Paris, G. Masson, 1888. 4to (33.0 x 25.3 cm). Half-title and title page, [i], 406 pp.; 28 fine, lithographed plates. Contemporary half calf over marbled boards. Spine with four gilt-bordered bands, gilt ornamental bands at head and foot, and gilt title. Speckled edges.
The ichthyological results of a famous deep-sea expedition to the north-eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean. The paddle steamer Travailleur sailed on July 17, 1880 from Bayonne and surveyed the Bay of Biscay. She returned to port on August 1. Among the scientists on board were Alphonse Milne-Edwards (who lead the scientific expedition), Léopold de Folin (1817-1896), who wrote a narrative of the expedition and described several new molluscs, and the ichthyologist Léon Vaillant (1834-1914). The main objective of this short survey was to test the equipment. Longer expeditions followed to the same region (1881, 1882), the coastal region of Portugal (1881, 1882), the Mediterranean (1881) and the eastern Atlantic from Bayonne to the Canary Islands (1882). In 1883 the Travailleur was replaced by the Talisman, a more modern and larger vessel, which was used on a final expedition to the Sargasso Sea. The fishes collected were studied by Vaillant, who published the results in this volume, which was the first of a larger series of zoological publications. Because of the extensive dredgings in deeper water, many new and undescribed species were caught, and illustrated here for the first time. Some very light, mostly marginal foxing on some text leaves and a few the plates; most plates, however, clean. A very good copy. Dean II, p. 571; Nissen ZBI, 4209.