Dictionnaire pittoresque d'histoire naturelle et des phénomènes de la nature, contenant l'histoire des animaux, des végétaux, des minéraux, des météores, des principaux phénomènes physiques et des curiosités naturelles, avec des détails sur l'emploi des productions des trois règnes dans les usages de la vie, les arts et métiers et les manifactures. rédigé par une société de naturalistes, sous la direction de M. F. E. Guérin. Tome I-IX. [Complete].
Item ID 70896
Paris, "Bureau de Souscription" [F. E. Guérin-Ménéville], 1833-1839. Nine volumes in nine. 4to (28.3 x 18.3 cm). Text and 720 plates of which 718 hand-coloured. Uniform contemporary green morocco over marbled boards. Spines with four raised, blind-tooled bands, compartments with gilt triple borders and title. Marbled endpapers, sprinkled edges. Renownded for its rich, charming, accurate, inspiring plates. A very rare complete set of the coloured edition, although two plates (46 and 712) are inadvertently left uncoloured. A few plates placed out of sequence, but all plates present. This seems to be a rather rare condition, usually a few plates are missing in any set. All major groups of animals and plants are treated, but shells are much more prominent than one would expect. Some shelf wear, perhaps a few sporadic spots; several plates age-toned as usual or with some light offsetting. A few text sections age-toned but in general a much cleaner than the average copy. A few text leaves with a skilfully repaired tear. Otherwise a very good, attractively bound set. Nissen ZBI, 4616. A rarely seen complete set with all 720 plates