Échinides fossiles de l'Algérie. Description des espèces déja recueillies dans ce pays et considérations sur leur position stratigraphique. I-X. (Complete).
Item ID 66708
Paris, G. Masson, 1876-1891. Ten volumes in eight. Large 8vo (23.8 x 13.7 cm). 1,259 pp; 85 very finely lithographed plates. Uniform near contemporary crimson roan over marbled boards. Spines with five raised bands, and gilt title. Marbled endpapers. A fine monograph with beautiful illustrations of generally well-preserved specimens from Jurassic to Pliocene species, including many that were new or poorly known. The authors did work their way through the rich Algerian material in a quasi-chronological way, following a planned sequence of the strata from the oldest to the youngest, starting with the "Terrains Jurassiques" (volume I, 1883) and followed by: II (1884) Étages Tithonique & Néocomien; III (1876) Urgo-Aptien et Albien; IV-V (1878) Cénomanien; VI (1879) Turonien; VII (1881) Sénonien, première partie [Santonien]; VIII (?1881) Campanien, Dordonien; IX (1885) Éocène; X (1891) Miocène et Pliocène. There are no title pages for parts V and VIII, as they are continuations of parts IV, and VII, respectively. An earlier version of the first two "Jurassic" volumes had previously been published in the Annales des Sciences Geologiques, before 1876. When Cotteau et al. decided to publish the work privately, in 1876, they promised subscribers that they would revise these volumes after they had finished the Cretaceous volumes. Title pages with some library markings, in volume 6 a rather weak damp stain to the outer margin of a few leaves, a repaired tear, reaching the text in one leaf, and a small chip in the top margin of two leaves, otherwise a very good, complete set with all the plates clean. Rare, especially complete sets like this one. Nissen ZBI, 977. A fine, complete set of one of most important monographs on fossil Echinodermata