One of the finest early 19th-century colour-printed works on molluscs

Deshayes, G. P. [G. Cuvier]

Le règne animal distribué d'après son organisation, pour servir de base a l'histoire naturelle des animaux, et d'introduction a l'anatomie comparée. Edition accompagnée de planches gravées, ...Les mollusques. [Atlas].

Published 1836-1845
Item ID 75466

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Paris, Fortin, Masson, 1836-1845. Thick 4to-sized folio (25.3 x 17.4 cm). 152 plates, numbered as follows: 1, 1a, 1b, 1c (folded), 1d, 1e, 1f, 2-30, 30bis, 31-48, 48bis, 49-61, 61bis, 62-69, 69bis, 70-83, 83bis, 84-90, 90bis, 91-111, 111bis, 112-139, each with explanatory text leaves and tissue-guards. Contemporary red half morocco over patterned boards. Spine rich gilt with ornamental vignettes and gilt title. Iridescent endpapers. All edges gilt.

The very uncommon Mollusca atlas of the so-called Disciples Édition of George Cuvier's Regne Animal. The French naturalist Jean Léopold Nicolas Frédéric, Baron Cuvier, (1769-1832) was, with Lamarck, the leading zoologist of the late 18th and early 19th century. He is also widely regarded as founding father of palaeontology. This atlas formed part of a much-expanded and superiorly illustrated work, written by his students – or disciples – after his death; in this case by the French malacologist and palaeontologist Paul Gerard Deshayes (1796-1875). Many of the fine plates are by Paul Louis Oudart (1796-1860), one of the best natural history illustrators of the period; others are by Antoine Jean Baptist Vaillant (1817-1852), Eugène Roch, and Thiolat. The exquisite colour lithography is by the famous Rémond. Publication took more than nine years (see Cowan). Stamp on first blank recto; some spotting to the tissue guards, and pinpoint spotting to several plates, as usual. Otherwise, a very good, complete copy. Cowan, On the Disciples' Edition of Cuvier's Règne Animal. ( J. Soc. Bibl. Nat. Hist. 8[1], p. 54); Nissen ZBI, 1014 [under Cuvier].

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