The cephalopod (largely ammonite) section of this important and rare series with fabulous plates

Barrande, J.

Systême Silurien du Centre de la Bohême. Première partie: Recherches paléontologiques. Continuation éditée par le Musée Bohême. Vol. II. Classe des mollusques, ordre des céphalopodes. Texte et 544 planches.

Published 1867-1877
Item ID 74355

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Prague, Musée Bohême, 1867-1877. 11 parts in 11. Large 4to and folio (32.5 x 25.5). 3,583 pp.; 545 lithographed plates (including 240bis) with explanatory text leaves. Original near uniform blind-tooled cloth with gilt title on the spines.

Part of an enormous series on all aspects of Bohemian Silurian fossils. It was privately printed in only 250 copies. See Zittel, and DSB: "From 1840 to his death Barrande collected, described and drew the fossils of the central Bohemian Basin – this area has been called the Barrandian ever since. The strata of this basin are Proterozoic – early Paleozoic in age. At that time 'Silurian' might be applied to strata that today are in the Cambrian, Ordovician, Silurian or Devonian system. The results formed the outstanding monograph 'Système silurien du centre de la Bohème', which appeared in eight parts forming 28 quarto volumes". Because this work is so comprehensive, its drawings so accurate and its descriptions so fine, it is still used as a reference book by palaeontologists. This is the near-complete Cephalopoda section (II of the series), and includes many new species. Plate 224 is heightened with gold, to mimic pyrite. It includes the subsequently issued Supplément et série tardive, as well as the 4me Série. Distribution horizontale et verticale des Céphalopodes, dans les contrées Silurien. The second (of five) text volumes is missing. A collation is as follows: Vol. II. [ 1me partie]. Texte (1867). xxxvi, 712 pp.; [ Deuxième Partie: wanting]; Troisième Partie. Texte (1874). xxiv, 804 pp.; Quatrième Partie. Texte (1877). lx, 742 pp.; Cinqième Partie. Texte (1877). xx, 743-1505 pp.; Ière Série: Planches 1 à 107 (1865). [i], [iv](Distribution) pp.; 107 plates; 2me Série: Planches 108 à 244 [and 240bis] (1866). xiii pp.; 137 plates; 3me Série: Pl. 245 à 350 (1868). xxii pp.; 106 plates; 4me Série: Pl. 351 à 460 (1870). [i] p.; 110 plates; 4me Série. Distribution (1870). xi, 263 pp.; Supplément et Série tardive (1877). viii, 297 pp.; Supplément et Série tardive. Planches 461 à 544 (1877). 84 plates. Some isolated, mostly marginal foxing; otherwise a very good, clean and unmarked set of this rare work. DSB vol. 1, pp. 468-469; Nissen ZBI, 235; Zittel, pp. 445-456.

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