Monographies d'Echinodermes Vivans et Fossiles, Livraison 1-3
Neuchatel: privately printed by the author, 1838-1842. First edition. Pp. x, 88, (1), viii, 52, 2, 2, 20, iv, 151, (1), iv, 94, 29; with 54 full page lithographed plates (17 plates are hand-colored or partly hand-colored). Recent polished one-quarter black morocco leather, spine with five raised bands bordered with gilt panel lines, over English marbled boards with blue-green endpapers, the three original color-tinted printed wrappers are bound in place, 4to (11 x 8 1/2 inches). This large work includes Premiere Monographie: ""Anatomie du Genre Echinus"" by G. Valentin at the beginning and Quatrieme Monographie: ""Des Dysaster"" by E. Desor at the end. This is the classic early work on the living and fossil echinoderms by Louis Agassiz that was printed privately. Few copies have survived. Based on other collations of this work, it would seem the copy offered lacks one part. See also Nissen ZBI, 47. No ownership marks. An old marginal tear to one color printed wrapper has been repaired, there is scattered foxing, mostly marginal, to some text pages and one plate, the remaining full page plates are bright and clean; a tight and clean copy in very good condition..
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