Paris, Furne et Cie., 1855. Two parts in two. Large 8vo (25.8 x 16.7 cm). xii, 668, 647 pp.; 36 nicely hand-coloured steel-engravings, tissue-guarded, all after Edouard Travies. Uniform contemporary half calf over marbled boards. Spines with gilt lines and title. Marbled endpapers.
This is the second, updated edition with all the attractive hand-coloured plates after Travies, with the animals in their natural (or, sometimes, not so natural) surroundings. Attractively bound. It includes beautifully coloured plates depicting many amphibians and reptiles. Boards a bit rubbed, more so at edges. Some text sections and tissue-guards foxed but mostly in the margins and only about 12 plates, mostly in the fish section, are touched. One fish plate detached, otherwise very good. Adler I, p. 14; Dean II, p. 3 [first edition]; Nissen ZBI, 2346.