number: 69206
€  1250.00 [Appr.: US$ 1319.68 | £UK 1061 | JP 149480]

 
[WALL CHART]
Crocodile [Very large print, framed]
Leipzig, [Leipziger Schulbilderverlag von F. E. Wachsmuth, ca. 1878]. Giant lithographed plate. Glass-framed with plain late 20th century woodfen frame. Frame size 71.0 x 92.5 cm.= A fine image of, apparently two Nile-crocodiles in a river, the landscape being sandy, with a single Papyrus stand. Lithographed by Hermann Springer in Leipzig. There is no indication of the publisher, but a near identical plate, however, with a different subject, is known to originate from Wachsmuth. A very good item. Clean, presumably very rare.
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Book number: 69871
€  950.00 [Appr.: US$ 1002.95 | £UK 806.5 | JP 113605]

 
[LEHMANN, J. G.]
Darstellung einer neuen Theorie der Bezeichnung der schiefen Flächen im Grundriss oder der Situationszeichnung der Berge.
Leipzig, Johann Benjamin Georg Fleischer, 1799. 8vo (19.6 x 12.0 cm). xx, 172 pp., four large, folded, engraved plates. Contemporary full tree calf. Spine with morocco label with gilt ornamental lines and title. Edges pale yellow.= An important work on cartography, geomorphology and trigonometry, with chief objective to introduce a standard method of visualising optical relief in geographical and geological maps. The author is the German geologist Johann Georg[e] Lehmann (1776-1811). He is neither mentioned on the title page, nor in the preface, but he did sign the last two plates (with his middle name ending on an e). From 1789 he attended the War School in Dresden. During mapping courses he developed what was to be named Lehmann's hatching: The steeper the terrain, the darker the hachures are shown. This invention, which he published in this work, became the dominant method of relief representation of the topographic maps of the 19 century. Lehmann's goal was to reproduce the relief with only a single, legible method, suitable for military purposes (after Wikipedia). Endpapers lightly spotted, otherwise a very good clean copy. Not in Ward and Carozzi.
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Book number: 66792
€  700.00 [Appr.: US$ 739.02 | £UK 594.25 | JP 83709]

 
[RÖNTGEN,W.]
Deutsche medicinische Wochenschrift. The first papers on the application of Röntgen or X rays in medicine.
Leipzig und Berlin, 1896. Folio (31.5 x 23.6 cm). Numerous pages and illustrations including original, mounted photos. Later half cloth over marbled boards.= The discovery and first announcement of X-rays, or Rntgen rays, was made in the dying seconds of the year 1895. In the Sitzungsberichte der Physik.-Med. Gesellschaft zu Wrzberg, number 9, it was stated that "Am 28. Dezember wurde als Beitrag eingereicht: W. C. Rntgen: Ueber eine neue Art von Strahlen". This discovery brought Wilhelm Conrad Rntgen (1845-1923) the first Nobel Prize in Physics (1901). The importance of this discovery was immediately understood and three weeks later the first of many papers on the use of X-rays in medicine was submitted to the leading medical weekly in Germany. M. Jastrowitz started with a paper titled "Die Roentgen'schen Experimente mit Kathodenstrahlen und ihre diagnostische Verwerthung". This may be the first report on medical use of X-rays. It was quickly followed by another 25 original publications dealing with its various uses, often for the first time, in medical diagnosis and treatments. This includes the use of X-rays to locate foreign bodies and tumours; various experiments with contrast mediums, such as air, and varying doses, and the first reports on the negative effect of (too) much radiation on the skin. This volume is a bound convolute of the contributions based on X-rays. All pages complete, and very clean, except for a few pencil marks. A very good copy.
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Book number: 68555
€  800.00 [Appr.: US$ 844.59 | £UK 679 | JP 95667]

 
[ANONYMOUS]
Die elegante Stickerin oder Pracht-Muster im neuesten Modegeschmack zum Sticken und Weissnähen nebst dem vollständigen Alphabet in lateinischer und gothischer Schrift, und einer Anweisung, wie eine Stickerin, ohne zeichnen zu können, sich selbst jedes Muster ab - und aufzeichnen und fortführen kann. Ein Geschenk für das schöne Geschlecht.
Meissen, F. W. Goedsche, [no date, but circa 1820]. 8vo. 4 pp. instruction leaf, and 11 leaves with floral patterns (three double-sized). In original marbled paper covered slipcase (22.2 x 13.2 cm) with mounted pictorial title leaf.= A charming "Biedermeier" style pattern book, being a guide in decorating clothes. An ephemeral publication intended to be used; as the leaves would become damaged in the process it is very rare indeed to see it in this pristine state. Only the leaves with letters are wanting. Board edges a bit rubbed, otherwise in a very good clean condition.
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Book number: 63376
€  720.00 [Appr.: US$ 760.13 | £UK 611.25 | JP 86101]

 
[BERTRAND, B. N.]
Elemens d'oryctologie ou distribution méthodique des fossiles.
Neuchatel, Socit Typographique, 1773. 8vo (18.8 x 11.5 cm). xxxix, 137, xxii pp., 16 double, folded tables. Contemporary full calf. spine with four raised bands. Rich gilt floral compartments, red morocco label with gilt title. Edges red.= Rather rare work by, according to the title page "M. B. C. P. de la C. de P." but known to be written by Bernard-Nicolas Bertrand. According to Ward and Carrozzi, the initials stand for "M[essieur] Bertrand, Conseiller Palatin de la Cour de Pologne". The tables contain arrangements of "fossiles", some of which are on remnants of animals and plants indeed, but others are on various groups of stones and minerals. Former owner's stamp on front paste-down, some worming to the boards, small chip at spines foot, internally a very good clean copy. Ward and Carozzi, 195.
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Book number: 62198
€  450.00 [Appr.: US$ 475.08 | £UK 382 | JP 53813]

 
[VARIOUS MATHEMATICIANS]
Encyclopédie méthodique. Dictionnaire des jeux, faisant suite au tome III des mathématiques. [AND] Dictionnaire des jeux familiers, ou des amusemens de société; faisant suite au dictionnaire des jeux, annexé au tome III des mathématiques. [AND] Dictionnaire des jeux mathematiques, contenant l'analyse, les recherches, les calculs, les probabilités & les tables numériques, publiés par plusiers célèbres mathématiciens, relativement aux jeux de hasard & combinaisions; et suite du dictionnaire des jeux.
Paris, Pancoucke, 1792. 4to (25.4 x 19.0 cm). Title-page, iii, 316 pp., 16 engraved plates; Paris, Agasse, An V (1798 or 1799). Half-title, engraved title-page, ii [erroneously numbered viii], 172 pp.; Paris, H. Agasse, An VII (1801 or 1802) viii, 212 pp., numerous text engravings. Contemporary full mottled calf, spine with five raised bands, Louis XVI style gilt bands and vignettes, and brown morocco label with gilt title.= The very rare section on mathematical games, game-theory, etc., of the greatest encyclopaedia ever published. The second and third part are exceptionally rare, as they were published during the turmoil of the revolution. The first part specifically deals with games, and contains fine plates, which show various board games, card games, billards, etc. The two later parts have numerous text figures. The three parts bound in reverse order. Boards rubbed at extremities, two plate edges shaved, otherwise a very good, clean, unmarked copy. Brunet II, pp. 973-974.
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Book number: 68184
€  3600.00 [Appr.: US$ 3800.67 | £UK 3055.5 | JP 430504]

 
The Entomologist's Monthly Magazine. Volumes I-XVI (1864-1880).
London, John van Voorst, 1864-1880. 16 volumes in eight. 8vo. Over 4,200 pages and several engraved plates, of which two (partly) handcoloured. Uniform contemporary polished half calf over marbled boards. Spines with five raised, gilt-lined bands, and black morocco label with gilt title. Edges speckled red.= A very attractively bound set of the start of this famous entomological magazine which is still being published. These early volumes contain a wealth of information on many entomological subjects, including the descriptions and illustrations of numerous new species. One handcoloured plate shows butterflies from Ireland. Founded by T. Blackburn, H. T. Stainton, and others, it contains contributions by Henry Walter Bates, William Kirby, Thomas Vernon Wollaston (and his obituary), J. Westwood, and many others. Each volume has extensive indices, e.g. of authors, new species, and new British records. Some light spotting, mainly to the endpapers, and some slight shelfwear, but in all a fine set. Horn Schenkling II (V), p. 26.
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Book number: 68447
€  800.00 [Appr.: US$ 844.59 | £UK 679 | JP 95667]

 
C. W.", TRANSLATED BY "O. D." [WÜSTEMANN, E. F.; O. J. DELEPIERRE]
An essay on the mythological and symbolical history of the rose.
London, Trbner, [no date, but 1856 or 1857]. 8vo (22.1 x 14.1 cm). 35 pp., original blind tooled boards with gilt title on front board, and gilt rose vignette on rear board.= An extremely rare scholarly publication with many references. There are no auction records of this book. According to the title page, the work is "translated from the German, by C. W.". The author is anonymous, and so is the translator. On the title page it is stated that only 100 copies were printed. The Australian library holds a copy with a slightly different title: "O. D./An essay/on the/mythological and symbolical/history of the rose/From the German/by C.W./reprinted from the original/(only one hundred copies printed)". And "(not to be sold)". Apparently here is a clue towards the author. On p. 22, footnote 80, the sentence "Compare my review of Becker's Gallus in Klotz and Dietsch's Year Book of Philol. and Paldag. Vol. 57, number 2, p. 147" is underlined in ink. Here we should find the author's name, although the translator remains anonymous. However, Stock shows that the translator is O. J. Delepierre, and the author E. F. Wstemann ("C. W." then being an error for E. W., but in the German Frakturschrift the letters C and E are quite similar). This is the Trbner version which differs from the 1856 Smith, Elder version in lacking the dedication page. Boards a bit browned, small dent to rear board, light damp-stain to top outer corner of the title page. Small stamp to front board and front flyleaf, otherwise a good copy. Stock, Rose Books, 634.
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Book number: 52870
€  400.00 [Appr.: US$ 422.3 | £UK 339.5 | JP 47834]

 
[PHOTO ALBUM]
Les forest de Cochinchine [Vietnam].
Vietnam, Duyen Ng, 1935. Oblong photo album (24.5 x 34.0 x 2.5 cm) with 29 mounted b/w photographs (each ca. 22.5 x 16.5 cm). Cloth-covered boards with gilt lines and gilt-titled morocco label mounted on the front board.= The photographs show rivers and tropical lowland forests, as well as villages -with large trees- and people in "Cochinchine"; probably most, if not all, from the extreme south of Vietnam (one building bears a sign with "Nam.Can.Ouest", which is currently situated in the Vietnamese province of Bac Lieu). The album deals principly with the lumber trade: on several photo versos, there are handwritten descriptions of the trees, with their local and Latin name, as well as the exact locality. Each is captioned "Service Forestier de Cochinchine", and numbered. Other photos deal with fishing, or show the wider environments. Several photographs are signed "Ng-Duyen". Duyen Ng is a common name in this area and could not be traced to a particular photographer. On the versos, there are handwritten notes about the place where each of the photographs was taken. Above the first photograph, someone has written in pencil "Album execut en 1935 quand j'tais garde de la Cochinchine". Garde is the French word for guard, but here it means forester. Some photos lightly toned, but generally in a very good condition. A very nice, unique item.
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Book number: 68033
€  2000.00 [Appr.: US$ 2111.48 | £UK 1697.5 | JP 239169]

 
[HEGER, J. S.]
Herbarium pharmaceuticum eller afbildninger til professorernes Herholdts og Schumachers fortegnelse over de officinelle laegemidter af planteriget, som voxe vildt, eller kunne dyrkes i de danske Stater.
Kbenhavn, Steens, 1825. thick 8vo (20.6 x 12.9 cm). Title page, [viii], and 141 hand-coloured engraved plates with explanatory text leaves. Slightly later half calf over marbled boards. Spine with gilt ornaments and title on morocco label.= First Danish work depicting medicinal plants growing in the wild in Denmark. It was written by the Danish botanist Jens Stephan Heger (1769-1855). In the rear are two indexes, and printed notes by the publisher. Nissen appears to be wrong in listing 469 plates; 141 plates, originally published in nine parts, is correct. Bookplate of Hjalmar Hartmann on the front pastedown. Former owner's name written on title; boards rubbed, some marginal dampstaining the last few leaves, but mostly clean. Nissen BBI, 836. Not in Stafleu and Cowan.
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Book number: 24478
€  1250.00 [Appr.: US$ 1319.68 | £UK 1061 | JP 149480]

 
[PRÉVOST D'EXILES, A. F.]
Histoire générale des voyages, ou nouvelle collection des toutes les relations de voyages par mer et par terre, qui ont été publiées jusq'à présent dans les différentes langues de toutes les nations connus: ... Tome dix-septième. Histoire générale des voyages, depuis le commencement du XVme siècle, dix-septième partie. Livre septième. Vies des gouverneurs généraux, avec l'abregé de l'histoire des etablissemens Hollandois aux Indes Orientales [AND] Histoire naturelle des Indes Orientales.
La Haye [Den Haag, The Hague], Pierre de Hondt, 1763. 4to (25.1 x 20.4 cm). [ii], 266, 300, 48 pp. 56 plates (of fish, etc.). Contemporary half calf over speckled boards. Spine with five raised bands. Gilt title.= Rare and very well illustrated work on the history of Dutch trade, and government, and the natural history of the former Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia). The latter part contains faithful reproductions of the fish and other marine life of Valentyn (53 plates with 477 different species of fish, and five [three folded] plates with crustaceans, one folded plate with Mantodea and mammals, one with mammals and reptiles, and one with birds, including birds of paradise), and the illustrations of trees and herbs, mostly from the Hortus malabaricus, including the pine-apple, coconut palm, mango, pepper, etc.. The former part has the portraits of all the Dutch governors of the colony, including Pieter Both, Laurent Reaal, Jan Pietersz. Coen, Anton van Diemen and Karel Reniersz, to name a few, as well as plans, maps, and views of several islands and settlements, including many of the capital, Batavia (now part of Jakarta). One plate is a text written in Singhalese. The last 31 pages are titled "Considerations sur l'etat present de la compagnie Hollandoise des Indes Orientales, rlativement sa navigation, son commerce & son gouvernement; & sur les moyens de remdier aux causes de sa dcadence", written by Mr. Gustave Guillaume Baron d'Imhoff, ci-devant Gouverneur-Gnral, pour la Compagnie aux Indes Orientales. This work is dated 24 novembre 1741. This is one of the rarest parts of Prvost's "Histoire gnrale des voyages" and complete in itself. Prevost's name, however, is nowhere to be found. There are several similar-titled works, dealing with other Dutch travels in the region, but none contains such a great number of natural history plates. Boards and spine rubbed, hinges starting, gilt lettering abraded. Some leaves a bit age-toned, few spots, otherwise a very good clean and complete copy. Dean III, p. 303; Sabin, 65404; Tiele, 103 (volume XX of the Dutch edition).
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Book number: 62296
€  1200.00 [Appr.: US$ 1266.89 | £UK 1018.5 | JP 143501]

 
[DEZALLIER D'ARGENVILLE, A. J. D.]
l'Histoire naturelle éclaircie dans une de ses parties principales, l'Oryctologie, qui traite des terres, des pierres, des métaux, des minéraux, et autres fossiles. Ouvrage dans lequel on trouve une nouvelle méthode Latine & Françoise de les diviser, & une notice critique des principaux ouvrages qui ont paru sur ces matières.
Paris, De Bure, 1755. 4to (28.6 x 21.1 cm). Engraved frontispiece, [6], xvi, 560 [1] pp., 26 engraved plates. Contemporary full mottled calf, richly floral gilt spine with five raised bands and gilt lettered red morroco label. Marbled endpapers, edged red.= Next to "La conchyliologie" (1742, 1757) and "La lithographie" (1742) the most important publication by d'Argenville, but lesser known and rarer than the other two. Just as the other two works published anonymously. The Oryctologie mainly deals with corals, fossils (mainly of molluscs, and fish), minerals and precious stones, but an appendix also includes "oyseaux qui n'ont jamais et gravs" and "Poissons de l'Amerique dessinez par la pere Plumier et qu'on pretend n'avoir jamais et gravz". The plates were designed by Devermont and engraved by Chedel. The frontispiece depicts Cybele with mural crown, holding an ammonite and a coral, and with crystals and stalagmites at her feet. Light shelfwear, otherwise a very good copy; text and plates clean, with strong impressions. Ward & Carozzi 660; not in Nissen.
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Book number: 63831
€  1000.00 [Appr.: US$ 1055.74 | £UK 848.75 | JP 119584]

 
[DE THÉIS, C. C.]
Illustrated manuscript of Arachnida, crustaceans and other animals.
Unpublished, ca. 1830. Oblong folio (32.5 x 25.0 cm). 49 leaves with original watercolours; several mounted. Contemporary half calf over marbled boards.= A fine, versatile manuscript in its original binding, by the French zoologist and arachnologist Charles Constantin de This. De This was a student under Baron Charles Athanase Walckenaer (1771-1852), the French zoologist, entomologist, geographer and biographer whose main entomological interest was arachnids as well. De This was known to be a competent zoologist (and had a spider named after him), but he did not publish any papers on his own. This, however, seems to be a manuscript on arthropod, and in particular arachnid, diversity, although it is enriched with original drawings of many animals from other classes, principally of herpetological and malacological interest. Detailed notes in a fine hand, most likely by De This himself, accompany many illustrations. Armorial bookplate of de This "Adspirante deo", with three windmills, mounted on the front pastedown. Generally in a very good state, apart from a few small smudges, and a few leaves with light age-toning. A very good, unique item.
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Book number: 68487
€  5800.00 [Appr.: US$ 6123.3 | £UK 4922.75 | JP 693589]

 
Index plantarum medicinalium, quae in Horto Lugduno-Batavo coluntur.
Leiden, [Hortus Botanicus, ca. 1800]. Small 4to (17.3 x 11.6 cm) 20 pp. Original speckled wrappers.= Very rare publication, without author, describing 376 medical plants in the botanical garden of Leiden. Not in Stafleu and Cowan, Pritzel, or Cat. BM(NH). Kuijlen et al. (Paradisus Batavus) record only two copies, in the libraries of the University of Amsterdam and Wageningen University. Our copy is a trifle shorter and wider, but otherwise matching the description by Kuijlen et al.. Some faint waterstaining to the spine of the wrappers, otherwise in a very good, clean, unmarked condition. Kuijlen et al., 96.
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Book number: 41854
€  290.00 [Appr.: US$ 306.16 | £UK 246.25 | JP 34679]

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