All works on extant and extinct fishes, and on angling & fishing

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The Britis...
Houghton, W.
The British fresh-water fishes.
London, William MacKenzie, 1879. Folio (37.5 x 27.9 cm). Half-title, title page, xxiv, 204 pp., engraved head-pieces showing scenery; 41 chromolithographed plates (one acting as frontispiece). Original black, diced calf over olive-green linen boards. Gilt title on the spine. Blue endpapers. Top edge gilt.
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Renowned for its fine, large illustrations
Ocean and...
Humphreys, H. N.
Ocean and river gardens: a history of the marine and fresh-water aquaria, with the best methods for their establishment and preservation. With twenty coloured plates from life. Part I. Ocean gardens. Part II. River gardens. [Complete].
London, Sampson Low, Son, 1857. Two parts in one. Small 8vo (17.9 x 13.1 cm). Three title pages (general; and, with engraved vignette, to each part), 235 pp. [viii, 112; vii, 108, (iv)]; 20 hand-coloured engraved plates [12; 8]. Later gilt-bordered burgundy morocco over burgundy linen boards. Spine with five raised bands, gilt-lined borders and two black morocco labels with gilt title. Marbled endpapers. All edges gilt.
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The aquarium craze at its most colourful
Jäger, G.
Landwirtschaftliche Tafeln. XI. Künstliche Fischzucht. Zusammengestellt und beschrieben von Dr. Gustav Jäger.
Wien, Anton Hartinger & Sohn, 1867. Very large, oblong folded, chromolithographed sheet (58.7 x 71.3 cm) in printed pocket (20.5 x 12 cm).
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Rare large plate on mid-19th-century fish farming
De walvisc...
[Jong, D. De]
De walvischvangst, met veele byzonderheden daartoe betrekkelyk. Met plaaten. Eerste - Tweede - Derde - Vierde deel. [Complete].
Amsterdam, Peter Conrad; Harlingen, Volkert van der Plaats, 1784-1786. Four parts in two. 4to (27.0 x 22.0 cm). Six folding engraved maps, of which one of the first maps showing the entire Arctic region including Greenland, Spitsbergen, Nova Zembla and the northern coast of eastern Siberia, and a special (perhaps first) map exclusively of Nova Zembla (including the northern part of Russia, Spitsbergen and the Island of Jan Mayen). 15 engraved plates show the hunting of the whales, the "cachelot" itself and several arctic birds. Uniform later full mottled calf in a stunning period style. Spines with five raised, gilt-ornamented bands; compartment rich gilt with floral vignettes. Red and olive morocco labels with gilt title. Gilt dentelles.
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18th century whaling: explained and illustrated
Jonston, J.
Historiae naturalis e quadrupeditus libri [I], de quadrupetibus, libri II [AND] III de insectis [AND] de serpentibus, libri V de piscubus et cetis [AND] IV, de exanguibus aquaticis, Libri VI. De avibus. [Complete].
Frankfurt am Main, Matthias Merian, 1650-1653. Six parts in four. Folio (32.6 x 19.6 cm) with 249 engraved plates and six engraved title pages (four resembling frontispieces, engraved by Matthias Merian). Part I (no date, but 1650) 232 [iv] pp., 80 plates; Part III (AND) Part II (1653) 200, [vii]; 40, [iii] pp., 40 [28, 12] plates; Part V (no date, but 1650) (AND) part IV (1650) 228; 78; [xii] pp., 67 [47, 20] plates; Part VI (1650). 227, [vii] pp. 62 plates. Contemporary uniform full mottled calf. Spines with six raised bands, compartments with rich gilt floral patterns and two green morocco labels with gilt titles.
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A complete copy of the rare first edition of Johnston's famous "Historiae Naturalis"
The fishes...
Jordan, D. S. and A. Seale
The fishes of Samoa. Description of the species found in the archipelago, with a provisional check-list of the fishes of Oceania.
Washington, DC, Department of Commerce and Labor, Bureau of Fisheries, 1906. Large 8vo (27.3 x 19.0 cm). Title page, 283 [numbered 173-455], xxx (index) pp.; 21 plates [numbered XXXIII-LIII], of which 16 in fine chromolithography; 111 fine text illustrations. Slightly later dark blue grained cloth; spine with five raised bands; compartments with gilt vignettes and title. Original printed front wrapper bound in.
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With twenty fine, full colour plates
De beschry...
Kaempfer, E.
De beschryving van Japan, behelsende een verhaal van den ouden en tegenwoordigen staat en regeering van dat Ryk.
The Hague, P. Gosse and J. Neaulme; Amsterdam, Balthasar Lakeman, 1729. Folio (37.5 x 25.0 cm). 500 pp. Half-title, title page explanation, frontispiece (engraved title) by I. C. Philips, letterpress title in red and black; 48 double-sized maps and plates (I-XVII, XXX-XLV, XXIV*, A-BXXVIII, A-BXXIX). Contemporary full mottled calf; spine with six raised bands; compartments rich gilt with fine, elaborate floral ornaments, and red morocco label with gilt title; boards with double gilt roll stamped border, gilt floral corner pieces and central vignettes. Mottled edges.
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A very good, large paper copy in an exceptional contemporary Dutch binding
Delices de...
Knorr, G.
Delices de la nature ou choix de tout ce que les trois regnes de la nature renferment de plus digne des recherches d'un curieux, pour en former un cabinet ouvrage communiqué ci-devant au public par Georg Wolfgang Knorr célébre graveur de Nuremberg continué par ses héritiers avec les descriptions et remarques de Philippe Louis Statius Müller ... revû, corrigé et augmenté d'une préface par Mr. Jean Ernest Emanuel Walch ...traduit de l'allemand par Jaques Frederic Isenflamm. [Poissons - fish].
Nuremberg, les héritiers de feu G. W. Knorr, 1779. Folio (54.5 x 38.0 cm). 13 pp., nine very beautiful hand-coloured engraved plates.
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Knorr's fishes, as large as possible
Kotschy, C. G. T. (ed.)
Abbildungen und Beschreibungen neuer und seltener Thiere und pflanzen, in Syrien und westlichen Taurus gesammelt. I. Illustrationes et descriptiones plantarum novarum Syriae et Tauri occidentalis. II. Illustrationes et descriptiones coleopterorum. III. Abbildungen und beschreibungen der Fische Syriens. [Atlas].
Stuttgart, E. Schweizerbart, 1843. Folio (37.5 x 26.7 cm). 45 engraved and lithographed plates of which one tinted and two finely hand-coloured. Contemporary board. Green morocco label with gilt title on the spine.
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A very rare atlas of rare animals and plant from Syria
Histoire n...
Lacépède, B. G. É. De
Histoire naturelle de Lacépède, comprenant les cétacés,les quadrupèdes ovipares, les serpents et les poissons. Nouvelle édition précédée de l'éloge de Lacépède par Cuvier avec des notes et la nouvelle classification de M. A.-G. Desmarest.
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.
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The second edition, with fine, hand-coloured plates
Oeuvres du...
Lacépède, B. G. É. De
Oeuvres du Comte de Lacépède, comprenant l'histoire naturelle des quadrupèdes ovipares, des serpents, des poissons et des cétacés, avex la synonymie des auteurs modernes les plus célèbres. Nouvelle édition dirigée par M. A. G. Desmarest.
Bruxelles, T. Lejeune, 1833-1834. Five text volumes and one atlas. Large 8vo (24.2 x 15.7 cm). With 221 plates, viz. 188 lithographed plates of which 179 finely hand-coloured, and 33 engraved anatomical plates; folding table. Contemporary uniform green half calf, spines with gilt lettering and ornaments.
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An attractively bound copy with all the fine plates
Leidy, J.
Contributions to the extinct vertebrate fauna of the Western Territories. [Part I of Volume I of the Department of the Interior's Report of the United States Geological Survey of the Territories].
Washington, DC, Government Printing Office, 1873. 4to (28.9 x 23.2 cm). 358 pp., 37 tinted lithographed plates with explanatory text leaves. Later blue half Rexine over plain grey boards. Gilt title on the spine.
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Fine illustrations of new and rare fossil mammals and reptiles