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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; 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). 953 pp. [xxiv, 472; 457]; three engraved maps, of which two 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
Hauy's Ebe...
Haüy, [R. J.] Hessel, J. F. C. (ed.) [AND] Clemens, A.
Hauy's Ebenmaaßgesetz der Krystal-Bildung. Uebersetzt und mit Anmerkungen begleitet von Dr. F. C. Hessel ... Mit einer Vorrede von C. C. Ritter von Leonhard. [AND] Allgemeine Betrachtungen über die klimatischen Einflüsse und Versuch einer allgemeinen Characteristik der Gebirgsgegenden und ihrer Bewohner.
Frankfurt am Main, Hermann, 1819, 1820. Two works in one. 8vo (18.9 x 11.8 cm). xvi, 115 pp.; two large, folded plates with 40 engraved, numbered figures (Haüy); ii, 141 pp. (Clemens). Contemporary brown mottled half roan over marbled boards. Spine with burgundy morocco label with gilt titles. All edges red.
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Two rarities
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
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
Tableau du...
Volney, C. F.
Tableau du climat et du sol des Etats-Unis d'Amérique suivi d'éclaircissemens sur la Floride, sur la colonie Française au Scioto, sur quelques colonies Canadiennes et sur les sauvages. Enrichi de quatre planches gravées, dont deux cartes géographiques et une coupe figurée de la chûte de Niagara.
Paris, Courcier et Dentu, 1803. Two volumes in one. 8vo (19.6 x 12.2 cm). Two half-titles, two title pages, [iv], xvi, 532 pp. (pagination is continuous); two engraved folding maps, two folding engraved plates. Contemporary full mottled calf. Spine with gilt vignettes and ornamental borders in Empire style, and red morocco label with gilt title. Marbled endpapers.
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Rare first edition and one of the first books to treat North American climate and soils and geology
De vegetat...
Wahlenberg, G.
De vegetatione et climate in Helvetia Septentrionali inter flumina Rhenum et Arolam observatis et cum summi septentrionis comparatis tentamen.
Turici Helvetorum (Zürich), Fuessli, 1813. 8vo (20.5 x 12.1 cm). xcviii, 200 pp.; one folding table, three folded engraved plates. Contemporary half calf over marbled boards. Spine with gilt ornaments at head and food; red morocco label with gilt title. All edges red.
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A rare early work on plant geography in relation to altitude and latitude