A catalogue of the Portland Museum, lately the property of the Duchess Dowager of Portland, deceased: which will be sold by auction, by Mr. Skinner and Co. On Monday the 24th of April, 1786, and the thirty-seven following days, at twelve o'clock, Sundays, and the 5th of June (the day his majesty's birth-day is kept) excepted; at her late dwelling-house, in Privy-Garden, Whitehall. By order of the acting executrix. [AND] A marked catalogue containing the lots, what each respectively sold for, and the names of the purchasers of the four thousand two hundred and sixty-three lots which constituted the Portland Museum; late the property of the Duchess Dowager of Portland, deceased. Which was sold by auction by Mr. Skinner and Co. and the thirty-eight following days. Enabling every connoisseur to know among whom these valuable curiosities are distributed, and the sum which every lot produced.
London, Skinner, 1786 [AND] London, Kearsley, Walker, Sewell, Flexney, Robson and Egerton, 1786. Two works in one. 4to (25.0 x 20.2 cm). "Wunderkammer" frontispiece; title page, viii, 3-194 pp.; Title page, 5-44 pp. Mid-20th-century dark blue buckram with gilt title on the spine.Read more
The mineral conchology of Great Britain; or coloured figures and description of those remains of testaceous animals or shells, which have been preserved at various times and depths in the Earth. Volumes I - II.
London, J. Sowerby, 1812-1818. Two volumes in two. 8vo (23.2 x 15.5 cm). 482 pp. [I: 234, x; II: 235, iii]. 205 hand-coloured engravings (eight larger, folded), numbered 1-203, A (between 184 and 185). Number 33 used twice; no. 177 also numbered 173[bis]. Contemporary half calf over marbled boards. Spines with gilt ornamental bands, blind-tooled compartments and two black morocco labels with gilt title. Green endpapers. Edges speckled red.Read more
Bourguignat, J. R.
Malacologie de l'Algérie, ou histoire naturelle des animaux mollusques terrestres et fluviatiles, recueillis jusqu'à ce jour dans nos possessions du Nord de l'Afrique.
Paris, Challamel ainé, 1863-1864. In two volumes. Folio (36.9 x 28.0 cm; board size 38 x 30 cm). 686 pp. [xii, 294; 380]; 58 [32; 26] lithographed plates of which ten fully or partly hand-coloured, several heightened with gum arabic; five maps of which four hand-coloured. 20th-century black buckram. Spines with gilt-bordered red leather label with gilt title. Speckled edges. Original printed wrappers bound in.Read more
Cuvier, G. [L. C. F. D.]
Le Regne animal distribué d'apres son organisation, pour servir de base a l'histoire naturelle des animaux et d'introduction a l'anatomie comparée. Avec figures, dessinées d'après nature.
Paris, Deterville, 1817. Four volumes in four. 8vo (21.0 x 13.4 cm). pp. [I ; II; III; IV: viii, 255]; 15 engraved plates. Uniform contemporary full mottled calf. Spines rich gilt with floral vignettes and ornamental, straight and stippled bands; two red morocco labels with gilt title. Boards with elaborate gilt borders. Edges gilt-lined; gilt inner dentelles. Marbled endpapers. Marbled edges.Read more
Hanley, S. [C. T.] and W. Theobald
Conchologia Indica: illustrations of the land and freshwater shells of British India.
London, L. Reeve, -1876. 4to (27.2 x 20.8 cm). xviii, 65 pp.; 160 hand-coloured, lithographed plates. 20th-century dark green buckram. Gilt title on the spine.Read more
Bourguignat, J. R.
Mollusques nouveaux, litigieux ou peu connus. Centuries 1-12. [All Published].
Paris, Savy, 1863-1870. Two volumes in one. Thick 8vo (23.4 x 17.5 cm). Half-title, title page, 12 decade titles, 379 pp. [324; 55]; nine text figures (mounted), 49 [45; 4] lithographed plates of which four (plates 7, 22, 29, and 34) finely hand-coloured. Near contemporary half calf over marbled boards. Spine with gilt lines and title. Marbled endpapers. Edges speckled red.Read more
Cox, J. C.
A monograph of the Australian land shells. Illustrated by XVIII plates.
Sydney, William Maddock, 1868. 8vo (23.3 x 15.8 cm). v, 111 pp.; 20 originally hand-coloured lithographed plates, heightened with gum arabic, tissue-guarded, and with explanatory text leaves. Later burgundy buckram with gilt title on the spine.Read more
Essais de paléoconchologie comparée. I - XIII. [Complete].
Paris, privately published, 1895-1925. 13 parts in seven. Large 8vo (26.3 x 16.7 cm). 3,296 pp.; 624 text engravings, 119 plates. Uniform contemporary half morocco over marbled boards. Spines with five gilt-lined, raised bands; and gilt title.Read more
Atlas ichthyologique des Indes Orientales Néêrlandaises. Publié sous les auspices du gouvernement colonial Néêrlandais. IV. Murènes, synbranches, leptocéphales.
Amsterdam, Fredrik Muller, 1862. Folio (45.9 x 33.2 cm). 132 pp.; 49 large, superbly chromo-lithographed plates. Contemporary half linen over grained boards with original printed front wrapper mounted on the front board.Read more
Illustrations of the fossil conchology of Great Britain and Ireland, with descriptions and localities of all the species.
London, Smith, Elder, -1849. Large 4to (31.3 x 25.1 cm). vii, 274 pp.; 117 originally hand-coloured engraved plates. [numbered, in Roman numerals, 1-98, 3*, 20*, 20**, 21*, 29*, 33*, 37*, 52*, 53*, 54*, 55*, 56*, 61*, 61**, 61***, 66*, 66**, 72*, 74*]. Contemporary, probably publisher's, half morocco over double gilt-bordered marbled boards. Spine with five raised, gilt-ornamented bands; compartments rich gilt with conchological vignettes and floral borders, and gilt title. Top edge gilt.Read more