Crocodiles

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De Aquatil...
Belon, P. [Petri Bellonii Cenomani; Pierre Belon du Mans]
De Aquatilibus. Libro duo, cum eiconibus ad vivam ipsorum effigiem, quoad eius fieri potuit, expressis.
Paris, Carolum Stephanum, 1553. Oblong 8vo (11.1 x 17.0 cm). [xxxii (index)], 448 pp., with 187 woodcut illustrations. Contemporary limp vellum; ink title in an old hand, written on the spine.
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€5,000.00
The foundation of modern Ichtyology - A very wide-margined copy of the first edition
Descriptio...
Duméril, A. [H. A.]
Description des reptiles nouveaux ou imparfaitement connus de la collection du Muséum d'Histoire Naturelle et remarques sur la classification et les charactères des reptiles. Premier mémoire. Ordre des chéloniens et premières familles de l'ordre des sauriens (crocodiliens et caméléoniens).
Paris, Gide et J. Baudry, 1852. Large 4to (32.3 x 25.0 cm). Title page and half-title (to the issue), 56 pp., nine plates (of which six finely hand-coloured). Later boards. Original printed wrapper mounted on front board.
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€1,600.00
With the inclusion of five new turtles, one new crocodile, and two new chameleons
Mission Sc...
Duméril, A. [H. A.] and M. [F.] Bocourt
Mission Scientifique au Mexique et dans l'Amérique Centrale. Ouvrage publié par ordre du Ministre de l'Instruction Publique. Recherches zoologiques. Troisième partie. Étude sur les reptiles et les batraciens. Livraisons 1-15.
Paris, Imprimerie Nationale, 1870-[1897]. Large 4to and matching folio (36.5 x 27.5 cm). General herpetological title; 860 pp.; 90 lithographed plates [numbered 1-68; 17bis, 18bis, 20A-G, 21A-C, 22A-J], of which 21 hand-coloured. Loose-leaved, as issued. In later portfolio.
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€12,500.00
The 15 first 'livraisons' of the rare Mission Scientifique - Reptilia
Bilder-Atl...
Fitzinger, L. J. [F. J.]
Bilder-Atlas zur wissenschaftlich-populären Naturgeschichte der Amphibien in ihren Sämmtlichen hauptformen.
Vienna, Kaiserlich-Königliche Hof-und Staatsdruckerei, 1864. Folio (32.9 x 25.0 cm). Title page and 109 plates (two plain and 107 in chromolithography). Contemporary half morocco over marbled boards with ornamental blind stamped edges. Spine with five raised bands, blind-tooled compartments and two morocco labels (red and black) with gilt title. Marbled endpapers. Edges red.
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€1,800.00
A rare work of large size and with detailed colouring
Synopsis o...
Gray, J. E.
Synopsis of the species of recent crocodilians or emydosaurians, chiefly founded on the specimens in the British Museum and the Royal College of Surgeons.
London, The Zoological Society of London, 1863. Folio (32.5 x 25.5 cm). 45 pp., 18 text engravings, four fine, lithographed plates. Later blind wrappers.
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€250.00
A finely illustrated work on crocodiles
Delices de...
Knorr, G.
Delices de la nature ou choix de tout ce que les trois regnes de la nature renferment de plus digne des recherches d'un curieux, pour en former un cabinet ouvrage communiqué ci-devant au public par Georg Wolfgang Knorr célébre graveur de Nuremberg continué par ses héritiers avec les descriptions et remarques de Philippe Louis Statius Müller ... revû, corrigé et augmenté d'une préface par Mr. Jean Ernest Emanuel Walch ...traduit de l'allemand par Jaques Frederic Isenflamm. [Amphibiens, lézards, serpens].
Nuremberg, les héritiers de feu G. W. Knorr, 1779. Folio (46.5 x 33.0 cm). Six very beautiful hand-coloured engraved plates, in portfolio.
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€1,800.00
A herpetological rarity with great hand-coloured plates
Die Dinosa...
Koken, E.
Die Dinosaurier, Crocodiliden und Sauropterygier des norddeutschen Wealden.
Berlin, G. Reimer, 1887. 4to (30.3 x 23.8 cm). 111 pp., 30 text figures, nine fine lithographed plates with explanatory text leaves. Publisher's stamped wrappers. Plates loose in pocket.
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€275.00
An essential herpetological paper on German Cretaceous fossils
Fossile Cr...
Ludwig, R.
Fossile Crocodiliden aus der Tertiärformation des Mainzer Beckens.
Cassel, Theodor Fischer, 1877. Large 4to (28.8 x 22.7 cm). [i], 52 pp., 16 double-sized lithographed plates with explanatory text leaves. Contemporary half calf over marbled boards. Spine with four raised bands, gilt title and floral vignettes. Marbled endpapers. Sprinkled edges.
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€200.00
Introducing Darwin's crocodile
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
The fauna...
Smith, M. A.
The fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Published under the authority of the Secretary of State for India in Council. Reptilia and Amphibia. Vol. I. - Loricata, testudines.
London, Taylor & Francis, 1931. 8vo (22.5 x 15.5 cm). xxviii, 185 pp., 42 text figures, two engraved plates. Original red blind stamped cloth with gilt title on spine.
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€250.00
The first and rarest of a projected four volumes series
Histoire p...
Vaillant, L. and G. Grandidier
Histoire physique, naturelle et politique de Madagascar publiée par Alfred et Guillaume Grandidier. Volume XVII. Histoire naturelle des reptiles. Première partie: crocodiles et tortues.
Paris, Le Garde des Sceaux, 1910. Large 4to (31.0 x 23.8). Half-title and title page, 86 pp., 27 plates of which nine in chromolithography, partly augmented with gum arabic, 17 in lithography and one heliogravure. Later pebbled half cloth over marbled boards. Spine with six raised bands, compartments with gilt title and vignettes. Greenish endpapers.
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€3,800.00
Exceptional clean copy of a rare, beautifully illustrated monograph of Madagascar's crocodiles, turtles and tortoises
Beiträge z...
Voeltzkow, A.
Beiträge zur Entwicklungsgeschichte der Reptilien. Biologie und Entwicklung der äusseren Körperform von Crocodilus madagascariensis Grand. Mit XVII Tafeln und XVIII Textfiguren.
Frankfurt am Main, Moritz Diesterweg, 1899. Large 4to (29.8 x 23.1 cm). Title page, 150 pp., 18 text engravings, 17 lithographed plates. Original printed wrappers.
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€280.00
A rare work on the growth and form of crocodiles