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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
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
Grandidier, G.
Recherches sur les Lémuriens disparus et en particulier sur ceux qui vivaient à Madagascar.
Paris, Masson, 1905. Large 4to (31.5 x 24.4 cm). 144 pp., 12 lithographed plates, 27 text figures, one tinted map. Later burgundy buckram with gilt title on the spine.
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An unusual clean copy with handwritten dedication by the author
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
A paradox:...
Hamond, W.
A paradox: prooving, that the inhabitants of the isle called Madagascar, or St. Laurence, (in temporall things) are the happiest people in the World. Whereunto is prefixed, a briefe and true description of that island: the nature of the climate, and condition of the inhabitants, and their speciall affection to the English above other nations. With most probable arguments of a hopefull and fit plantation of a colony there, in respect of the fruitfulnesse of the soyle, the benignity of the ayre, and the relieving of our English ships, both to and from the East-Indies.
London, Nathaniell Butter, 1640. 4to (18.7 x 14.4 cm). Original second blank; title page, half title, half-title (placed after 12th text page) [xii, xxi] pp., Mid-19th century brown crushed morocco. Spine with five raised, gilt-stippled bands; compartments rich gilt with floral patterns and gilt title; boards with tripple gilt borders and rosettes; gilt-lined edges and elaborate gilt inner dentelles.
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Hamond's famous first attempt to promote Madagascar as a Paradise on Earth
Hoeven, J. van der
Bijdragen tot de kennis van de Lemuridae of Prosimii. [Titled Bydragen tot de kennis van de Lemuridae on front board].
Leiden, S. Luchtmans and J. Luchtmans. Tall folio (45.2 x 29.4 cm). Title page, [i], 18 pp.; three lithographed plates of which two finely hand-coloured. Contemporary full bright red grained calf. Boards with intricate blind-tooled and gilt-ornamental borders, floral corner pieces and title. Pink floral endpapers. All edges gilt.
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An exceptionally nicely bound copy of a rare work on lemurs
Etudes géo...
Lemoine, P.
Etudes géologiques dans le Nord de Madagascar. Contributions à l'histoire géologique de l'Océan Indien.
Paris, Librairie Scientifique A. Hermann, 1906. 8vo (24.1 x 15.9 cm). 520 pp., with many plates, tables and figures, one large folded coloured geological map of Madagascar in end paper pocket. Contemporary half cloth over marbled boards. Spine with gilt title. Original printed front wrapper bound in. Marbled edges.
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Rare work on the geology of Madagascar - dedication copy to Franz Toula
Étienne de...
Malotet, A.
Étienne de Flacourt ou les origines de la colonisation Française a Madagascar 1648-1661.
Paris, Ernest Leroux, 1898. 8vo (24.3 x 16.2 cm). Frontispiece portrait, xviii, 322 pp. Two facsimile early maps of Madagascar. Slightly later half cloth over marbled boards. Spine with small gilt vignette and black morocco label with gilt title. Original printed wrappers bound in.
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A rare and important work on the history of Madagascar
Histoire p...
Milne Edwards, A. and A. Grandidier and L. Lavauden [in A. Grandidier and G. Grandidier (eds.)]
Histoire physique, naturelle et politique de Madagascar. XII-XV. Histoire naturelle des oiseaux. [AND] XII. Supplément. [Complete].
Paris, Imprimerie Nationale, Société d'Éditions Géographiques, Maritimes et Coloniales, AND Tananarive, Imprimerie Officielle, 1876-1937. In four volumes (texte, atlas I, atlas II, atlas III and Supplément). Large 4to and folio (31.0 x 24.1 cm). Half-titles and titles; 999 pp. [(i), 779; viii, 211]; 412 plates by John Gerrard Keulemans and others; nine text figures. Somewhat later uniform red morocco over marbled boards. Spines with five raised bands, gilt titles and two gilt vignettes.
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A very good set with all the fine Keulemans plates
Pollen, F. P. L.
Recherches sur la faune de Madagascar et de ses Dépendances, d'apres les découvertes de François P. L. et D. C. Van Dam. I. Relation de voyage.
Leyde [Leiden], J. K. Steenhoff, 1868-1877. 4to (30.5 x 23.0 cm). 240, [2] pp., 48 mostly coloured and tinted lithographed plates and two tinted lithographed maps (one folded) one hand-written letter in facsimile (unpaginated, as part of the text). Original printed wrappers.
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Rare complete set, in five original folding wrappers, of the narrative part of this zoological, botanical and ethnographical expedition
Histoire p...
Vaillant, L. and G. Grandidier
Histoire physique, naturelle et politique de Madagascar publiée par Alfred et Guillaume Grandidier. Volume XVII. Histoire naturelle des reptiles. Première partie: crocodiles et tortues.
Paris, Le Garde des Sceaux, 1910. Large 4to (31.0 x 23.8 cm). Half-title and title page, 86 pp., 27 plates of which nine in chromolithography, partly augmented with gum arabic, 17 in lithography and one heliogravure. Later pebbled half cloth over marbled boards. Spine with six raised bands, compartments with gilt title and vignettes. Greenish endpapers.
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Clean copy of a rare, beautiful monograph on Madagascar's crocodiles, turtles and tortoises