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VAILLANT, L. AND BOCOURT, M. - Mission Scientifique au Mexique et dans l'Amérique Centrale: Études sur les Poissons

Title: Mission Scientifique au Mexique et dans l'Amérique Centrale: Études sur les Poissons
Description: Paris: Imprimerie Nationale, 1874-1883. First edition Pp. 200, 17 full page plates - 15 are beautiful chromolithograph plates finished by hand and heightened with gum-arabic by Bocourt and lithographed by Mesnel (each plate has an accompanying page of descriptive text). Quarter red morocco with five raised bands, gilt-lettered on the spine over French marbled boards with matching French marbled endpapers (original gray printed wrappers are bound in place), folio (14.25 x 11 inches). This work was issued in parts from 1874 to 1915. Pages 1-40 with accompanying plates were released in 1874, pp. 41-120 with plates in 1878 and pp. 121-200 with plates in 1883. In 1915 Valliant died without completing the work. The final, unfinished part (not offered here) was then issued separately along with the final 3 plain lithographic plates. This work documents the exotic tropical fish of coastal and inland southern Mexico and Central America. This work is fourth volume of a 13-volume work of the ""Mission Scientifique au Mexique et dans l'Amérique Centrale,"" which was the French competitor to the British ""Biologia Centrali-Americana"" which also documented the plant and animal life of Central America. This fourth volume is the complete work on the fishes. A bright copy in fine condition in a very attractive binding..

Keywords: Ichthyology fish exotic fish tropical fish Mexico Central America hand colored plates

Price: US$ 2850.00 Seller: Natural History Books
- Book number: 2756

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