A milestone in natural history – illustrated by John Gerrard Keulemans

Hamy, E. T. et al.

Centenaire de la fondation du Muséum d'Histoire naturelle. 10 juin 1793 – 10 juin 1893. Volume commémoratif publié par les professeurs du Muséum.

Published 1893
Item ID 72459

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Paris, Imprimerie Nationale [for Les professeurs du Muséum], 1893. Large 4to (32.6 x 25.2 cm). vi, 571 pp.; 15 plates of which seven in chromolithography (of which five by Keulemans). Later green roan. Spine with elaborate period-style gilt ornaments, green inlays, and gilt title. Green roan 'endpapers'. Original printed front wrapper bound in.

A superbly preserved, luxuriously bound copy of this massive work. It contains a complete list of the Muséum's professors, Hamy's historical sketch of the Muséum, and its predecessor, the Jardin du Roi, and further chapters by Henri Becquerel (on Charles-François de Cisternay du Fay), A. Milne-Edwards and E. Oustalet (on birds from the Muséum's collection, with five hand-coloured plates by J. G. Keulemans), L. Vaillant on the tortoises of Rodriguez, Gaudry (on the extinct elephant of Durfort, with a double-sized plate), S. Meunier (on the Muséum's collection of meteorites), E. Perrier on Lamarck and transformatism, and more. Two scratches on the rear board; small chips at wrapper edges, otherwise an excellent, clean copy. Keulemans and Coldewey, p. 64 (under Milne-Edwards and Oustelet); Ronsil, p. 349.

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