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Voyage en...
Robert, E. [Gaimard]
Voyage en Islande et au Groënland executé pendant les années 1835 et 1836 sur la corvette La Recherche commandée par M. Tréhouart Lieutenant de Vaisseau dans le but de découvrir les traces de La Lilloise. Publié par ordre du Roi sous la direction de M. Paul Gaimard président de la Commission Scientifique d'Islande et de Groënland. Minéralogie et géologie.
Paris, Arthus Bertrand, 1838-1840. Two parts in one. Large 8vo (22.7 x 15.1 cm). Title page (to the text, dated 1840), xi, 469 pp.; second title page (to the atlas, dated 1838), [ii] pp., 36 lithographed plates. Contemporary quarter morocco over marbled boards. Spine rich gilt. Marbled endpapers. Speckled edges.
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A rare early work on the geology of Iceland
Rothschild, M. de and H. Neuville
Recherches sur l'okapi et les girafes de l'est Africain.
Paris, Masson, 1910-1911. Two parts in one. Large 8vo (23.8 x 15.3 cm). Title page, hand-coloured frontispiece, 279 [93; 186] pp., 78 [27; 51] groups of text figures, 11 [5; 6] double-sized plates, of which one partly coloured. Contemporary half calf over marbled boards. Spine with five raised bands and gilt title. Original printed wrappers bound in.
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A well-illustrated work on the mysterious okapi and other giraffes
Reisen in...
Rüppell, E.
Reisen in Nubien, Kordofan und dem petraeischen Arabien vorzueglich in geographisch-statisticher Hinsicht.
Frankfurt [am Main], Friedrich Wilmans, 1829. Large 8vo (23.0 x 13.1 cm). xxvi, 388 pp. eight folded engravings and five maps on four folded sheets (combined numbering is 1-12, with two maps on plate 10). In an expertly made period-style speckled half calf binding. Marbled boards. Spine with gilt chains and vignettes, and red morocco label with gilt title.
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A very good, complete copy of the first edition
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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The vital statistics of Cuba in the mid-19th-century
Voyage au...
Sparrman, A.
Voyage au Cap de Bonne-Espérance, et autour du monde avec le capitaine Cook et principalement dans les pays des Hottentots et des Caffres. Avec cartes, figures et planches en taille douce. Traduit par M. Le Tourneur.
Paris, Buisson, 1787. Three volumes in three. 8vo (19.3 x 12.2 cm). 1,155 [xxxii, 390; 367; 366] pp.; double-sized frontispiece, 15 [2; 7; 6] copper-engraved plates and one large, folded engraved map. Contemporary uniform full polished calf. Boards with gilt pattered borders and gilt dentelles. Spine with gilt floral vignettes and green morocco labels with gilt titles. Marbled endpapers.
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First French 8vo edition by Sparrman, who sailed round the world with Captain Cook. Most is devoted to South Africa
Report on...
Spencer, B. (ed.)
Report on the work of the Horn Scientific Expedition to Central Australia. Part I. Introduction, narrative, summary of results, supplement to zoological report, map.
London, Dulau; Melbourne, Mullen and Slade, 1896. 4to (25.6 x 19.2cm). xviii, 220 pp.; 11 plates, seven text illustrations, one large, multi-folded map. Original azure buckram with gilt title on the spine.
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The complete narrative of a scientifically very important expedition
Report on...
Spencer, B. (ed.)
Report on the work of the Horn Scientific Expedition to Central Australia. Part III. Geology and botany.
London, Dulau; Melbourne, Mullen and Slade, 1896. 4to (25.6 x 19.2 cm). [ii], 204 pp.; nine plates (all geological or palaeontological). Original blue buckram with gilt title on the spine.
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Australian palaeontology - usually not found separately
Report on...
Spencer, [W.] B. (ed.)
Report on the work of the Horn Scientific Expedition to Central Australia. Part II. Zoology.
London, Dulau; Melbourne, Mullen and Slade, 1896. 4to (25.6 x 19.2 cm). iv, 431 pp.; 29 plates, of which 14 in chromolithography (three mammals, three birds, four reptiles, one amphibian, three molluscs). Printed errata sheet tipped in. Original blue buckram with gilt title on the spine.
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The complete zoology of a scientifically very important expedition
The works...
Swift, J.
The works of J.S, D.D., D.S.P.D. in four volumes. Containing I. The author's miscellanies in prose. II. His poetical writings. III. The travels of Capt. Lemuel Gulliver. IV. His papers relating to Ireland, consisting of several treatises; among which are, the Drapier letters to the people of Ireland, against receiving Wood's halfpence; also two original Drapier's letters, never before published. [AND] V. The conduct of the allies, and The examiners; VI. The publick spirit of the whigs; and other pieces of political writings; with Polite conversation; VII. Letters to and from Jonathan Swift, D.D, D.S.P.D.; VIII. Directions to servants; and other pieces in prose and verse, published in his life-time; with several poems and letters never before printed. [Complete in 8 volumes].
Dublin, George Faulkner, 1735-1738. Eight parts in eight. 6mo (16.0 x 9.7 cm). Engraved frontispieces (including two portraits of Swift) in volumes I-IV [with portrait frontispiece and six plates or maps in volume III (Gulliver's Travels)]. Uniform contemporary full calf. Gilt-bordered panels; spines with five raised bands, gilt lines and burgundy morocco label with gilt title. Red speckled edges.
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The first edition of Jonathan Swift's collected works, including "Gulliver's Travels"
La Nature....
Tissandier, G. (ed.)
La Nature. Revue des sciences et de leurs applications aux arts et à l'industrie. Journal hebdomadaire illustré.
Paris, G. Masson, 1873-1899. 27 volumes in 27. 4to (28.4 x 19.0 cm). Numerous pages and illustrations. Uniform contemporary red half morocco over marbled boards. Gilt borders. Spines with five raised bands. Gilt ornamental compartments and gilt title. Marbled endpapers. Speckled edges.
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A beautiful set of the leading 19th century French popular natural history magazine
Report on...
Tizard, T. H. et al. (eds.) [Thomson, C. W. and J. Murray (general editors)]
Report on the scientific results of the voyage of H.M.S. Challenger during the years 1873-76 under the command of captain George S. Nares, R.N., F.R.S. and the late captain Frank Tourle Thomson, R.N. prepared under the superintendence of the late Sir. C. Wyville Thomson, Knt., F.R.S., &c. and now of John Murray. Volumes I - II. Narrative of the Cruise. [The complete narrative].
London, Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1882-1885. Two volumes in three. 4to (29.2 x 24.6 cm). Volume I (in two parts) (1885): liv, 1111 pp.; two elongate photographic frontispieces; 340 numbered (groups of) woodcuts and many unnumbered, often acting as head- or tailpieces; 75 charts, 35 numbered photographic plates; 15 chromolithographed plates (numbered A-I, K-P), and a very large map (in two parts) of both hemispheres – with the complete itinerary, in a rear pocket in part I; a second, very long, full-colour map on the oceans' salinity in part 2. Volume II (1882): viii, 744, 42, 29 pp.; several text engravings and two plates of which one in chromolithography, and a tipped-in note on the reason for publishing volume II ahead of volume I. Original, uniform, dark-green blind stamped pebbled cloth. Boards with bevelled edges. Gilt title on the spines. Brown endpapers.
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The famous Challenger Expedition from A to Z with magnificent illustrations
Report of...
Tokunaga, S. et al.
Report of the First Scientific Expedition to Manchoukuo. Under the leadership of Shigeyasu Tokunaka. June - October 1933. Section II [Geology]. Part I-IV. [Complete].
Tokyo, Asahi, 1934-1939. Four volumes in four. 4to (26.0 x 19.0 cm). Ca. 700 pp. with 124 plates and three folding coloured maps. Original uniform printed stiff wrappers.
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A rare, complete geological section of the results of an expedition to northern China