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First edition of Audubon's extraordinary coloured plates of quadrupeds

AUDUBON, John James. The viviparous quadrupeds of North America.
New York, John James Audubon, 1845-1848. 3 volumes. Large 1mo (70×55 cm). With 150 striking coloured plates, all lithographed on stone, printed and coloured by J.T. Bowen of Philadelphia, after drawings by after John James and John Woodhouse Audubon, and the backgrounds after Victor Audubon. Each volume also with a title-page and a list of contents. Late 19th-century black morocco. Full description
€ 600,000
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“to this day a major source of information about the land and peoples of Paraguay and Río de la Plata”

AZARA, Félix Manuel de. Voyages dans l'Amérique Méridionale, ... depuis 1781 jusqu'en 1801; contenant la description géographique, politique et civile du Paraguay et de la rivière de La Plata; ...
Paris, Dentu, 1809. 8vo (4 text volumes) and folio (1 atlas volume). With 3 folding tables and 25 engraved maps, plans, views and plates of animals and birds. Modern black half calf, gold-tooled spine. LX, 389; [4], 388-562; [4], II, 479; [4], 380 pp. Full description
€ 12,500
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First edition of a richly illustrated account of Surinam

BENOIT, Pierre Jacques. Voyage a Surinam. Description des possessions néerlandaises dans la Guyane.
Brussels, De Wasme & Laurent (back of half-title: Imprimerie de Societé des Beaux-Arts), 1839. Folio (47.5 x 31 cm). With a lithographed frontispiece, a small wood-engraved illustration on the title-page, and 99 tinted lithographed illustrations on 49 plates. Contemporary half black morocco, black cloth sides, gold-tooled spine. [4], 1-69, [3], 75-76, [2] pp. Full description
€ 2,750
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First German/Latin edition of Catesbys influential "Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands", richly illustrated and hand-coloured

CATESBY, Mark, Nicolaus Friederich EISENBERGER and Georg LICHTENSTEGER. Piscium serpentum insectorum aliorumque nonnullorum animalium nec non plantarum quarundam imagines ... | Die Abbildungen verschiedener Fische, Schlangen, Insecten, einiger andern Thiere, und Pflanzen...
Nürnberg, Johann Joseph Fleischmann, 1750. Folio. With 42 hand-coloured copperplate engravings (34.5 x 25 cm). Early nineteenth-century period-style half leather binding with marbled boards, title in gold-tooling to board in gilt lettering. [2], 42, [84] pp. Full description
€ 29,500
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First Dutch translation of the first description of Greenland and its natural history,
the Inuit culture, seal hunting and whale fishery

EGEDE, Hans Poulsen. Beschryving van oud-Groenland of eigentlyk van de zoogenaamde Straat Davis: behelzende deszelfs natuurlyke historie, standsgelegenheid, gedaante, grensscheidingen, veld-gewassen, dieren, vogelen, visschen, enz. mitsgaders den oirsprong en voortgang der aeloude Noorweegsche volkplantingen in dat gewest; benevens den aart, inborst, wooningen, levenswyze, kleding, spraak, bygelovigheid, dichtkunst, uitspanningen en tydverdryven der hedendaagsche inboorlingen.
Delft, Reinier Boitet, 1746. 4to. With an engraved folding map of Greenland (printed for this edition by Boitet) and 10 engraved plates with full-page views of whales and seals, whale fishery and seal hunting, the Inuits and their cultural habits and houses and (in the first plate) flowers. With the title-page printed in red and black and with some woodcut initials and tailpieces. Contemporary vellum, manuscript title on spine. [24], 192 pp. Full description
€ 2,950
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Second, much enlarged edition of the book that greatly encouraged the study of mollusks in the United States

GOULD, Augustus Addison. Report on the invertebrata of Massachusetts, published agreeably to an order of the legislature. Second edition, comprising the mollusca. Edited by W.G. Binney.
Boston, Wright and Potter, state printers, 1870. Large 8vo. With 12 full-page chromolithographed plates, numbered XVI-XXVII, containing figures 214-349, after the drawings by B.F. Nutting, Mary Peart, Fanny van Horn, S. Morse, J. Burckhardt, and Alex. Agassiz. Original publishers green buckram over thick boards. V, [2], 524 pp. Full description
€ 200
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Important account of a journey through North America

KALM, Peter. Travels into North America.
London, T. Lowndes, 1772. 2 volumes. 8vo. With a large folding map (ca. 57×76.5 cm) of northeastern America depicting New England, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Maryland, and parts of Virginia and Canada; an engraved view, and 5 plates of birds and mammals. Polished, tan calf (ca. 1800), with gold-tooled spine and board edges. [2], XII, 414; IV, 423, [8]. Full description
€ 1,750
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