Turtles - Tortoises

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Antillean...
Barbour, T. and A. F. Carr
Antillean terrapins.
Cambridge, MA, The Museum of Comparative Zoölogy, 1940. 4to (30.0 x 25.1 cm). Title page, 35 pp., nine plates (eight in full colour) of tortoises, four text figures, errata slip. Later blind wrappers.
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€600.00
A surprisingly rare work on tortoises
De Aquatil...
Belon, P. [Petri Bellonii Cenomani; Pierre Belon du Mans]
De Aquatilibus. Libro duo, cum eiconibus ad vivam ipsorum effigiem, quoad eius fieri potuit, expressis.
Paris, Carolum Stephanum, 1553. Oblong 8vo (11.1 x 17.0 cm). [xxxii (index)], 448 pp., with 187 woodcut illustrations. Contemporary limp vellum; ink title in an old hand, written on the spine.
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€5,000.00
The foundation of modern ichthyology - a wide-margined copy of the first edition
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
Descriptio...
Duméril, A. [H. A.]
Description des reptiles nouveaux ou imparfaitement connus de la collection du Muséum d'Histoire Naturelle et remarques sur la classification et les charactères des reptiles. Premier mémoire. Ordre des chéloniens et premières familles de l'ordre des sauriens (crocodiliens et caméléoniens).
Paris, Gide et J. Baudry, 1852. Large 4to (32.3 x 25.0 cm). Title page and half-title (to the issue), 56 pp., nine plates (of which six finely hand-coloured). Later boards. Original printed wrapper mounted on front board.
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With the inclusion of five new turtles, one new crocodile, and two new chameleons
Mission Sc...
Duméril, A. [H. A.] and M. [F.] Bocourt
Mission Scientifique au Mexique et dans l'Amérique Centrale. Ouvrage publié par ordre du Ministre de l'Instruction Publique. Recherches zoologiques. Troisième partie. Étude sur les reptiles et les batraciens. Livraisons 1-15.
Paris, Imprimerie Nationale, 1870-[1897]. Large 4to and matching folio (36.5 x 27.5 cm). General herpetological title; 860 pp.; 90 lithographed plates [numbered 1-68; 17bis, 18bis, 20A-G, 21A-C, 22A-J], of which 21 hand-coloured. Loose-leaved, as issued. In later portfolio.
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€12,500.00
The 15 first 'livraisons' of the rare Mission Scientifique - Reptilia
Ostéologie...
Gervais, P.
Ostéologie du Sphargis luth ( Sphargis coriacea ).
Paris, Muséum d'Histoire naturelle de Paris, 1872. Large 4to. (32.5 x 25.2 cm). 30 pp., five lithographed plates. Original printed wrappers.
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€275.00
The leatherback: inside out
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
Journals o...
Grey, G.
Journals of two expeditions of discovery in north-west and western Australia during the years 1837, 38, and 39, under the authority of Her Majesty's Government. Describing many newly discovered, important and fertile districts, with observations on the moral and physical condition of the aboriginal inhabitants, &c., &c.
London, T. and W. Boone, 1841. Two volumes in two. 8vo (14.0 x 22.3 cm). Two lithographed frontispieces, one being hand-coloured and depicting a western-Australian Aboriginal person; (2), xiv, 412 pp., (16); vii, 482 pp.; 20 lithographed plates of which five hand-coloured. Original uniform embossed cloth. Gilt title and vignette on the spines. Yellow endpapers.
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€380.00
First edition of an expedition narrative with chapters on the zoology and new, illustrated, herpetological species
Biologia C...
Günther, A. C. L. G.
Biologia Centrali Americana: Reptilia and Batrachia.
London, Taylor & Francis, 1885-1902. Large 4to (30.3 x 24.8 cm). xx, 326 pp., 76 plates (eight in full colour). Publisher's blue cloth. Gilt title on the spine. Top edge gilt.
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€3,800.00
A great classic and a one of the most important contributions to herpetology by Günther
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"
Delices de...
Knorr, G.
Delices de la nature ou choix de tout ce que les trois regnes de la nature renferment de plus digne des recherches d'un curieux, pour en former un cabinet ouvrage communiqué ci-devant au public par Georg Wolfgang Knorr célébre graveur de Nuremberg continué par ses héritiers avec les descriptions et remarques de Philippe Louis Statius Müller ... revû, corrigé et augmenté d'une préface par Mr. Jean Ernest Emanuel Walch ...traduit de l'allemand par Jaques Frederic Isenflamm. [Amphibiens, lézards, serpens].
Nuremberg, les héritiers de feu G. W. Knorr, 1779. Folio (46.5 x 33.0 cm). Six very beautiful hand-coloured engraved plates, in portfolio.
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€1,800.00
A herpetological rarity with great hand-coloured plates
Ueber den...
Meyer, C. E. H. von
Ueber den Nager von Waltsch in Böhmen [AND] Physichthys Höninghausi aus dem Uebergangkalke der Eifel [AND] Schildkröte und Vogel aus dem Fischschiefer von Glarus [AND] Helochelys Danubia , aus dem Grünsande von Kelheim in Bayern [AND] Trachyteuthis ensiformis aus dem lithographischen Schiefer in Bayern.
Cassel [Kassel], Palaeontographica, 1855. Six papers in one. 4to (31.0 x 23.2 cm). 35 [5; 4; 12; 10; 4] pp., six engraved plates [1; 1; 2 (one shared); 2 (one shared); 1], the two turtle and one cephalopod plate double-sized. Contemporary wrappers with the title added in script.
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€450.00
Some important and well-illustrated studies by Von Meyer