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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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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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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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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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Beautifully illustrated and hand coloured first edition of the natural history of Barbados,
from the library of Árpád Plesch

HUGHES, Griffith. The natural history of Barbados.
London, printed for the author, 1750. Royal 4to in 2s. With a large folding, hand coloured map of the island of Barbados and with 30 hand coloured, numbered engraved plates. The plates were engraved by Austen, G. Bickham and Mynde after the designs of G. Bickham and G. D. Ehret. The map and all engraved plates also show the coats of arms of the dedicatees of each individual illustration. With a small vignette on the title page, 5 large headpieces showing a prospect of Bridgetown in Barbados (including 3 hand coloured), numerous other engraved floral and ornamental head- and tailpieces, and ornate decorated initials (at least 4 series) throughout. Contemporary sprinkled calf with a gold-tooled double fillet frame on both boards and an elaborately gold-tooled spine with a gold-tooled red morocco title label, gold-tooled board edges, red edges. [1], [1 blank], [1], [1 blank], [12], VII, [1], "314" [= 318], [7], [1 blank], [11], [1 blank] pp. Full description
€ 32,500
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