Ornithology

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Gli uccell...
Cetti, F.
Gli uccelli di Sardegna.
Sassari, G. Piattoli, 1776. 8vo (17.7 x 11.2 cm). Half title, title, [vi], 334 pp. (including two more half titles), engraved frontispiece, six engraved plates, two engraved text vignettes. Contemporary blind-stamped vellum. Spine with blind-tooled floral vignettes and brown morocco label with gilt title. Patterned pastedowns. Red edges.
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€750.00
A fine work on birds by one of the few Europeans with a European bird named after him
The birds...
Cory, C. B.
The birds of Haiti and Santo Domingo.
Boston, MA, Estes & Lauriat, [1884-]1885. Small Folio (28.9 x 21.0 cm). Title page, engraved map and 23 plates of which seven hand-coloured. Slightly later grained half calf over marbled boards. Speckled edges.
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€400.00
A peculiar copy of this scarce work
The birds...
Crawshay, R.
The birds of Tierra del Fuego.
London, Quaritch, 1907. 4to (28.0 x 20.5 cm). Half-title, title, engraved dedication page, xl, 158 pp., 21 fine hand-coloured plates by Keulemans, 23 photographic plates, one tinted (red and blue) map. Publisher's black half morocco over green linen boards, gilt lettered spine with five raised, gilt-lined bands; top edge gilt.
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€2,400.00
Bird painter Keulemans at his best - and in a mint condition
Faune méri...
Crespon, J.
Faune méridionale ou description de tous les animaux vertébrés vivans et fossiles, sauvages ou domestiques qui se rencontrent toute l'année ou qui ne sont que de passage dans les plus grande partie du Midi de la France; suivie d'une méthode de taxidermie ou l'art d'empailler les oiseaux.
Nimes, chez l'auteur, and Montpellier, M. Lebrun, 1844. Two volumes of text and one atlas in three. 8vo (text volumes 21.5 x 13.0 cm; atlas 21.6 x 15.2 cm). 714 pp. [xxviii, 320, (2); ix, 354 (1)], 74 lithographed plates (one double-sized and double present). Contemporary uniform pebbled calf over pebbled boards. Spines with gilt lines and title. Marbled endpapers.
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€1,500.00
A rare French zoological monograph with the often missing atlas
Les oiseau...
Cuvier, G.
Les oiseaux décrits et figurés d'après la classification de Georges Cuvier. Mise au courant des progrès de la science. LXXI planches représentant en 464 figures. Dessinées d'après nature et gravées sur cuivre les espèces les plus remarquables et les caractères génériques tirés du bec et des plattes. Avec un texte explicatif.
Paris, J. B. Baillière et Fils, 1869. 8vo (22.4 x 14.5 cm). Half-title, title page and 72 engraved plates, tissue-guarded, with explanatory text leaves, and short index. Original printed boards. Spine with cloth cover and printed paper label.
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€500.00
Posthumously published much improved edition of Cuvier's work
The birds...
Dawson, W. L. and J. H. Bowles
The birds of Washington. A complete scientific and popular account of the 372 species of birds found in the state. Illustrated by more than 300 original half-tones of birds in life, nests, eggs, and favotite haunts, from photographs by the author and others. Together with 40 drawings in the text and a series of full-page color-plates. By Alan Brooks. Large paper edition. With photogravures and special photographs. Sold only by subscription. Volume I - II. (Complete). [Large paper copy, numbered]
Seattle, WA, The Occidental Publishing Co., 1909. In two volumes. Large 4to (31.5 x 24.5 cm). xv, iii, 1,012 pp.; 45 plates including two frontispieces (original photo, mounted and with printed tissue guard), and including 16 colour plates after watercolours of A. Brooks, 300 text figures. Uniform original boards. Spine with original printed labels. Decorated endpapers.
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€500.00
The true first large paper edition
A history...
Dresser, H. E.
A history of the birds of Europe, including all the species inhabiting the western Palaearctic Regions.
London, for the author, 1871-1896. In nine volumes. Large 4to (31.5 x 25.5 cm). 723 lithographed plates after John Gerrard Keulemans, Joseph Wolf and Edward Neale, of which 721 finely hand-coloured, PLUS 17 duplicate plates with slight differences in colouring. Uniform contemporary half morocco over red pebbled boards. Gilt title on the spines. Original pictorial front wrappers bound in.
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€17,500.00
An over-complete copy, with the little gull plate AND 17 duplicate plates with slight differences in colouring
Society fo...
Dresser, H. E. (ed.)
Society for the Protection of Birds: Educational Series. Parts I & II, nos. 1 to 24 with Acts and Orders, and Supplement. [All published].
London, Society for the Protection of Birds, 1896-1898. In one volume, 4to (23.7 x 18.5 cm). Title page, three early index leaves, 220 pp. [1: 4; 2: (4); 3: 6; 4: 8; 5: 4; 6: 4; 7: 4; 8: 4; 9: 6; 10: 4; 11: 6+8+8; 12: 4; 13: 4; 14: 4; 15: 4; 16: 4; 17: 4; 18: 4; 19: 4; 20: 4; 21: 4; 22: 4; 23: 4; 24: 4]; many illustrations. Original blind stamped floral patterned cloth. Gilt title on front board. Specked edges.
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€350.00
Presentation copy of a rare, ephemeral series
Govierno g...
Ferrer de Valdecebro, A.
Govierno general, moral y politico hallado en las Aves mas generosas, y nobles, sacado de sus naturales, virtudes, y propiedades le escrive el Padre Maestro Fray Andres Ferrer de Valdecebro...le consagra al gloriosissimo Padre, y apostol Valenciano San Vicente Ferrer.
Madrid, M. Alegre, 1670. 4to (20.5 x 13.7 cm). [xl], 205 numbered leaves, 30 pp. of "tabla general" (general index), one engraved portrait of San Vicente Ferrer and 18 engravings in the text, all of the birds discussed. Limp vellum with beautifully contemporary calligraphed title on the spine.
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€3,600.00
Rare early work on Spanish ornithology
Oeuvres co...
Flourens, [M. J. P.] [Buffon, Cuvier and De Lacépède]
Oeuvres complètes de Buffon avec la nomenclature Linnéenne et la classification de Cuvier. Revues aux l'édition in-4to de l'Imprimerie royale et annotées par M. Flourens. Nouvelle édition illustrée de 150 planches gravées sur acier d'après les dessins de mm. Traviès et Henry Gobin et coloriées avec le pluis grand soin. (AND) Oevres de Cuvier et Lacépède contenant le complément de Buffon a l'histoire des mammifères et des oiseaux l'histoire des cétacés, batraciens serpents et poissons illustrés de 50 planches environ 125 sujets coloriés avec le plus grand soin. Supplément aux oeuvres complètes de Buffon annotées par M. Flourens.
Paris, Garnier Frères, [1855]. In 16 volumes. 4to (26.5 x 17.3 cm). 10,419 pp., one portrait, four hand-coloured maps, one tinted frontispiece, 190 (of 194?) finely hand-coloured steel-engravings of which nine placed as frontispieces). Contemporary uniform half morocco over marbled boards. Spines with five raised bands, gilt title. Marbled endpapers, speckled edges.
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€1,850.00
An unrecorded edition of Buffon and Cuvier
Naturgesch...
Fritsch, A. [J.]
Naturgeschichte der Vögel Europa's.
Prag, F. Tempský, 1870-1871. In two volumes. 8vo text (1870) (23.0 x 15.3 cm); xv, 506, [xi] pp.; and folio atlas (40.6 x 31.1 cm); title page, x pp.; 61 chromolithographed plates, with additional hand-colouring. Uniform original pebbled cloth boards in two colours. Spines with smooth bands and gilt title. Text volume with yellow endpapers. Speckled edges.
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€750.00
A rare, finely illustrated work in its original bindings
Théorie de...
Gama Machado, J. J. Da
Théorie des ressemblances, ou essai philosophique sur les moyens de déterminer les dispositions physiques et morales des animaux, d'après les analogies de formes, de robes et de couleurs.
Paris, Treutel et Würtz (1831), Fournier (1836-1844), J. Claye (1858). Four volumes in four. Large 4to/folio [30.0 x 22.7 (volumes 1-3)]; folio [34.5 x 26.3 cm (volume 4)]. All volumes with half title and title pages; 714 pp.; 54 (chromo-)lithographed plates, originally coloured or finished by hand. Contemporary full-pebbled morocco. Boards of volumes 1-3 rich gilt with floral patterns, adorned with various little gilt animals and scallops, and the initials G. S. (George Sand); rich gilt inner dentelles. Spines with four raised, gilt-stippled bands; compartments with gilt title, volume number, and George Sand's maxim, "Patience et persevèrance". Silken, iridescent endpapers. All edges gilt. Volume four in near identical binding, however spine without motto, boards with double gilt border, edges with simple gilt line, plain endpapers and edges.
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€16,000.00
George Sand's copy - with here initials - a very rare complete set