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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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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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Most important 19th-century scientific expedition to South America, with nearly 500 plates, mostly hand-coloured

CASTELNAU, Francis de (botanical volumes by Hugh Algernon WEDDELL). Expédition dans les parties centrales de l'Amérique du Sud, de Rio de Janeiro a Lima, et de Lima au Para; exécutée par ordre du gouvernement Français pendant les années 1843 a 1847.
Paris, P. Bertrand, 1850-1859. 7 parts in 15 volumes. 8vo (6 vols.), 4to (7 vols.), folio (2 vols.). With 493 lithographed and tinted lithographed plates and maps, including 401 partly or completely hand-coloured. Later rust-red half morocco. With 493 lithographed and tinted lithographed plates and maps, including 401 partly or completely hand-coloured. Full description
€ 135,000
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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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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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Epoch-making study of snake venoms

FONTANA, Felice. Traité sur le vénin de la vipere sur les poisons Americains sur le laurier-cerise et sur quelques autres poisons végétaux. On y a joint des observations sur la structure primitive du corps animal. Différentes expériences sur la reproduction des nerfs et la description d'un nouveau canal de l'oeil.
Florence, (without publisher), 1781. 2 volumes. 4to. With 10 engraved plates. Contemporary half calf, gold-tooled spine. [2], XXVIII, 329, [1 blank]; XI, [1], 373, [1 blank] pp. Full description
€ 1,500
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A curious history of tobacco

[GAVELLI, Niccolo]. Storia distinta, e curiosa del tabacco concernente la sua scoperta, la introduzione in Europa, e la maniere di coltivarlo,...
Pesaro, Niccolo Gavelli, 1758. 8vo. With the title-page in first issue with "copiosa" (for "curiosa") corrected with a slip reading "cur" pasted over the first three letters. Contemporary gold-tooled calf. 84 pp. Full description
€ 1,500
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