Great Apes

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Histoire n...
Audebert, J. B.
Histoire naturelle des singes, peints d'après nature. [AND] Histoire naturelle [des singes et] des makis. [Complete].
Paris, l'Auteur, [AND] H. J. Jansen, 1797-[An 8 = 1799]. Two volumes in one. Folio (49.2 x 31.8 cm). Three half-titles, two title pages; 178 pp. [24, 4, 4, 10, 4, 8, 10, 24, 14, 8, 10, 8, 44, iv, 2]; 63 engraved plates of which 61 finely colour-printed, with additional original hand-colouring, and two plain, as intended. Contemporary, empire style, full calf. Boards with triple gilt borders and embossed floral vignettes, central vignette of a lyre. Spine with seven raised bands, gilt vignettes (vases) and morocco label with gilt title. Later marbled endpapers.
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Primatology at its most beautiful - by an artist turned scientist
Account of...
Camper, P.
Account of the organs of speech of the orang outang. [Philosophical Transactions, 1779 Part I].
London, The Royal Society, 1779. 4to (25.5 x 19.7 cm). 21 pp.; one large, double-folded engraved plate. Contemporary half calf over marbled boards. Spine with five gilt-bordered raised bands. Black morocco label with gilt title. All edges speckled red.
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Talking orangs...
Planches p...
Camper, P.
Planches pour les oeuvres de P. Camper, qui ont pour objet l'histoire naturelle, le physiologie et l'anatomie comparée.
Paris, Theodore Dabo, 1803. Folio (46.0 x 31.0 cm) with one fine engraved portrait by B. Roger and 34 engraved plates. Original blind wrappers.
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Unusual views of the elephant, horses, frog and man by one of the founders of comparative anatomy
Histoire n...
Diderot, D. and J. d'Alembert (eds.)
Histoire naturelle Planche XIX. Le jocko, le gibbon [Contemporary hand-coloured plate].
Paris, Briasson, 1768. Single sheet. Folio (39.8 x 25.6 cm). Engraved plate with printed caption; finely hand-coloured; frame gilted.
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A very rare contemporarily coloured plate from Diderot and d'Alembert's Encyclopédie
Gratiolet, L. P. and P. H. E. Alix
Recherches sur l'anatomie du Troglodytes aubryi . Chimpanzé d'une espèce nouvelle.
Paris, L. Guerin, 1866. Large 4to (32.0 x 24.5 cm). [ii], 264 pp.; nine finely engraved plates. Original printed wrappers.
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At the fronteer of chimpology
Storia nat...
[Jacob, N. H.]
Storia naturale delle scimie e dei maki, disposta con ordine da P. Hugues, dietro le scoperte dei più rinomati naturalisti; arrichita di schiarimenti relativi ai costumi, astuzie, nutrimenti, e climi abitati da questi Quadrumani; con la maniera di dar loro la caccia, e d'un idea sull' uso e la proprietà dello loro carne in medicina. Dedicata a S. A. il Principe Eugenio di Beauharnais.
Milano, P. Hugues, 1822. Two volumes in one. Large folio (45.0 x 32.5 cm). First volume with engraved title page in sepia, engraved plate "Confronti di alcuni tratti di decrescente analogia nel profilo e nelle fisica constituzione del cranio dell' uomo e delle scimie", [vi, preface and systematics]; 73 (numbered III-V, and I-LXX) fine stipple engraved plates of apes and monkeys, each with descriptive captions in Italian. Several additional half-titles; the second volume on makis is titled "Dei lemuriani ossia maki propriamente detti", and has three introductory pages numbered ii-iv, a first half-title, ten plates, a second half-title (to the loris), a one-page introduction, and three plates, a third half title (to the makis), an unnumbered text leaf, and another two plates, a fourth half-title (to the genus Galago ), another one-page introduction, and the final two plates, for a total of 15 plates, and an index page numbered xvi, and a grand total - for both volumes combined - of 88 plates. Contemporary blind half vellum over plain boards.
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Second, altered, Italian edition of this splendidly illustrated monograph on apes and monkeys