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Les singer...
[Anonymous but probably P. C. L. Janet]
Les singeries humaines. Petit museum comique et grotesque.
Paris, Louis Janet, ca. 1825. Oblong 8vo (19.0 x 12.3 cm). iv, 146, [i] pp.; title page with large, engraved and finely hand-coloured vignette, 12 finely engraved, tissue-guarded plates with contemporary hand-colouring. Contemporary quarter polished calf over marbled boards. Spine with gilt bands and title, and blind tooled vignettes.
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Possibly the only copy entirely in contemporary hand-colouring
Histoire n...
Audebert, J. B.
Histoire naturelle des singes, peints d'après nature. [AND] Histoire naturelle [des singes et] des makis. [Complete].
Paris, l'Auteur, [AND] H. J. Jansen, 1797-[An 8 = 1799]. Two volumes in one. Folio (49.2 x 31.8 cm). Three half-titles, two title pages; 178 pp. [24, 4, 4, 10, 4, 8, 10, 24, 14, 8, 10, 8, 44, iv, 2]; 63 engraved plates of which 61 finely colour-printed, with additional original hand-colouring, and two plain, as intended. Contemporary, empire style, full calf. Boards with triple gilt borders and embossed floral vignettes, central vignette of a lyre. Spine with seven raised bands, gilt vignettes (vases) and morocco label with gilt title. Later marbled endpapers.
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Primatology at its most beautiful - by an artist turned scientist
Account of...
Camper, P.
Account of the organs of speech of the orang outang. [Philosophical Transactions, 1779 Part I].
London, The Royal Society, 1779. 4to (25.5 x 19.7 cm). 21 pp.; one large, double-folded engraved plate. Contemporary half calf over marbled boards. Spine with five gilt-bordered raised bands. Black morocco label with gilt title. All edges speckled red.
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Talking orangs...
Planches p...
Camper, P.
Planches pour les oeuvres de P. Camper, qui ont pour objet l'histoire naturelle, le physiologie et l'anatomie comparée.
Paris, Theodore Dabo, 1803. Folio (46.0 x 31.0 cm) with one fine engraved portrait by B. Roger and 34 engraved plates. Original blind wrappers.
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Unusual views of the elephant, horses, frog and man by one of the founders of comparative anatomy
Sexual sel...
Darwin, C.
Sexual selection in relation to monkeys.
London, Nature, 1876. Folio (28.2 x 19.6 cm). pp. 17-18 in: Nature issue 15(366) [pp. i-viii, 1-20]. Original printed wrappers.
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Sex in the monkey
A review o...
Elliot, D. G.
A review of the primates. I-III. [Complete].
New York, NY, The American Museum of Natural History, "1912" [1913]. Three parts in three. 4to. 1,351 pp. [cxxvi, 317, xxxviii; xviii, 382, xxvi; xiv, 262, clxviii]; one full colour frontispiece by Fuertes, 27 full colour plates by Smit, Wolf, and Keulemans, 125 photographs mostly of crania. Contemporary full pebbled calf. Spines with five raised bands, gilt title and gilt floral vignettes. Boards with gilt-lined borders. Marbled endpapers. Top edges gilt.
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The great classic, illustrated monograph on primates
Grandidier, G.
Recherches sur les Lémuriens disparus et en particulier sur ceux qui vivaient à Madagascar.
Paris, Masson, 1905. Large 4to (31.5 x 24.4 cm). 144 pp.; 12 lithographed plates, 27 text figures, one tinted map. Later burgundy buckram with gilt title on the spine.
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An unusual clean copy with handwritten dedication by the author
Gratiolet, L. P. and P. H. E. Alix
Recherches sur l'anatomie du Troglodytes aubryi . Chimpanzé d'une espèce nouvelle.
Paris, L. Guerin, 1866. Large 4to (32.0 x 24.5 cm). [ii], 264 pp.; nine finely engraved plates. Original printed wrappers.
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At the fronteer of chimpology
Hoeven, J. van der
Bijdragen tot de kennis van de Lemuridae of Prosimii. [Titled Bydragen tot de kennis van de Lemuridae on front board].
Leiden, S. Luchtmans and J. Luchtmans. Tall folio (45.2 x 29.4 cm). Title page, [i], 18 pp.; three lithographed plates of which two finely hand-coloured. Contemporary full bright red grained calf. Boards with intricate blind-tooled and gilt-ornamental borders, floral corner pieces and title. Pink floral endpapers. All edges gilt.
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An exceptionally nicely bound copy of a rare work on lemurs
Storia nat...
[Jacob, N. H.]
Storia naturale delle scimie e dei maki, disposta con ordine da P. Hugues, dietro le scoperte dei più rinomati naturalisti; arrichita di schiarimenti relativi ai costumi, astuzie, nutrimenti, e climi abitati da questi Quadrumani; con la maniera di dar loro la caccia, e d'un idea sull' uso e la proprietà dello loro carne in medicina. Dedicata a S. A. il Principe Eugenio di Beauharnais.
Milano, P. Hugues, 1822. Two volumes in one. Large folio (45.0 x 32.5 cm). First volume with engraved title page in sepia, engraved plate "Confronti di alcuni tratti di decrescente analogia nel profilo e nelle fisica constituzione del cranio dell' uomo e delle scimie", [vi, preface and systematics]; 73 (numbered III-V, and I-LXX) fine stipple engraved plates of apes and monkeys, each with descriptive captions in Italian. Several additional half-titles; the second volume on makis is titled "Dei lemuriani ossia maki propriamente detti", and has three introductory pages numbered ii-iv, a first half-title, ten plates, a second half-title (to the loris), a one-page introduction, and three plates, a third half title (to the makis), an unnumbered text leaf, and another two plates, a fourth half-title (to the genus Galago ), another one-page introduction, and the final two plates, for a total of 15 plates, and an index page numbered xvi, and a grand total - for both volumes combined - of 88 plates. Contemporary blind half vellum over plain boards.
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Second, altered, Italian edition of this splendidly illustrated monograph on apes and monkeys
Opera omni...
Kerckring, T.
Opera omnia anatomica; continentia spicilegium anatomicum, osteogeniam foetuum: nec non anthropogeniae ichnographiam. Accuratissimus figuris aeri incisis illustrata. Editio tertia.
Lugduni Batavorum [Leiden], Theodorus Haak and Samuel Luchtmans, 1729. Three works in one. 4to (23.2 x 18.3 cm). Frontispiece engraving by A. Blotelingh; title page with woodcut vignette "Tuta sub Aegide Pallas", xx, 303 pp., including titles to the Osteogenia foetuum, in qua quis cuique ossiculo singulis accedat mesibus, quidve decedat, & in eo per varia immutetur tempora, accuratissimè oculis subjicitur (with copper engraved vignette "Structa super lapidem qui ruet ista domus" and blank verso) and Anthropogeniae ichnographia sive conformatio foetus ab ovo usque sad ossificationis principia, in supplementum osteogeniae foetuum (with wood-engraved vignette); 40 engraved plates (several large, folding); Marbled limp paper boards, green label with script title on the spine.
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A well-illustrated early work on the development of bones in human fetuses
Museum d'H...
Museum d'Histoire Naturelle
Museum d'Histoire Naturelle: Annales volumes 1-21 (AND) Nouvelles Annales volumes 1-4 (AND) Mémoires volumes 1-20 (AND) Archives volumes 1-10 (AND) Nouvelles Archives Series I volumes 1-10; Series II volumes 1-10; Series III volumes 1-9.
Paris, Muséum d'Histoire Naturelle, 1802-1897. 84 volumes in 100 parts. Large 4to (slightly differing dimensions per series, the largest being the last series, at 32.0 x 25.0 cm). 2,048 copper engravings and lithographed plates of which many double-sized or larger, and/or hand-coloured or in chromolithography, and seven portraits. Contemporary uniform marbled boards with morocco labels on the spines in different colours for the different series; original printed wrappers of several issues bound in ( Annales, Mémoires, Nouvelle Annales ), and near contemporary uniform cloth bindings with red morocco labels ( Archives and Nouvelles Archives , first series), and original printed wrappers (last two series of the Nouvelles Archives ).
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From Lamarck to Père David: The congregation of all the leading 19th-century French botanists and zoologists