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The book o...
Elder, F.
The book of the hackle.
Edinburgh, Scottish Academy Press, 1979. 8vo (23.2 x 14.8 cm). xi, 140 pp., coloured frontispiece, six peculiar plates with original hackles including 29 different types. Original red morocco in original slipcase (25.0 x 16.1 x 3.1 cm) by A. Lumsden. Gilt edges.
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One of just 85 numbered copies, in a fine, fresh condition
Fauna der...
Fritsch, A.
Fauna der Gaskohle und der Kalksteine der Permformation Böhmens. Band I-IV. [Complete].
Prag, Selbstverlag and F. Řivnáč, 1879-1899 [1901?]. Four volumes in four. Folio (34.0 x 25.5 cm). 459 pp., lavishly illustrated with 167 mostly chromolithographed plates (several double-sized or larger, folded), and over 400 text engravings, of which some plate-sized. Volume I (1883): 182 pp., 48 plates (some larger, folded, a few plain), 160 text engravings; volume II (1889): 114 pp., 44 plates (several larger, folded; numbered 49-90, 80b, 81b), 79 text figures (numbered 117-188); vol. III (1895): 132 pp., 42 plates [several (much) larger; numbered 91-132], 122 text engravings (numbered 189-310); vol. IV (1901): 101 pp., full colour frontispiece, of a landscape with "Miriopoden"; 33 plates (numbered 133-165), 64 text engravings (numbered 311-394, and including phototypes of fossil animals and tracks, freshwater bivalves, and, e.g. the author at work). Original uniform brown cloth sumptuously embossed with black floral borders, and gilt vignettes depicting Permian amphibians, reptiles and fish. Marbled edges.
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Magnificent and exceedingly rare work on the fossil faunas of Bohemia
Mission sc...
Hyades, P. (ed.)
Mission scientifique de Cap Horn (1882-1883). Tome VI (Zoologie), part II. Insectes. [Complete for the Insecta].
Paris, Gauthier-Villars et fils, 1887. Five parts in one. 4to (26.5 x 21.3 cm). 63, 7, 9, 35, 45 pp., ten chromolithographic plates. Contemporary half calf over marbled boards, with five raised bands and gilt lettering on the spine. Floral-patterned endpapers.
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A very good, contemporary bound copy of this important contribution to the insects of Tierra del Fuego
Kükenthal, W. and R. Hartmeyer
Ergebnisse einer zoologischen Forschungsreise nach Westindien.
Jena, Gustav Fischer, 1908-1916. Four parts (of six) in one. 8vo (23.3 x 15.9 cm). 586 pp., one map, 28 plates and 207 text figures. Near contemporary black pebbled cloth. Gilt title on the spine. Original printed wrappers bound in rear.
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The rare first parts, forming Zoologische Jahrbücher Supplement XI
Les pédicu...
Piaget, E.
Les pédiculines. Essai monographique. I (texte), II (atlas), supplement. [Complete].
Leiden, E. J. Brill, 1880-1885. In three volumes. 4to (31.5 x 24.8 cm). 926 [xxxix, 714; 0; xii, 161] pp., 73 [0, LVI; XVII] tinted lithographed plates. Original near uniform green blind stamped cloth with gilt title on the spines and front boards.
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Rare, complete copy of a monumental monograph
Mission sc...
Saussure, H. [L. F.] De
Mission scientifique au Mexique et dans l'Amérique Centrale, ouvrage publié par ordre de S. M. l'Empereur et par les soins du Ministre de l'Instruction publique. Recherches zoologiques. Recherches zoologiques pour servir à l'histoire de la faune d'Amérique Centrale et du Mexique. Publiées sous la direction de M. Milne Edwards. Sixième partie. Études sur les myriapodes et les insectes.
Paris, Imprimerie Impériale, 1870-1879. Large 4to and matching folio (36.0 x 27.5 cm). Orhoptères: 533 pp.; eight lithographed plates of which five finely hand-coloured [as intended]; Myriapodes (co-authored by A. Humbert) 211 pp.; six lithographed plates of which two hand-coloured (as intended). 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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The complete entomology of the Histoire de la faune d'Amerique Centrale
Voyage au...
Sparrman, A.
Voyage au Cap de Bonne-Espérance, et autour du monde avec le capitaine Cook et principalement dans les pays des Hottentots et des Caffres. Avec cartes, figures et planches en taille douce. Traduit par M. Le Tourneur.
Paris, Buisson, 1787. Three volumes in three. 8vo (19.3 x 12.2 cm). 1,155 [xxxii, 390; 367; 366] pp.; double-sized frontispiece, 15 [2; 7; 6] copper-engraved plates and one large, folded engraved map. Contemporary uniform full polished calf. Boards with gilt pattered borders and gilt dentelles. Spine with gilt floral vignettes and green morocco labels with gilt titles. Marbled endpapers.
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First French 8vo edition by Sparrman, who sailed round the world with Captain Cook. Most is devoted to South Africa