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Horti Medi...
Commelin, J. and C. Commelin
Horti Medici Amstelodamensis rariorum Tam Orientalis, quam Occidentalis Indiae, aliarumque peregrinarum Plantarum. Magno studio ac labore, sumptibus civitatis Amstelodamensis, longâ annorum Serie collectarum, descriptio et icones. Ad vivum aeri incisae. Beschryvinge en curieuse afbeeldingen van rare vreemde Africaansche, Oost-West-Indische en andere gewassen vertoont in den Amsterdamsche Kruyd-Hof. Met groote moeyte en arbeid op stads-kosten in vele jaren aangewend, en by een versameld door Casparus Commelin M. D. en botanicus Horti Medici.
Amsterdam, P. Blaeu, J. Blaeu and [the widow of] Abraham van Someren (1697, 1701). Two parts in two. Folio (near matching at 39.8 x 26.2 cm and 40.0 x 25.5 cm). Part I: Latin half title; Latin title in two colours with title vignette; Dutch title (do.); engraved allegorical frontispiece showing the virgin of Amsterdam in a foreign (subtropical) landscape amidst exotic people offering plants as gifts; coat-of-arms of Joannes Huydecoper, and that of Joannes Commelin, dedication leaves (Latin and Dutch) to the mayors of Amsterdam; [8], 220 pp., 110 engraved plates showing 112 numbered plants with explanatory text leafs in Latin and Dutch, each with floral vignette at the end of each description. Part II: Latin half title, allegorical frontispiece, showing Theophrastus teaching botany in the real Hortus garden, with the houses along the Nieuwe Herengracht canal in the background, Dutch title page, dedication page (to the mayors of Amsterdam, and to the trustees of the Hortus). Coat-of-arms of Franciscus de Vroede (senator of the Hortus), Joannes Huydecoper (curator) and Gerbrandus Pancras (do.). [4], 224, [4] pp., and 113 plates, numbered up to 112 with fig. 4 in two different states (on recto and verso of one leaf), as intended. Thus, in total: two frontispieces, five coats-of-arms and 225 numbered plates on 222 leaves. Both volumes in contemporary vellum, but not an exact match.
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€19,000.00
A homage to one of the oldest, most beautiful, and most influential horti in Europe
<em>Monodo...
Curtis, W.
Monodora myristica. [Calabash nutmeg].
London, L. Reeve, 1892. 8vo-sized (25.0 x 15.6 cm). Hand-coloured lithographed plate. Printed on one side.
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€65.00
A finely illustrated plate from William Curtis's famous "Botanical Magazine"
Flore pitt...
Descourtilz, M. E.
Flore pittoresque et médicale des Antilles, ou histoire naturelle des plantes usuelles des colonies Françaises, Anglaises, Espagnoles et Portugaises; Peinte d'après les dessins faits sur les lieux par M. J. Th. Descourtilz.
Paris, Privately published by Descourtilz (1827-1829, 1833). In eight volumes. 8vo (20.2 x 12.8 cm). Half-titles, title pages, 2810 pp., 600 hand-coloured engraved plates. Beautiful contemporary style uniform black grained half calf with gilt ornaments and titles on spines.
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€12,000.00
Outstanding Cuban and Caribbean botanical illustrations by the explorer Descourtilz
Mikrogeolo...
Ehrenberg, C. G.
Mikrogeologische Studien über das kleinste Leben der Meeres-Tiefgründe aller Zonen und dessen geologischen Einfluss. [AND] Fortsetzung der mikrogeologischen Studien als Gesammt-Uebersicht der mikroskopischen Paläontologie gleichartig analysirter Gebirgsarten der Erde, mit specieller Rücksicht auf den Polycystinen-Mergel von Barbados.
Berlin, Königlichen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Berlin, G. Vogt, 1873-1875. Two parts in two. 4to (27.5 x 22.2 cm). 496 [131-399; 1-226] pp., 42 [I-XII; I-XXX] partly tinted lithographed plates, and one coloured folded world-map, six large, folded tables. Original printed boards and matching later boards.
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€1,800.00
A rare complete set of the Studien
Aankomst v...
Herrera, A. [AND] R. Harcourt [AND] C. Leigh
Aankomst van Jean d'Ezquebel ter bevolking van Jamaica, door den Ammiraal Diego Kolumbus, van Hispaniola derwaards gezonden, in 't jaar 1510. Verhaalende 't misnoegen der Kroon Portugaal; benevens veel zeldzaame avondturen, rampspoeden en gevaaren aan Alonzo d'Ojega, Diego de Nicueza, Vasco Nunez, Lopez d'Alano en andere overgekomen; beneffens de togten naar land van Darien en bevolking van Cuba door Diego Velasques gedaan in 't jaar 1511. Uit d'oorspronkelyke berigten en koninglyk bevel in 't Spaans beschreeven door Antonius Herrera, nu aller-eerst in 't Neederduyts vertaald en met printverbeeldingen en noodig register voorzien. [AND] Scheeps-togt van Robert Harcourt na Gujana, gedaan in het jaar 1608. Aanwijsende de gelegentheeden en hoedanigheeden deses landschaps, des selfs eylanden, rivieren, grens-palen, verscheydenheyd der volkeren en talen, jaar-getijden, tijd-rekeningen, dood-malen, spijse en drank: als mede veelerley soort van dieren, vogelen, vissen, fruyten, suyker-riet, katoen, verw-stoffen, kostelijke gommen, balsem, droogeryen, tabak &c. Door den reysiger selfs in het Engels beschreeven, en nu alder-eerst uyt die spraak vertaalt. Met een volkomen register verrijkt [AND] Zee-togt van Kapiteyn Charles Leig, gedaan na Gujana, en des selfs volk-plantinge aldaar begonnen, mitsgaders de ongelukkige reyse van het schip de Olijf-bloesem, tot des selfs onderstand derwaards gesonden. In het jaar 1604. Door een der reysigers, die desen togt heeft by-gewoont, en de handen der wilde gelukkig is ontkoomen, in het Engels beschreeven, en nu alder-eerst uyt die spraak vertaalt. Met een volkoomen register en konst-print verrijkt.
Leyden, van der Aa, 1705-1706. Small 8vo (17.3 x 11.3 cm). 144 pp. and six larger, folded, engraved plates. Bound with two other works published by van der Aa: Scheeps-togt na Gujana, 44 pp. with a foldout map of Guyana [AND] Zee-Togt van kapitein Charles Leigh, gedaan na Gujana. 40 pp., also with a map of Guyana and adjacent areas, and a large, folded, engraved plate of an attack by local tribes. Both with their own title pages with engraved vignette and index. Bound in later, very fine half morocco over cloth boards. Spine with five raised gilt-stippled bands; compartments with gilt borders and gilt titles. Marbled endpapers.
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€950.00
Three rare travelogues printed by Van der Aa
Ergebnisse...
Kükenthal, W. and R. Hartmeyer
Ergebnisse einer zoologischen Forschungsreise nach Westindien.
Jena, Gustav Fischer, 1908-1916. Four parts (of six) in one. 8vo (23.3 x 15.9 cm). 586 pp., one map, 28 plates and 207 text figures. Near contemporary black pebbled cloth. Gilt title on the spine. Original printed wrappers bound in rear.
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€500.00
The rare first parts, forming Zoologische Jahrbücher Supplement XI
Malerische...
Poeppig, E. [F.]
Malerischer Atlas und beschreibende Darstellungen aus dem Gebiete der Erdkunde.
Leipzig, Hartleben, 1838. 8vo (22.5 x 14.3 cm). vi, 304, iv pp., 18 engraved, tissue guarded plates. Contemporary full blind stamped cloth. Spine with gilt ornaments and title. Speckled edges.
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€260.00
Not in Sabin
Memorias s...
Poey y Aloy, F.
Memorias sobre la historia natural de la Isla de Cuba, acompañadas de sumarios latinos y extractos en frances. Tomo 1 - Tomo 2. [Complete].
Havana, Barcina, 1851-1856, 1858. Two volumes in two. Large 8vo (24.8 x 16.7 cm). 463, 442 pp., 34, 19 lithographed plates, of which 17 hand-coloured or partly hand-coloured. Later uniform half morocco over line boards. Spines with gilt titles.
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€3,800.00
Extremely rare work on the snails, insects, and fish of Cuba
Investigat...
Rathbun, M. J. and J. E. Benedict a.o. [B. W. Evermann (ed.)]
Investigations of the aquatic resources and fisheries of Porto Rico. Second Part.
Washington, DC, United States Fish Commission, 1902. 4to (26.8 x 18.7 cm). viii, 431 pp., 72 plates (heliotypes, photographs, two fine chromolithographs of crabs), numerous text figures. Contemporary red pebbled half calf over red pebbled boards. Spine with five raised bands and gilt title. Red marbled endpapers, red marbled edges.
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€200.00
Beautiful Caribbean crabs and more
Historia f...
Sagra, R. de la
Historia fisica, politica y natural de la Isla de Cuba. Comercio maritimo, Rentas y Gastos, Fuerza Armada, Apéndice (1842) (AND) Introduccion, Geografia, Clima y Estadistica (1848).
Paris, Arthus Bertrand, 1838, 1842[-1848]. Two parts in two. Folio (39.2 x 26.0 cm). Tomo I: half-title (to the work), title (to the volume), [I]-LXXIV, [1]-76, title (to the Atlas) [1]-2 pp., tab. II-XI (V, IX folded), I (folding coloured map after Juan de la Cosa), tab. [XII] (2nd folding map, of Cuba in 1841, with parts of the Bahamas and southern Florida), 77-302. Tomo II: title (to the volume), 1-135, [1]-72, 1-2, 3 ll (blank). Uniformly bound in contemporary light brown calf over grained red boards, spine with gilt linings and gilt lettering.
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€4,500.00
The vital statistics of Cuba in the mid-19th-century
Mission sc...
Vaillant, L. [L.] and M. [F.] Bocourt
Mission scientifique au Mexique et dans l'Amérique Centrale. Recherches zoologiques. Quatrième partie. Études sur les poissons.
Paris, Imprimerie Nationale, [1874]-1915. Folio (35.0 x 27.0 cm). [viii], 265 pp., 20 lithographed plates of which 15 are chromolithographed and finished by hand [1, 1bis, 1ter, 2, 3, IV, 5, 5bis, 5ter, 5quat, 6, 7, 8, 8bis, 9, 9bis, 10, 10bis, 10ter, 11quint (error for 10quint) ], one text engraving. Recent green half morocco over marbled boards. Gilt lettered spine with six raised, gilt-bordered bands.
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€3,400.00
A superbly illustrated work on the fishes of Central America and the Caribbean
Histoire n...
Vieillot, L. P.
Histoire naturelle des oiseaux de l'Amérique Septentrionale, contenant un grand nombre d'espèces décrites ou figurées pour la première fois. Tome premier.
Paris, Desray, 1807. Folio (50.7 x 34.0 cm). Half-title, title page. iv, 90 pp., 61 finely engraved and delicately hand-coloured plates [numbered (1)-57; 2bis, 3bis, 10bis, 14bis]. Later full morocco. Spine with eight raised bands, gilt bird vignettes; boards with double gilt borders. Original printed front wrappers bound in.
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€6,500.00
A unique copy with the unknown, very important, original printed wrappers