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Mont Blanc...
[Aerial photos]
Mont Blanc and Chamonix in 1939.
Paris, Institut Géographique National, 1939. 64 original oblong aerial photos (each 13.0 x 18.0 cm).
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Higher than Mont Blanc: rare set of aerial photos from the Alps
[Aerial photos]
Lagrave-Chorges, 1952.
Paris, Institut Géographique National, 1952. 36 original large, square aerial photos (each 19.0 x 19.0 cm). In a matching envelope from the publisher.
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Alpine mountains, glaciers, lakes, in great detail
Dr. Heinri...
Berghaus, H.
Dr. Heinrich Berghaus' Physikalischer Hand-Atlas oder Sammlung von Karten, auf denen die hauptsächlichsten Erscheinungen der anorganischen und organischen Natur nach Ihrer geographischen Verbreitung und Vertheilung bildlich dargestellt sind. Abtheilung I-VIII. [Complete].
Gotha, Justus Perthes, 1849-1851. Eight volumes in six. Folio (36.8 x 24.5 cm). Each volume with two title pages (to the series, and to the work), text, and with 94 ‘plates’ overall [I: 15; II: 16; III: 15; IV: 5; V: 8; VI: 12; VII: 4; VIII: 19]. These are often double-sized and in full colour, usually with many maps, graphs, profiles, views, and other illustrations on one ‘plate’; the total number of separate figures may exceed one thousand. Original uniform half cloth over pictorial boards. Gilt title on the spine. Paste-downs with printed text. Edges marbled.
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The ‘missing evidence’ for Humboldt's Cosmos”
Voyage en...
Buch, L. de
Voyage en Norvège et en Laponie, fait dans les années 1806, 1807 et 1808. Traduit de l`Allemand par J. B. B. Eyriés. Précédé d`une introduction de M. A. de Humboldt. Suivi d`un mémoire de M. de Buch, sur la limite des neiges perpétuelles dans le Nord, et enrichi de cartes et de coupes de terrein.
Paris, Gide fils, 1816. Two volumes in two. 8vo (19.9 x 12.6 cm). xxiv, 472; 457 pp.; three engraved maps, of which tow large, folded. Uniform red calf over marbled boards. Spines with gilt ornamental bands, vignettes, and title. Sprinkled edges.
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A very good, contemporary bound set of the first French edition
[Mission s...
Guillemin-Tarayre, E.
[Mission scientifique au Mexique et dans l'Amérique Centrale.] Description des anciennes possessions mexicaines du Nord.
[Paris, Ministre de l'Instruction Publique (Imprimerie Nationale)], 1871. Large 4to (36.6 x 27.7 cm). 216 pp., 29 text engravings, one coloured engraved map "Carte de la Haute Californie et de la Nevada" (not numbered) one lithographed plate of Indians ("p. 15"), 18 lithographed plates and maps, all but two double-sized or larger [numbered I-XVII, one not numbered]. Not bound. Preserved in later half cloth portfolio with marbled boards and gilt title on the spine.
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Rare detailed maps and observations of California and Nevada
Über die H...
Humboldt F. [H.] A. Von [Freiherr]
Über die Haupt-Ursachen der Temperatur-Verschiedenheit auf dem Erdkörper. Gelesen in der öffentlichen Versammlung der Könichlichen Akademie der Wissenschaften in Berlin, am 3. Julius 1827.
Berlin, Dümmler, 1827. 4to (28.0 x 23.2 cm). 24 pp. Original blind wrappers.
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Humboldt on the earth's temperature: one of the first papers to develop climatology as a science
Acta Helve...
Lambert, J. H., D. Bernouilli, and others
Acta Helvetica, Physico-Mathematico-Anatomico-Botanico-Medica, figuris aeneis illustrata & in usus publicos exarata. I-V.
Basel, Johann Rudolph Im-Hof, 1751-1762. Five volumes in two. 4to (20.0 x 16.5 cm). Titles in red and black. 1764 pp. [I(1751) (vi), 104, 72; II(1755) (iv), 272; III(1758)(iv), 442; IV(1760) (viii), 412, (x); V(1762): (vi), 424]; 57 folded engraved plates and two folded tables. Uniform contemporary full calf. Spines with four raised bands, tan morocco labels with black titles. All edges red.
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The most important Swiss scientific journal
Marsigli, L. F. Comte de (Marsilli, L. Graave van)
Natuurkundige Beschryving der Zeeën.
's Gravenhage, De Compagnie, 1786. Folio (41.6 x 26.0 cm). Half-title, a nice hand-coloured engraved allegorical frontispiece, title page with woodcut vignette. [ii], xxvi, 216 pp. Seven mostly folded engravings, five hand-coloured engraved maps and profiles, and 40 beautifully hand-coloured engraved plates (for a total of 52 plates and maps), woodcut endpieces and capitals. Contemporary half calf over speckled boards. Spine with six raised bands, compartments with gilt floral vignettes and burgundy morocco label with gilt title.
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Extremely rare hand-coloured copy of the first book on corals
Nordenskjöld, O. (ed.)
Wissenschaftliche Ergebnisse der Schwedischen Südpolar-Expedition 1901-1903. Unter Mitwerkung zahlreicher Fachgenossen herausgegeben von Otto Nordenskjöld. Leiter der Expedition.
Stockholm, N. Nordenskjöld, 1905-1920. 59 parts in eight volumes [numbered I-II, III-1, III-2, IV-1, IV-2, V-VI]. 4to (26.2 x 20.5 cm). Text with over 300 plates, many being lithographed and several in full colour; 19 maps (many folded). Later uniform half cloth over marbled boards. Spines with red label and gilt title.
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Rare complete set of the results of an iconoclastic Antarctic expedition
Historia f...
Sagra, R. de la
Historia fisica, politica y natural de la Isla de Cuba. Comercio maritimo, Rentas y Gastos, Fuerza Armada, Apéndice (1842) (AND) Introduccion, Geografia, Clima y Estadistica (1848).
Paris, Arthus Bertrand, 1838, 1842[-1848]. Two parts in two. Folio (39.2 x 26.0 cm). Tomo I: half-title (to the work), title (to the volume), [I]-LXXIV, [1]-76, title (to the Atlas) [1]-2 pp., tab. II-XI (V, IX folded), I (folding coloured map after Juan de la Cosa), tab. [XII] (2nd folding map, of Cuba in 1841, with parts of the Bahamas and southern Florida), 77-302. Tomo II: title (to the volume), 1-135, [1]-72, 1-2, 3 ll (blank). Uniformly bound in contemporary light brown calf over grained red boards, spine with gilt linings and gilt lettering.
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The vital statistics of Cuba in the mid-19th-century
Report on...
Tizard, T. H. et al. (eds.) [Thomson, C. W. and J. Murray (general editors)]
Report on the scientific results of the voyage of H.M.S. Challenger during the years 1873-76 under the command of captain George S. Nares, R.N., F.R.S. and the late captain Frank Tourle Thomson, R.N. prepared under the superintendence of the late Sir. C. Wyville Thomson, Knt., F.R.S., &c. and now of John Murray. Volumes I - II. Narrative of the Cruise. [The complete narrative].
London, Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1882-1885. Two volumes in three. 4to (29.2 x 24.6 cm). Volume I (in two parts) (1885): liv, 1111 pp.; two elongate photographic frontispieces; 340 numbered (groups of) woodcuts and many unnumbered, often acting as head- or tailpieces; 75 charts, 35 numbered photographic plates; 15 chromolithographed plates (numbered A-I, K-P), and a very large map (in two parts) of both hemispheres – with the complete itinerary, in a rear pocket in part I; a second, very long, full-colour map on the oceans' salinity in part 2. Volume II (1882): viii, 744, 42, 29 pp.; several text engravings and two plates of which one in chromolithography, and a tipped-in note on the reason for publishing volume II ahead of volume I. Original, uniform, dark-green blind stamped pebbled cloth. Boards with bevelled edges. Gilt title on the spines. Brown endpapers.
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The famous Challenger Expedition from A to Z with magnificent illustrations
Ueber den...
Unger, F.
Ueber den Einfluss des Bodens auf die Vertheilung der Gewächse nachgewissen in der Vegetation des nordöstlichen Tirols.
Wien, Rohrmann und Schweigerd, 1836. 8vo (21.4 x 13.5 cm). xxiv, 367 pp., one hand-coloured engraved plate of Kitzbühl, one large, folded, hand-coloured geological-geographical map, one large, folded hand-coloured sheet with geological profile, five folded charts with meteorological observations (four) and botanical observations (one), many tables in the text. Contemporary quarter calf over marbled boards. Spine with gilt lines, vignettes, and title. Marbled endpapers; speckled edges.
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Dedicated to Carl von Martius and dealing with all aspects of northern Tirol