Manuscripts and Letters

The original works of scientists and travellers, written and/or drawn

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Mertens, R.
[Original manuscript of his paper on biological travels in central Australia]
[Frankfurt am Main, 1965]. Handwritten on rectos of four uniform, loose, ruled leaves (21.0 x 14.9 cm).
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€180.00
Handwritten reflections of an important herpetologist
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Mertens, R.
[Original manuscript of his paper on the development of salamanders from the Caucasus]
[Frankfurt am Main, 1968]. Handwritten on rectos (and one verso) of two uniform, loose, ruled leaves (21.0 x 14.9 cm), and two leaves (30.0 x 21.0 cm) of the same text, as typed manuscript.
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€150.00
A glimpse of Robert Mertens at work
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Mertens, R.
[Original manuscript on the variability of the dice snake, Natrix tessellata ].
[Frankfurt am Main, 1969]. Handwritten in ink on rectos of 14 uniform, loose, ruled leaves (20.8 x 14.8 cm), and in pencil one one very large oblong (29.7 x 42.0 cm) graph paper sheet.
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€275.00
Robert Mertens at work: thoughts on snakes
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Mertens, R.
[Original manuscript on the true identity of the snake, Naja celebensis Ahl].
[Frankfurt am Main, 1961]. Handwritten in ink on rectos of three large, uniform, loose, ruled leaves (29.7 x 21.0 cm).
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€180.00
Robert Mertens's handwritten draft on a mysterious snake
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Mertens, R.
[Original manuscript on the variability of the striped kukri snake, Oligodon octolineatus (Schneider)].
[Frankfurt am Main, 1969]. Handwritten in ink on rectos of 23 uniform, loose, ruled leaves (20.8 x 14.8 cm), a photocopy of a single leaf of G. A. Boulenger's Catalogue of the snakes in the British Museum , volume II (1894) with a few annotations by Mertens; and another 14 leaves of several sizes, a few with printed text.
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€275.00
Robert Mertens at work: a revealing Robert Mertens pondering on Oligodon
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Mertens, R.
[Original manuscript on the intraspecific variability in reptiles].
[Frankfurt am Main, 1971]. Handwritten on rectos (and a few versos) of 50 loose leaves (20.8 x 14.8 cm), including 48 ruled leaves and two of graph paper.
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€375.00
Robert Mertens on speciation, in his own hand
Botanical...
Paradis, C.
Botanical manuscript with pencil-drawings of plants.
19th century French manuscript with 15 very accurate pencil-drawings with their descriptions in a very neat handwriting. No place, no publisher (ca. 1850?). Small folio (33 x 25.5 cm). Half calf over pebbled boards with gilt borders, embossed initials "C. P" on front board, spine with gilt floral pattern and title "Botanique". All edges gilt.
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€1,200.00
Fine drawings of beautiful plants, joined with fine calligraphy
Musterbuch...
[Pattern book]
Musterbuch für Stahldruck.
Unpublished [n.d., but ca. 1890]. Folio (32.5 x 21.0 cm). Ca. 300 pages, with over 2,500 finely hand-coloured decorative transfers in Art Nouveau and romantic styles. Black blind half calf over black boards. Front board with original, neatly handwritten label.
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€6,200.00
A masterpiece of ceramic illustrations
Käfer West...
Peetz, [F.]
Käfer Westfl. [Westfalens]: the manuscript of the never-published "Coleoptera Westfalica".
Unpublished, ca. 1928-1937. In two volumes. 8vo (21.6 x 13.8 cm). xvi, 402, [viii] pp., one map; xxii, 372, [xi] pp. Uniform original pebbled half cloth over marbled boards.
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€1,200.00
A large and detailed, unpublished manuscript on German beetles
4 Monate K...
[Pfanner, P.]
4 Monate Krieg [Four Months War] Shanghai 1937 [Original photos]
Shanghai, unpublished, 1937. Oblong folio (18.1 x 26.5 cm). 44 pp., each with one to four original photos, for a total of 102 photos (ca 9 x 6 cm), mounted and tissue-guarded. In Chinese embroided cloth binding with Chinese characters.
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€7,400.00
Unique photographic eyewitness account of the Chino-Japanese War in Shanghai
Les procéd...
Raspail, X.
Les procédés de Pasteur. Jugés en 1882 par l'éminent chemiste Duclaux, nommé en 1895, directeur de l'institut Pasteur, fonction qu'il a occupée jusqu'à sa mort, en 1904 [AND] Le centenaire de Pasteur, a servi, pendant 18 mois, à lui édifier une apothéose mondiale, par une accumulation journalière, dans la presse française, de faux scientifiques et de mensognes scandaleux.
Gouvieuz, [the author?], 1924. Small 8vo (17.3 x 11.0 cm). 20 pp. Original printed wrappers.
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€350.00
Signed by the author
Mission of...
Reinburg, P.
Mission officielle commanditée par le Ministère de l'Instruction Publique pour un voyage d'étude en Amérique latine (1909-1913).
Paris, unpublished, 1909-1913. 266 framed glass positives (including colour positives), 9.9 x 8.5 cm with handwritten descriptive labels (positive size 7.0 x 7.0 cm); preserved in one wooden box (28.5 x 11.0 x 11.1 cm) and 25 contemporary cardboard boxes, mostly with pictorial printed labels.
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€5,600.00
From an unknown Andes expedition: an exciting and unique collection of original glass positives