Paris, Librairie Greque-Latine-Allemande, 1816. 8vo (21.1 x 12.6 cm). 176 pp., three folded engraved plates. Later green morocco over marbled boards. Spine with four gilt-ornamented bands, gilt vignettes and title. Marbled endpapers.
The principal work on crustaceans by the zoologist and botanist Joseph Antoine Risso (1777-1845) who made several contributions to the knowledge of invertebrates and fishes of the Mediterranean, in particular around his home town of Nice. The work contains the descriptions and illustrations of many new species. Uncut. Tiny stamp of former owner (a renowned Crustacea specialist) in the upper margin of the half title. A small old stain to the lower margin of the half title and title. Some light foxing to several text pages, but nowhere obtrusive. The binding is rather recent but nicely done. Very rare. Nissen ZBI, 3428.