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Four proof...
[Anonymous but possibly J. Sturm]
Four proof plates for Monographiae Insectorum XVIII. In valle Plauensi delectorum. Verzeichnis der merkwürdigsten Insecten welche in Plauischen Grunde gefunden werden . In: W. G. Becker (1799). Der Plauische Grund bei Dresden, mit Hinsicht auf Naturgeschichte und schöne Gartenkunst.
[Nürnberg, Frauenholzische Kunsthandlung, 1799]. Four loose plates. Folio (24.3 x 18.5 cm or slighly larger). Each finely engraved and carefully hand-coloured.
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Four unique proof plates of insects from near Dresden
[Reply let...
Darwin, C.
[Reply letter]. Testimonial to Mr. Darwin. - Evolution in the Netherlands.
London, Nature, 1877. Folio (28.2 x 19.6 cm). pp. 410-412 in: issue 15(384) [pp. cliii-clxiv, 389-424]. Original printed wrappers.
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Whenever I want cheering, I will look at the portraits...” (Darwin)
The founda...
Darwin, C. [Darwin, F. (ed.)]
The foundations of the origin of species, a sketch written in 1842 by Charles Darwin. [The very rare, "true first" Presented by the syndics of the University Press edition; Freeman 1555]
Cambridge, The University Press, 1909. 8vo (22.5 x 15.0 cm). Frontispiece portrait (tissue-guarded), xxii, 53 pp., one plate with facsimile handwriting of Charles Darwin. Original quarter vellum over printed boards. In transparent protective wrapper.
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The rare, true first edition of Darwin's previously unpublished notes on Natural Selection, in a fine copy
Histoire e...
Deleuze, [J. P. F.]
Histoire et description de Muséum Royal d'Histoire Naturelle, ouvrage rédigé d'après les ordres de l'administration du Muséum.
Paris, A. Royer, 1823. Two volumes in two. 8vo (21.5 x 13.8 cm). vi, 720 pp., three folded maps, five engraved plates (all tissue-guarded) to volume I; nine tissue-guarded engraved plates to volume II, for a total of 14 plates and three maps [complete]. Uniform contemporary full tree calf. Spines with gilt lines and vignettes, two red morocco labels with gilt titles. Edges yellow.
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An attractive, contemporary bound copy
Memoir of...
[Forbes, E.] Bennett, J. H.
Memoir of the late professor Edward Forbes.
Edinburgh, Sutherland & Knox, 1855. 8vo (22.3 x 14.0 cm). 24 pp. Several text engravings (after drawings by Forbes). Original printed wrappers.
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Remembering one of the foremost British marine zoologists
Fuhlrott, [J.] C.
Jussieu's und De Candolle's natürlichen Pflanzen-Systeme, nach ihren Grundsätzen entwickelt und mit den Pflanzen-Familien von Agardh, Batsch und Linné, sowie mit dem Linné'schen Sexual-System verglichen. Für Vorlesungen und zum Selbstunterricht.
Bonn, Eduard Weber, 1829. 8vo (20.3 x 13.0 cm). vi, [ii] 242 pp. Contemporary full grained cloth with gilt title on spine. Marbled edges.
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The only botanical contribution by the discoverer of the "Neanderthaler"
Alfred Gra...
[Grandidier, A.] Decary, R.
Alfred Grandidier. Explorateur de Madagascar (1836-1921).
Tananarive, Imprimerie Officielle, 1936. 4to (28.3 x 22.6 cm).35 pp., large, double-folded map, several text illustrations including Grandidier's portrait. Original printed wrappers.
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Bibliography of the foremost explorer of Madagascar
Notice his...
[Grandidier, A.] Lacroix, A.
Notice historique sur Alfred Grandidier. Membre de la Section de Géographie et Navigation.
Paris, Gauthier-Villars [Académie des Sciences], 1921. 4to (28.3 x 22.3 cm). Portrait frontispiece, 58 pp. Near contemporary burgundy half morocco over marbled boards. Spine with two raised bands and gilt title. Marbled endpapers. Original printed wrappers bound in.
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Bi(bli)ography of the foremost explorer of Madagascar
Titres et...
Grandidier, G.
Titres et travaux scientifiques de M. Guillaume Grandidier.
Paris, Masson, 1905. 4to (27.6 x 22.3 cm). 74 pp., numerous text illustrations. Original printed wrappers.
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A rare work on Guillaume Grandidier, one of Madagascar's greatest naturalists
Jung, C. G.
Erinnerungen, Träume, Gedanken. [With three original photographs].
Zürich und Stuttgart, Rascher, 1962. 8vo (22.0 x 13.2 cm); 422, [ii] pp.; 25 plates including frontispiece portrait with facsimile autograph, and double-sized facsimile of a letter, and three ORIGINAL photos of the author, each measuring ca. 7 x 8 cm, mounted on the front pastedown (2), and front free endpaper recto (1). Publisher's grey linen with gilt vignette on the front board and black and gilt title on the spine.
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A unique copy with original photos of Jung in his library
Rara Histo...
Junk, W.
Rara Historico-Naturalia et Mathematica. Volumen I. [21 partes.]
Berlin, W. Junk, 1900-1913. 4to (27.4 x 20.0 cm). 128 pp. Original quarter cloth over marbled boards. Diamond-shaped printed label with title and ornaments on the front board.
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The original, large format edition
In memoria...
[Linnaeus, C.] Fries, E. [M.] and E. Schenson
In memoriam Caroli à Linné.
Upsala, L. W. Levin, 1878. Folio (37.5 x 27.5 x 1.7 cm). 2 pp. text leaf in German and French by Fries, and 15 albumen prints of which one with careful additional hand-colouring, most probably by Schenson, each mounted on cardboard (34.8 x 26.1 cm). In original blind-stamped pebbled cloth portfolio with gilt floral ornaments on both boards, and large gilt title on the front board. Bevelled edges, interior moiré silk.
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A very rare piece of Linnaeana - fewer than ten copies known