Paris, Martinet, 1861. 4to (26.5 x 21.5 cm). 222 pp.; one folding table, 16 engraved or lithographed plates (three larger, folded). Later marbled boards with printed label on the front board. Original printed wrappers bound in.
The thesis of this famous French zoologist and carcinologist Alphonse Milne-Edwards (1835-1900). Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire was the examiner. This work contains the description and illustration of many new species of fossil crabs. Also published in the Annales des Sciences Naturelles and continued as a series until 1865, when it was completed, with 390 pages and 48 plates. Wrapper edges with some repairs, the first five plates have been bound in the front; some scattered light foxing, marginal on a few plates, otherwise a very good, clean copy. Rare. Nissen ZBI, 2828.