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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
€ 650,000
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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. Full description
€ 16,500
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Richly illustrated account of Surinam

BENOIT, Pierre Jacques. Voyage a Surinam. Description des possessions Néerlandaises dans la Guyane.
Brussels, De Wasme et Laurent (back of half-title: Imprimerie de Societé des Beaux-Arts), 1839. Folio. With a tinted lithographed frontispiece, a small wood engraved illustration on the title-page, and 99 tinted lithographed illustrations on 49 plates. Contemporary black half morocco, gold- and blind-tooled spine. Full description
€ 2,750
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Richly illustrated account of Surinam, with the lithographs printed on China paper

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. With a lithographed frontispiece, a small wood-engraved illustration on the title-page, and 99 tinted lithographed illustrations on 49 plates. All the lithographs printed on China paper and mounted on blank leaves. Contemporary black half morocco, gold- and blind-tooled spine. Full description
€ 3,000
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Offprints on American ornithology, with 22 plates

[BIRDS - AMERICA]. [A collection of 24 offprints of ornithological articles covering Birds of North and South America].
Washington D.C., Ann Arbor, Michigan, Ottawa, Ontario; Paris; etc., 1880-1924. 8vo. With 22 plates (including 2 hand-coloured lithographs, 2 colour half-tones, 1 map printed in colour and 16 black & white half-tones) and 26 illustrations in the text. Contemporary dark green half sheepskin. Full description
€ 775
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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. 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. Full description
€ 15,000
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