Salamanders

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Tableau en...
Bonnaterre, [P. J.]
Tableau encyclopédique et methodique des trois regnes de la nature, dédié et présenté a M. Necker, Ministre d'État, & Directeur Général des Finances. Erpétologie, ophiologie.
Paris, Panckoucke, 1789-1790. Large 4to (28.7 x 22.3 cm). xxviii, 70, [i] pp. 69 engraved plates, as follows: 1-7 [amphibians], 1-6 [turtles], 1-12, 6(II) [reptiles]; xliv, 76 pp., 43 (A, 1-42) [snakes]. Beautiful period-style half calf over mottled boards. Rich gilt spine with five raised gilt-ornamented bands and red morocco label with gilt title. Marbled endpapers. Edges red.
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€1,500.00
The complete amphibians and reptiles from the famous Encyclopédie Méthodique
Mission Sc...
Brocchi, [P. L. A.]
Mission Scientifique au Mexique et dans l'Amérique Centrale. Ouvrage publié par ordre du Ministre de l'Instruction Publique. Recherches zoologiques. Troisième partie. - 2e Section. Étude des batraciens de l'Amérique Centrale.
Paris, Imprimerie Nationale, 1874. Large 4to and matching folio (36.0 x 27.5 cm). 123 pp.; 24 plates [numbered 1-21, 17bis, 18bis, 20bis], of which one stipple-engraved (plain) and 23 in (chromo)lithography (20 partly or completely coloured, and three plain). Contemporary olive half calf with gilt-lined borders over marbled boards. Spine with five raised, gilt-stippled bands; compartments with gilt triple cadres, and two (red and light brown) morocco labels with gilt titles. Marbled endpapers.
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€4,800.00
Brocchi's magnum opus - the rare herpetology of the Mission Scientifique
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
Recherches...
Dugès, A. [L.]
Recherches sur l'ostéologie et la myologie des batraciens, a leurs différens ages, présentées a l'Académie Royale des Sciences en réponse a la question suivante: déterminer, a l'aide d'observations, et démonstrer, par préparations anatomiques et des dessins exacts, les modifications que présentent, dans leur squelette et dans leurs muscles, les reptiles batraciens, tels que grenouilles et les salamandres, en passant de l'état de larve à celui d'animal parfait.
Paris, Académie des Sciences, 1834. 4to (26.5 x 21.1 cm). 216, [1] pp., 20 folded engraved plates. Contemporary half calf over marbled boards. Spine with four raised bands, gilt bordered compartments and red morocco label with gilt title. Patterned endpapers.
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€175.00
Seldom seen early work on the anatomy of amphibians
Bilder-Atl...
Fitzinger, L. J. [F. J.]
Bilder-Atlas zur wissenschaftlich-populären Naturgeschichte der Amphibien in ihren Sämmtlichen hauptformen.
Vienna, Kaiserlich-Königliche Hof-und Staatsdruckerei, 1864. Folio (32.9 x 25.0 cm). Title page and 109 plates (two plain and 107 in chromolithography). Contemporary half morocco over marbled boards with ornamental blind stamped edges. Spine with five raised bands, blind-tooled compartments and two morocco labels (red and black) with gilt title. Marbled endpapers. Edges red.
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€1,800.00
A rare work of large size and with detailed colouring
De salaman...
Funk, A. F.
De salamandrae terrestris. Vita, evolutione, formatione. Tractatus.
Berlin, Duncker & Humblot, 1827. Tall folio (44.9 x 26.7 cm). xiii, 60 pp.; three fine, large, hand-coloured engraved plates. Contemporary half calf over marbled boards. Spine with gilt lines; front board with red morocco label with gilt ornamental borders and gilt title. Edges yellow.
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€3,600.00
A spotless, unmarked copy of a very rare work in a very nice, contemporary binding
Reptilia M...
Gravenhorst, J. L. C. [C.]
Reptilia Musei zoologici Vratislaviensis. Recensita et descripta. [OR] Deliciae Musei zoologici Vratislaviensis. Fasciculus primus. Continens Chelonios et Batrachia.
Lipsiae [Leipzig], Leopold Voss, 1829. Folio (40.5 x 25.5 cm). Half-title, double title page, 106 pp. including dedication page and second half title; 17 finely engraved plates of which 13 delicately hand-coloured. Contemporary pebbled half cloth over dark grey marbled boards. Later printed label on the spine.
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€6,500.00
A great copy of an exceedingly rare and scientifically important herpetological work
De Venenis...
Grevin, J.
De Venenis Libri duo. Gallice primum ab eo scripti et a multis hactenus Latini desiderati et nunc tandem opera et Hieremiae Martij Augustanae Reipublicae Medici, in Latinum sermonem, summa fide & diligantia in rei medicae studiosorum utilitatem atque commodum conuersi. Quibus adiunctus est preaterea eiusdem auctoris de Antimonio tractatus, eodem interprete, una cum rerum memorabilium, praecipue ad operis calcem, indice.
Antverpiae, Christophor Plantin, 1571. 8vo (21.0 x 14.3 cm). Title page with engraved vignette. [xviii], 332, [xi] pp., and 92 woodcuts in the text. Original vellum. Title written in ink in an old hand on the spine.
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€2,500.00
Early work on poisonous animals and plants including a great deal on herpetology
Historiae...
Jonston, J.
Historiae naturalis e quadrupeditus libri [I], de quadrupetibus, libri II [AND] III de insectis [AND] de serpentibus, libri V de piscubus et cetis [AND] IV, de exanguibus aquaticis, Libri VI. De avibus. [Complete].
Frankfurt am Main, Matthias Merian, 1650-1653. Six parts in four. Folio (32.6 x 19.6 cm) with 249 engraved plates and six engraved title pages (four resembling frontispieces, engraved by Matthias Merian). Part I (no date, but 1650) 232 [iv] pp., 80 plates; Part III (AND) Part II (1653) 200, [vii]; 40, [iii] pp., 40 [28, 12] plates; Part V (no date, but 1650) (AND) part IV (1650) 228; 78; [xii] pp., 67 [47, 20] plates; Part VI (1650). 227, [vii] pp. 62 plates. Contemporary uniform full mottled calf. Spines with six raised bands, compartments with rich gilt floral patterns and two green morocco labels with gilt titles.
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€8,500.00
A complete copy of the rare first edition of Johnston's famous "Historiae Naturalis"
Histoire n...
Latreille, P. A.
Histoire naturelle des salamandres de France, précédée d'un tableau méthodique des autres reptiles indigènes: avec figures coloriée.
Paris, De Crapelet, An VIII [1800]. 8vo (20.2 x 12.5 cm). xlvii, 61 [2] pp., five hand-coloured and one tinted engraved plate. Near contemporary pebbled quarter morocco over marbled boards. Spine with gilt lined and stippled bands, and gilt title. Marbled endpapers. Speckled edges.
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€1,500.00
The rare first edition of this important and finely illustrated work on salamanders
[Original...
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
Faune de l...
Nikolsky, A. M. [Nikolskii]
Faune de la Russie et des pays limitrophes fondée principalement sur les collections du Musée Zoologique de l'Académie Impériale des Sciences de Russie. Amphibiens (Amphibia).
Petrograd, Musée Zoologique de l'Académie Impériale des Sciences de Russie, 1918. 8vo (25.0 x 16.5 cm). 311 pp., four photographic plates. Original printed wrappers.
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€400.00
Rare but essential work on Russian amphibians