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Beetles of Madagascar, with 54 engraved plates depicting numerous species

ALLUAUD, Charles and Philippe Alexandre Jules KÜNCKEL D'HERCULAIS. Histoire physique, naturelle et politique de Madagascar. ... Volume XXI [-XXII] Histoire naturelle des Coléoptères. ... Liste des insectes coléoptères de la région Malgache.
Paris, Imprimerie Nationale, 1887-1900. 2 volumes. Large 4to (30 x 21.5 cm). With 54 engraved plates, some partly printed in colour. Later black half cloth. 509, [1] pp. Full description
€ 950
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An expedition to the South African interior: "of great permanent worth", together with a description of the Cape of Good Hope

[BRINK, Carel Frederik]. Nouvelle description du Cap de Bonne-Espérance, avec un Journal historique d'un voyage de terre, . . . , dans l'intérieur de l'Afrique. . . . Sous le commandement du Capitain Mr. Henri Hop, . . .
Amsterdam, J.H. Schneider, 1778. 2 parts in 1 volume. 8vo. Title-page with an engraved vignette by Christian Friedrich Fritzsch and 16 folding engraved plates. Olive half calf (ca. 1840), gold-tooled spine. [6], 130, [2], 100 pp. Full description
€ 3,950
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Clusius’s important descriptions of exotic plants and animals

CLUSIUS, Carolus (Charles de l’ÉCLUSE). Exoticorum libri decem: quibus animalium, plantarum, aromatum.
[Leiden], Franciscus Raphelengius II (Plantin printing office), 1605. 3 parts containing 6 works in 1 edition. With a letterpress general title-page in an engraved architectural scrollwork border and more than 200 botanical and zoological woodcut illustrations in the text (including 1 full-page).
With: (2) CLUSIUS, Carolus. Curae posteriores.
[Leiden], Franciscus Raphelengius II (Plantin printing office), 1611. 2 parts in 1 edition. With a letterpress general title-page in an engraved architectural scrollwork border and 34 mostly botanical woodcut illustrations in the text. 2 editions in 1 volume. Folio. Portuguese black morocco (ca. 1850?), richly gold-tooled spine, gold-tooled boards, board edges and turn-ins (signed at the foot of the turn-in "M. Gomes"), gilt edges. [16], 378, [9], [1 blank], 52, [12], 242, [1], [1 blank]; [6], 71, [1 blank]; 24 pp. Full description
€ 15,000
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Classic description of Africa with ca. 100 maps, views etc.

DAPPER, Olfert. Naukeurige beschrijvinge der Afrikaensche Gewesten van Egypten, Barbaryen, Lybien, Biledulgerid... Den tweeden druk van veel fouten verbetert.
With: (2) DAPPER, Olfert. Naukeurige Beschrijvinge der Afrikaensche Eylanden: als Madagaskar, of Sant Laurens, Sant Thomee, d'Eilanden van Kanarien, Kaep de Verd, Malta, en andere: ... Met afteikeningen der eilanden, en verscheide afbeeldingen, &c.
Amsterdam, Jacob van Meurs, 1676. 2 parts in 1 volume. Folio (32.5 x 22 cm). With 2 title-pages, the first in red and black and each with a different woodcut vignette or device, engraved frontispiece, 15 engraved maps (14 double-page, 1 larger folding) 28 engraved plates (27 double-page and 1 larger folding), 55 half-page engravings in the text. Contemporary blind-tooled vellum. [6], 428, 349, [16]; [1], 121, [4] pp. Full description
€ 8,500
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Orchids of the French colonies, with 110 engraved plates

DU PETIT-THOUARS, Louis-Marie Aubert. Histoire particulière des plantes orchidées recueillies sur les trois iles australes d'Afrique, de France, de Bourbon et de Madagascar.
Paris, the author, Arthus Bertrand and Treuttel and Wurtz, 1822. 8vo. With 110 continuously numbered engraved illustrations of orchids and 2 folding tables. Modern blue cloth. VII, [1], 32 pp. (text). Full description
€ 4,750
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Botanical part of Ehrenberg's great "Symbolae physicae"

EHRENBERG, Christian Gottfried and Friedrich Wilhelm HEMPRICH. Symbolae physicae seu icones adhuc inedetae.
Berlin, Georg Reimer, 1900. Large folio. With 24 engraved and lithographed plates, 23 finely coloured by hand, printed in the second quarter of the 19th century, but issued here for the first time. Text and plates loose as issued in original printed grey portfolio. III, 65 pp. Full description
€ 1,250
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