Traité de Paléontologie où histoire naturelle des animaux fossiles considérés dans leurs rapports zoologiques et géologiques. [Text and atlas, complete].
Item ID 58467
Paris, Baillière, 1853-1857. Five parts in five. 8vo (four text parts; 20.7 x 12.7 cm) and 4to (atlas; 30.7 x 23.5 cm). 110 fine lithographed plates. Later uniform half calf over original green cloth (text volumes) or olive grained calf with gilt-patterned borders (atlas). Spines with uniform gilt-bordered raised bands and brown morocco labels with gilt title. Text parts with speckled edges, atlas with marbled edges and marbled endpapers. This is the revised and expanded second edition. A rare set with a complete atlas and all four text volumes. "Pictet treated palaeontology as an essential part of the studies of zoology, comparative anatomy and botany. He confined himself in his treatise to fossil animals and adhered a strict systematic order throughout his work, constantly keeping in view the characteristics of the corresponding living forms. At the same time the geological occurrence of the fossils is nowhere omitted" (Zittel). The quality of the engravings, by Lackenbauer, is superb. Many plates depict extinct mammals, reptiles, molluscs, and fish. Armorial bookplates of the same library on all front pastedowns. Library stamp on each title page. No other markings. Corners rubbed; some foxing, principally to the titles, much less so in the text and to several plates, however mostly only in the margins. In all, a very good set. Nissen ZBI, 3176a; Ward and Carozzi, 1778; Zittel, Geschichte der Geologie und Palaeontologie , p. 778. A rare, complete set of the second, improved edition