Bosc's attractive five-volume edition of the malacology of "Buffon"

Bosc, L. A. G.

Histoire naturelle des coquilles contenant leur description, leurs moeurs des animaux qui les habitent et leurs usages. Avec figures dessinées d'apres nature. Tome premier - II - III - IV - V. [Complete].

Published 1802
Item ID 75318

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Paris, Deterville, an X [1802]. Five parts in five. 12mo (12.4 x 8.3 cm). Five titles and half-titles, 1501 pp. [343; 330; 292; 280; 256]; one folded table, " tableau des vers", and 44 [1; 2-12,15; 13-14, 16-28; 29-36; 37-44] engraved plates after Desève. Contemporary uniform half calf over marbled boards; gilt title and ornamental lines on spines. Green speckled endpapers.

Rare first edition of a work by the French malacologist Louis Auguste Guillaume Bosc d’Antic (1759-1828). It was conceived as a continuation of Buffon. It deals with "Coquilles": largely molluscs, and a few brachiopods and foraminifers. Two more editions (in 1824 and 1836) were printed. These are slightly more common. All plates are present. All have a page reference, but not all are inserted in numerical order. Plate 2 is erroneously numbered 4. Nissen missed plates 13-15, which are present here. On the titles an old, small round private owner's stamp "Classenske Bogsamling" (i.e., the library of the Danish-Norwegian major-general, and industrialist Johan Frederik Classen [1725-1792], which contained more than 20,000 volumes); stamp of the American malacologist Richard Irwin Johnson (1925-2020) in the top margin of the half-titles. Some rubbing to the spines and boards. Small damp-stain to the lower margin and gutter of the title of the first volume and several leaves in Volume III, somewhat more extensive in the first and last few leaves. Otherwise a very good, clean copy. Caprotti II, p. 10 [174]; Nissen ZBI, 476.

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