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Rare album of exotic flora & fauna

AA, Pieter van der (compiler). Icones arborum, fruticum et herbarum exoticarum quarundam a Rajo, Mentzelio, aliisque botanophilis quidem descriptarum, ast non delineatarum. Ut et animalium peregrinorum rarissimorum, tam volatilium, quam quadrupedum ac aquatilium, in extremis oris et desertis Indiarum et aliis locis repertorum.
Leiden, Pieter van der Aa, [ca. 1720]. Oblong 4to (22.5 x 27 cm). With an engraved, illustrated title-page, letterpress dedication and note to the reader (the latter with a woodcut decorated initial) and 80 etched and engraved plates (9 folding).Contemporary half calf, paste-paper sides, gold-tooled spine. engr. title-page + [2] pp. plus 80 plates. Full description
€ 18,000
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Comprehensive 12th-century Arabic treatise on agriculture

ABU ZAKARIYA ibn al-AWWAM. Libro de agricultura. ... Tomo I[-II].
Including:
BROECK, Victor van den. Catecismo de agricultura.
VILLE, Georges. Abonos químicos conferencias agrícolas.
Seville, Biblioteca Científico Literaria; Madrid, Victoriano Suarez (colophon: printed by Salvador Acuña y Comp., Seville), 1878. 2 volumes. Imperial 16mo (18 x 11.5 cm). Later half turquoise sheepskin. 512; 552 pp. Full description
€ 1,750
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Invention of beet sugar manufacturing

ACHARD, Franz Carl. Die Europäische Zuckerfabrikation aus Runkelrüben, in verbindung mit der bereitung des Branntweins, des Rums, des Essigs und eines Caffee-Surrogats aus ihren abfällen, beschrieben und mit Kupfern erläutert durch ihren Urheber ... Drey Theile ... Neue verbesserte wohlfeilere Auflage.
Leipzig, J.C. Hinrichs, 1812. 3 parts in 1 volume. 8vo. With 10 folding engraved plates depicting the production of sugar from sugar beets. Contemporary marbled paper wrappers. XXVIII, 426, [2] pp. Full description
€ 875
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The book that opened America

ACOSTA, José de. Historie naturael ende morael van de Westersche Indien.
Enkhuizen, Jacob Lenaertsz. Meyn (colophon: Haarlem, printed by Gillis Rooman), 1598. 8vo. With a woodcut decoration on the title-page. Vellum (ca. 1700?). [7], 398, [8] ll. Full description
€ 7,500
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Practical illustrated description of microscopes and their use for studying insects, tissues, microbes etc.

ADAMS, George (Frederick KANMACHER, ed.). Essays on the microscope; containing a practical description of the most improved microscopes; a general history of insects, their transformations, peculiar habits and oeconomy: an account of the various species, and singular properties, ...The second edition, with considerable additions and improvements, ...
London, Dillon and Keating for W. and S. Jones, 1798. 1 text volume and 1 plates volume. Large 4to. With an allegorical mezzotint frontispiece in sepia in the text volume and 32 numbered double-page plates (numbered I-XXXII) mounted on guards, printed from 36 copper plates (plates 2, 7, 23 and 24 each from 2 copper plates distinguished as A and B) with hundreds of figures showing microscopes, associated equipment and microscopic views of insects, microbes, shells and tissue samples. Uniform 20th-century dark blue morocco. XVII, [7], 724, 14, 2 pp. Full description
€ 2,500
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Rare early edition of a popular book of botanical, mineralogical and zoological wonders, with a large woodcut of the author among his books

ALBERTUS MAGNUS (pseudo). Liber secretorum ... De virtutibus herbarum: & animalium quorundam. Eiusdemq[ue] liber De mirabilibus mundi: & etiam de quibusdam effectibus causatis a quibusdam animalibus &c.
(Colophon: Venice, Johan Baptist Sessa, 12 February 1502). Small 4to (21 x 15.5 cm). With a large woodcut portrait of the author at his desk. Gold-tooled maroon morocco (ca. 1870/90?) for James Carnegie, 9th Earl of Southesk (1827-1905), gilt edges. 16 ll. Full description
€ 12,500
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Fauna of the Indian Sea, with 98 illustrations

ALCOCK, Alfred William. A naturalist in Indian seas or, four years with the Royal Indian marine survey ship "Investigator".
London, John Murray (colophon: printed by Oliver and Boyd, Edinburgh), 1902. 8vo. With a photogravure frontispiece depicting the Investigator, a folding map and 98 illustrations on 58 plates. Contemporary black-blocked cloth; rebacked with brown board, modern endpapers. XXIV, 328 pp. Full description
€ 450
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Largest assembly of natural history illustrations published before the 18th century

ALDROVANDI (ALDOVANDUS), Ulisse. [Opera omnia].
Bologna, 1599-1668. 13 volumes. Folio (35 x 24 cm). With engraved title-page to each volume, engraved full-page portrait of Aldrovandi in 3 volumes and several thousand woodcut illustrations in text, mostly after designs by J. Ligozzi and many full-page. Blind-tooled vellum (ca. 1645 & ca. 1670), with a large centrepiece on each board (the 11 volumes dated 1599-1642 from a single block; the 2 volumes dated 1648 & 1667 from a different block), the spines uniformly gold-tooled in the 18th-century. Full description
€ 150,000
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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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Natural history of Switzerland with ca. 90 extra illustrations and a manuscript letter

ANDREAE, Johann Gerhard R. Briefe aus der Schweiz nach Hannover geschreiben, in dem Jare 1763. Zweiter Abdruk.
Zurich & Winterthur, Johann Casper Fussli the younger, 1776. 4to. With engraved map of Switzerland on the title-page, 10 engravings in the text, and 18 engraved plates (including 3 folding). Contemporary mottled calf, gold-tooled spine. XXII, "245"[=345], [3] pp. Full description
€ 12,500
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A manual for pharmacists and physicians by the author of ‘De brave Hendrik’: a proverbial best-seller

ANSLIJN, Nicolaas. Handleiding tot de kennis der artsenij-gewassen, welke in de Nederlandsche apotheek zijn opgenomen. Voornamelijk ingerigt ten behoeve van hen, die, zich der genees-, heel- of artsenij-mengkunde wijdende ... Met platen.
Leiden, D. du Mortier en Zoon, 1837. 8vo. With 10 folding lithographed plates after the authors designs (ca. 9.5 x 22 cm), each with 20 numbered figures showing medical plants, herbs and flowers, including detail figures.Boards covered with original publishers printed paper with the title in ornamental frame, and a short title on the spine. [2], 24, 456, [2] pp. Full description
€ 1,250
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Second edition (1 year after the first, both very rare) of a classic on falconry and hawking by King Henri IV’s falconer

ARCUSSIA, Charles d'. La fauconnerie ... Divisee en trois livres. Avec une briefve instruction pour traitter les autours, sur la fin de l'oeuvre, ...
Paris, Jean Houzé, 1599. 8vo. With Houzé's woodcut device, 6 full-page engravings of birds of prey (12.5 x 8.5 cm) plus 3 (of 5) repeats and all on integral leaves. Red goatskin morocco, signed in the foot of the front turn-in by M[arcel] GODILLOT (active as bookbinder 1938-1975), with wide gold-tooled turn-ins and gold fillets on board edge. 272, [8] pp. Full description
€ 18,000
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Illustrated work on ranunculi, with 6 hand-coloured engraved plates

ARDÈNE, Jean Paul Rome de. Tractat von den Ranunkeln worinnen nebst andern physischen Wahrnehmungen auch zum Feldbau und zur Gärtnerey gehörige nützliche Anmerkungen vorkommen. Aus dem Französischen übersetzt von D.G.L.H.
Nuremberg, Gabriel Nicolaus Raspe, 1754. 8vo. With the title-page and the engraved frontispiece printed in red, and 6 folding engraved plates coloured by a contemporary hand. Later grey paper boards. [14], 460, [20] pp. Full description
€ 1,750
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Manual on ranunculi

ARDÈNE, Jean Paul Rome de. Traité des renoncules, qui contient, outre ce qui regarde ces fleurs, beaucoup d'observations physiques & de remarques utiles, soit pour l'agriculture, soit pour le jardinage. Troisième édition.
Avignon, Louis Chambeau, 1763. 12mo. With 6 folding engraved plates. Contemporary mottled calf, richly gold-tooled spine. [6], 16, 342 pp. Full description
€ 475
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Two rare works on tulips and hyacinths, with 4 engraved plates

ARDÈNE, Jean Paul de Rome d'. Traité des tulipes, qui non-seulement réunit tout ce qu'on avoit précédemment écrit de raisonnable, mais est augmenté de quantité de remarques nouvelles sur l'éducation de cette belle fleur.
With: (2) ARDÈNE, Jean Paul de Rome d'. Traité sur la connoissance et la culture des jacintes, ... Avignon, Louis Chambeau, 1765. 2 works in 1 volume. 12mo. Each work with 2 folding engraved plates. Contemporary mottled sheepskin, sewn on 5 supports, richly gold-tooled spine with title, red edges. 252, [4]; 156 pp. Full description
€ 2,750
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Italian florilegium, only copy known with 65 plates printed in up to 6 colours

ARENA, Filippo. La natura, e coltura de' fiori fisicamente esposta.
Palermo, Angelo Felicella, 1767-1768. 2 text volumes (4to), bound as 3, and 1 plates volume (oblong folio). With 65 engraved plates printed in colour, occasionally combining up to 6 colours on one plate. The first plate (here wholly printed in dark green) serves as an (allegorical) frontispiece and includes the name of the author and that of Mario Cammerari, the second plate depicts tools, seeds and details of flowers, the third plate contains parterre designs and the other plates depict flowers (several to each plate). Modern flexible boards, covered with decorated paper. VIII, 440; VIII, “116” [= 416]; [2], 167, [1 blank], [8] pp. plus 65 plates. Full description
€ 85,000
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Rare classic of Elizabethan horsemanship

ASTLEY, John. The art of riding, set foorth in a breefe treatise, with a due interpretation out of certeine places alledged out of Xenophon, and Gryson ...
London, Henry Denham, 1584. 4to. Gold-tooled red morocco (ca. 1890) by Riviere & son; rebacked, with the original backstrip laid down. [8], 79, [1] pp. Full description
€ 28,000
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First life-size facsimile of the greatest bird book of all time: binder’s copy, with the copper plates for its lettering

AUDUBON, John James. The Birds of America.
New York & Amsterdam, Johnson Reprint Corp. & Theatrum Orbis Terrarum (i.e. Nico Israel), 1971-1972. 4 volumes. Double-elephant folio (100 x 65.5 cm). With 435 plates containing 1065 life-size figures of North American birds. Finely bound in three-quarter calf. [14]; [10]; [10]; [14] pp. plus 435 plates. Full description
€ 59,500
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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. LX, 389; [4], 388-562; [4], II, 479; [4], 380 pp. Full description
€ 16,500
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Two important works on Henri Bakers microscope and its use, translated into Dutch
complete with all plates and uniformly bound in richly gold-tooled calf

BAKER, Henri. Het microscoop gemakkelyk gemaakt of beschryving van de beste en nieuwste microscoopen, en van der zelver behandeling. Als mede een berigt van de verbaazende ontdekkingen gedaan met de vergrootglazen. ... Tweede druk. Amsterdam. Isaak Tirion, 1760. With 14 full-page plates on folding leaves and 1 folding table.
With: (2) BAKER, Henri. Nuttig gebruik van het mikroskoop, of handleiding tot nieuwe waarneemingen omtrent de configuratiën en krystallen der zouten ... Waar by komt de beschouwing van veele te vooren onbekende water-diertjes en andere insekten ...
Amsterdam, F. Houttuyn, 1756. With 18 engraved folding plates. 8vo. 2 volumes. Mottled calf, green marbled edges. [20], 300, [16]; [16], 498, [14] pp. Full description
€ 1,500
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Expanded Dutch edition of Baker's classic on the microscope

BAKER, Henry. Het mikroskoop gemakkelyk gemaakt, of gemeenzaame beschryving, van allerley werktuigen, die men gebruikt om zeer kleine diertjes ... te beschouwen; ... Vervolgd met een berigt van de verbaazende ontdekkingen die door middel van vergrootglazen gedaan zyn: ... Bij deezen derden druk thans nagezien, verrykt met aantekenigen en vermeerderd met een aanhangzel, ... door Martinus Houttuyn.
Amsterdam, heirs of F. Houttuyn, 1778. 8vo. With 28 folding engraved plates. Contemporary tanned half sheepskin. 36, 496, [16] pp. Full description
€ 1,275
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87 beautiful views of bovine animals, bound for presentation to the French Ministry of Agriculture

BAUDEMENT, Émile. Les races bovines. Études zootechniques.
Paris, Imprimerie Nationale, [1864]. 2 volumes (text & plates). Oblong folio (36 x 49.5 cm). With 5 hand coloured maps and 87 numbered plates. Contemporary red half morocco, gold-tooled spine, gold-blocked boards with the note "offert par le Minstre de l'Agriculture", gilt edges. [6], LXXIV, [2]; [4], [10] pp. Full description
€ 2,950
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Milestone in the development of botany, describing over 5000 plants, more than half illustrated, from the library of Haskell F. Norman

BAUHIN, Jean and Jean Henri CHERLER. Historia plantarum universalis.
Yverdon, 1650-1651. 3 volumes. Folio. With 3 engraved and 3 letterpress title-pages and 3577 woodcut illustrations in text. The first engraved title-page contains the portraits of the great botanists, with the portraits of Bauhin and Cherler below. Contemporary blind-tooled vellum. [10], 239[=236], 241-406, 409-469[=468], 471-601, [1 blank], 130, 133-440, 9, [3 blank]; [10], 398, [14], 399-1074[=1072], [12]; [10], 212; 882, [2 blank], 12 pp. Full description
€ 13,500
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Important work on landscape gardening

BECKER, Wilhelm Gottlieb (editor). Der plauische Grund bei Dresden, mit Hinsicht auf Naturgeschichte und schöne Gartenkunst.
Nuremberg, Frauenholzischen Kunsthandlung, 1799. 2 parts in 1 volume. Folio. With an engraved folding plan, and 24 engraved plates, including 8 hand-coloured. Early 19th-century green half morocco. XII, 128; [4], 120 pp. Full description
€ 3,500
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First edition of one of the most important natural history books of the Renaissance

BELON, Pierre. L'Histoire de la nature des oyseaux, avec leurs descriptions, & naifs portaicts retirez du naturel: escrite en sept livres.
Paris, Guillaume Cavellat (colophon: printed by Benoit Prévost), 1555. 7 parts in 1 volume. Folio. With a woodcut portrait on the back of the title-page (apparently of the dedicatee King Henri II, though copied in other books as a portrait of the author), large woodcuts of the skeletons of a man and a bird on pp. 40-41, plus 158 woodcuts (157 birds, 1 bat) in text. Contemporary blind- and gold-tooled calf (rebacked, with the original backstrip laid down). [28], 381, [1], [2 blank] pp. Full description
€ 29,500
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Belon's account of his extensive travels in the Levant, one of the earliest Plantin editions

BELON, Pierre. Les observations de plusieurs singularitez et choses memorables, trouvees en Grece, Asie, Indée, Egypte, Arabie & autres pays estranges.
Antwerp, Christoffel Plantin, 1555. 8vo. With Plantin's early woodcut device on title-page, a double-page woodcut map (31.5 x 35 cm) showing Mount Sinai, and 45 woodcut illustrations in text (including a portrait of the author). 18th-century gold-tooled calf, richly gold-tooled spine. [8], 375, [33] ll. Full description
€ 5,800
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Belon's account of his extensive travels in the Levant, with 44 woodcut illustrations

BELON, Pierre. Les observations de plusieurs singularitez et choses memorables, trouvées en Grece, Asie, Judée, Egypte, Arabie et autres pays estranges.
Paris, Guillaume Cavellat (colophon: printed by Benoist Prévost for Gilles Corozet, Guillaume Cavellat), 1555. 3 parts in 1 volume. 4to. With title in woodcut border with Cavellet's device and initials at the foot, each part-title with Cavellet's woodcut device, 1 folding woodcut map (31.5 x 35 cm) showing Mount Sinai, 44 woodcuts in the text (including a portrait of the author by Geoffroy Tory), and numerous fine decorated initials. Overlapping vellum (ca. 1600?). [12], 212, [1] ll. Full description
€ 12,500
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First Latin edition, printed by Plantin, of Belon's illutrated oriental travel account, with 43 woodcuts

BELON, Pierre. Plurimarum singularium & memorabilium rerum in Graecia, Asia, Aegypto, Judaea, Arabia, aliisq. exteris provinciis ab ipso conspectarum observationes, tribus libris expressae.
(2) BELON, Pierre. De neglecta stirpium cultura, atque earum cognitione libellus: edocens qua ratione silvestres arbores cicurari & mitescere queant. Antwerp, Christoffel Plantin, 1589. 2 works in 1 volume. 8vo. With Plantins woodcut compasses device on each title-page, 43 woodcuts in text (6 full-page), woodcut decorated initials. With an unrecorded 2-page corrigenda leaf. Contemporary overlapping limp vellum. [16], 495, [1 blank]; "78" [= 87], [1 blank], [2] pp. Full description
€ 4,750
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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. [4], 1-69, [3], 75-76, [2] pp. Full description
€ 2,750
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Depicting 1315 beetles and larvae, the majority coloured by hand

BERGE, Karl Friedrich Wilhelm. Käferbuch. Allgemeine und specielle Naturgeschichte der Käfer, mit vorzüglicher Rücksicht auf die europäischen Gattungen. Nebst der Anweisung, sie zu sammeln, zuzubereiten und aufzubewahren.
Stuttgart, Hoffmann, 1844. 4to. With 36 lithographed plates (34 handcoloured) and a few wood-engraved illustrations in text. Original publisher's printed paper wrappers. 268 pp. Full description
€ 395
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Mushrooms in and around La Rochelle, France, with 56 plates

BERNARD, Georges Eugène. Champignons observés à la Rochelle et dans les environs.
Paris, Mareschal and Martin (text); Germer Ballière et compagnie (atlas), 1882. 2 volumes (text & atlas). 8vo. Atlas volume with 56 lithographed plates (7 partly hand-coloured). Contemporary half cloth, with the original publisher's printed paper wrappers bound in. 434, [1], [1 blank]; IV pp. Full description
€ 1,500
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Dried samples of 23 varieties of mushroom collected in France 1862-1912

[HERBARIUM - MUSHROOMS]. BERTILLON, [Louis-Adolphe] & F[rançois]. [Herbier de champignons].
[Paris and Maison-Laffitte], 1862-1912. 4to & folded folio leaves in a 4to portfolio (23 x 18 cm). A mushroom herbarium comprising samples of 23 varieties of mushroom, each mounted on paper, with manuscript notes and an occasional pencil drawing, the two earliest mounted and written on a pre-printed form. Loosely inserted in a contemporary half green cloth portfolio. [26] ll., the 2 folio ll. folded in half. Full description
€ 1,500
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Attractively illustrated and popular medical work

BEVERWIJCK, Johan van and Jacob CATS. Wercken der genees-konste.
Amsterdam, (widow of) Jan Jacobsz. Schipper, 1672. 3 volumes bound as 1. 4to. With engraved frontispiece, 28 engravings in volume one, 29 engravings in volume two (including one on the title-page) and 20 engravings (including one on the title-page) plus 1 woodcut in volume three. Contemporary vellum. [18], 252; [8], 127, [1], 328, 48; [8], “278”[=276], [12] pp. Full description
€ 1,250
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Well-illustrated historical and regional study of Dutch gardens

BIENFAIT, Anna G. Oude Hollandsche tuinen... Met medewerking van Marg. Kossmann en een voorwoord van Prof.dr. J.Q. van Regteren Altena.
The Hague, M. Nijhoff, 1943. Text (8vo) and atlas (obling folio) volume. With the title-pages printed in green and black, 3 plates and 4 illustrations in text; atlas with 317 plates showing 372 illustrations. Original publisher's decorated green cloth. XII, 301, [1]; XV, [1] pp. Full description
€ 375
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12 pharmaceutical plant illustrations

BILLBERG, Gustaf Johan. Ekonomisk botanik, för landtbruk, trädgårdar och apotek.
Stockholm, Carl Delen, 1815-1816. 6mo[!] (24 x 14 cm). 2 parts. With title-page and 12 plates, engraved by Ruckman and coloured by a contemporary hand. Each part in the original publisher's printed paper wrappers. [3], 12 ll. text Full description
€ 1,850
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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. [ca. 400 pp. in total]. Full description
€ 775
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A work on canaries and a work on parrots bound together

[BIRDS - CANARIES]. L'art de multiplier les serins, de les élever, de les instruire et de les guérir des maladies auxquelles ils sont sujets.
Paris, Baudouin brothers (back of half-title: imprimerie de Plassan), 1828. With a hand-coloured engraved frontispiece.
With: (2) MICHEL. Les perroquets, leur education physique et morale: ouvrage dans lequel on établit des moyens pour les guérir de leurs maladies.Paris, Audot (back of half-title: imprimerie de Fain), 1829. 2 works in 1 volume. 12mo (13 x 8 cm). Contemporary tree calf, gold-tooled spine. [4], 104; [4], 146, [1], [1 blank] pp. Full description
€ 550
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First general systematic treatise on comparative anatomy

BLASIUS, Gerard. Anatome animalium, terrestrium variorum, volatilium, aquatilium, serpentum, insectorum, ovorumque, structuram naturalem ex veterum, recentiorum, propriisque observationibus proponens, figuris variis illustrata.
Amsterdam, J. van Someren, 1681. 4to. With engraved frontispiece by Jan Luyken, and 60 numbered and 5 unnumbered engraved plates. Contemporary vellum. [8], 496 pp. Full description
€ 1,250
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Newly discovered fish in the waters of Mauritius

BLEEKER, Pieter. Contribution à la faune ichthyologique de l'île Maurice.
Amsterdam, C.G. van der Post, 1878. Large 4to (28.5 x 23.5 cm). With 3 chromolithographed plates (1 folding) by L. Speigler after drawings by Bleeker, lithographed by Emrik & Binger. Original publisher's printed stiff paper wrappers. [1], [1 blank], 23, [1 blank] pp. Full description
€ 300
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Fishes from Japan

BLEEKER, Pieter. Enumération des espèces de poissons actuellement connues du japon et description de trois espèces inédites. [Published as nat. verh. der kon. akad. v. wet., part XVIII].
Amsterdam, C.G. v.d. Post, 1879. 4to. With 3 lithographed plates. Original publisher's stiff printed wrappers. [1], 33 pp. Full description
€ 450
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Detailed descriptions of orchids from Dutch East Indies and Japan, with 70 plates

BLUME, Karl Ludwig. Collection des orchidées les plus remarquables de l'Archipel Indien et du Japon.
Amsterdam, C.G. Sulpke (back of title-page: printed by A.W/ Sythoff, Leiden), 1858[-1859]. Large folio (44.5 x 29 cm). With hand-coloured lithographed frontispiece and 70 lithographed plates (numbered 1-66, 9b, 9c, 9d and 12b, including 1 double-page plate), 56 hand-coloured. Contemporary brown half sheepskin, decorated paper (embossed flower pattern) sides. [8], VI, 190 pp. Full description
€ 17,500
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Essays on coral, volcanoes, botany, fossils and more, with 16 engraved plates

BOCCONE, Paolo. Natuurkundige naspeuringen op proef- en waerneemingen gegrond. ... Groey der planten, ... wonderbare versteeningen van verscheide lighamen; de wording van het corael, de star-steenen, de mynstoffige bezoar en het verschil van deeze met de dierlijke, de versteenden vis-tanden, ammon-hoorn, schelpen, enz.
The Hague, Johannes de Cros, 1745. 8vo. With an engraved frontispiece, an engraved ornament on the title-page and 16 engraved plates (including 2 folding). Contemporary red half roan. [8], 293, [3]. Full description
€ 400
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Third edition of commentaries on one of the key works by the central figure of European medicine

BOERHAAVE, Herman. Praxis medica, sive commentarium in aphorismos Hermanni Boerhaave de cognoscendoid & curandis morbis. Pars 1-5. Editio tertia, aucta, & accuratissima.London [= Amsterdam?], sumtibus societatis, 1738. 5 volumes bound as 3. Each title-page with a woodcut vignette and a border built up from typographic ornaments. With an engraved oval portrait of Boerhaave as added as frontispiece, pasted to the first fly-leaf.
With: (2) Herman BOERHAAVE. Historia plantarum. quae in Horto Academico Lugduni Batavorum crescent cum earum charecteribus[!], & medicinalibus virtutibus desumptis ex ore ... Hermanni Boerhaave ... Collectis atque in lucem editis ab ***. Pars 1-2. Editio novissima, aucta ...12mo. Contemporary calf, gold-tooled spine. [8], 648, [12]; [2], 400, [6]; [2], 458, [2]; [2], 326, [6]; [2], 382, [10] pp; [4], 408, [2], 409-696, [30] pp. Full description
€ 1,100
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Seven revised ornithological offprints by Napoleon's nephew

BONAPARTE, Charles Lucien. [Collection of revised ornithological offprints from Comptes rendus].
Paris, Mallet-Bachelier, 1855-1856. 4to. 7 parts in 1 volume. With a collective title-page for several of the offprints: Tableaux paralléliques des oiseaux praecoces ou autophages. Gallinacés, échassiers, palmipèdes et rudipennes (Paris, 1856) and all first leaves of the quires signed with a "B", indicating a revised offprint. Modern half morocco.

Including:
Coup d'oeil sur l'ordre des pigeons. Paris, 1855.
Tableaux synoptiques de l'ordre des hérons. Paris, 1855.
Catalogue des genres et sous-genres d'oiseaux contenus dans le Muséum Brittanique. Paris, 1855.
Note sur les oiseaux des Iles Marquises, et particulièrement sur le genre nouveau Serresius. Paris, 1855.
Tableaux paralléliques de l'ordre des gallinacés. Paris, 1856.
Excursions dans les divers musées d'Allemagne, de Hollande et de Belgique, et tableaux paralléliques de l'ordre des échassiers. Paris, 1856.
Ornithologie fossile servant d'introduction au tableau comparatif des ineptes et des autruches. Paris, 1856. Full description
€ 3,500
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Monumental 12-volume flora, with 721 coloured plates

BONNIER, Gaston. Flore complète, illustrée en couleurs, de France, Suisse et Belgique (comprenant la plupart des plantes d'Europe).
Paris, Librairie Générale de l'Enseignement; Neuchatel, Delachaux & Niestlé; Brussels, Lebègue, [1912-1935]. 120 instalments plus index (forming 12 volumes). 4to. With 721 coloured plates. All instalments in their original wrappers and stored in three modern grey cloth clamshell boxes. Full description
€ 675
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Important 1639 handbook for the medical use of animals and animal products

BOSSCHE, Willem vanden. Historia medica, in qua libris IV. Animalium natura, et eorum medica utilitas exactè & luculenter tractantur. Cum iconibus eorum, ad vivum delineatis.
Brussels, Jan Mommaert II, 1639. 4to. With woodcut device on title-page, a different woodcut of the same device on final page, 77 woodcut illustrations plus 3 repeats (4 signed "I.C.I." for Jan Christoffel Jegher). Contemporary sheepskin parchment over flexible boards. [16], “422” [= 434], [20], [2 blank] pp. Full description
€ 3,250
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A series of 44 gouache drawings of carnations

[MANUSCRIPT - DRAWINGS - BOTANICAL]. Unicolour, bicolour and tricolour carnations].
[The Netherlands or England?, ca. 1790?]. Imperial 16mo (16 x 11.5 cm). With a series of 44 gouache drawings on laid paper, each showing a single carnation on a black flower-shaped background, in three series, designated with letters and numbers. Mid-19th-century half tanned sheepskin. A-G, I-XX, 1-17 ll. Full description
€ 5,800
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First modern treatise on oceanography, and a challenge to Machiavelli: rulers must be moral

BOTERO, Giovanni. Aggiunte fatte ... alla sua ragion di stato ove si tratta dell... con una relatione del mare.
Including:
2 [part 1]) Delleccellenze de gli antichi capitani libri due. ...
3 [part 4]) Dellagilita della forze del prencipe libri due. ...
4 [part 3]) Della riputatione del prencipe libri due. ...
5 [part 2]) Discorso della neutralita [del prencipe] ...
6 [part 5]) Discroso[!] intorno alla fortificatione ...
7 [part 6]) Relationi del mare ...
Rome, Giorgio Ferrari, 1598. A preliminary part and 6 text parts in one volume. 4to. With a general title-page and 6 part-titles. Set in an italic type (cut by Robert Granjon) with incidental roman. Sheepskin parchment (ca. 1700?). [22], [2 blank]; 72; 46, [2 blank]; 31, [1 blank]; 15, [1 blank]; 14, [2 blank]; 31, [1 blank] pp. Full description
€ 8,250
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The first western account of khat

BOTTA, Paul-Émile. Relation dun voyage dans lYemen, entrepris en 1837 pour le Museum dHistoire Naturelle de Paris.
Paris, Benjamin Duprat (printed by Dondey-Dupré), 1841. Contemporary half calf, marbled sides, gold-tooled spine with red label, red edges. 157 pp. Full description
€ 4,000
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The avifauna of Dauphiné, with 72 lithographed plates on china paper

BOUTEILLE, Hippolyte and M. de LABATIE. Ornithologie du Dauphiné ou description des oiseaux observés dans les départements de l'Isère, de la Drome, des Hautes-Alpes et les contrées voisines.
Grenoble, for the author and "les principaux libraires de la ville", by F. Allier, 1843[-1844]. 2 volumes bound as 1. Royal 8vo (27 x 18.5 cm). With 72 mounted lithographed plates by C. Pégeron after Victor Desirée Cassien, printed on china paper, and a large folding table. Contemporary half calf, gold-tooled spine. 416; 358, [2 blank] pp. Full description
€ 2,750
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The avifauna of Dauphiné, with 72 lithographed plates

BOUTEILLE, Hippolyte and M. de LABATIE. Ornithologie du Dauphiné ou description des oiseaux observés dans les départements de l'Isère, de la Drome, des Hautes-Alpes et les contrées voisines.
Grenoble, for the author and "les principaux libraires de la ville", by F. Allier, 1843[-1844]. 2 volumes. 8vo. With 72 lithographed plates by C. Pégeron after Victor Desirée Cassien, and a large folding table. Contemporary half sheepskin, gold-tooled spine. 416; 358, [2 blank] pp. Full description
€ 900
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The botany, geology and geography of Madeira, edited and illustrated by a pioneering female naturalist and annotated by Cuvier and Von Humboldt

BOWDICH, Thomas Edward, Sarah BOWDICH LEE (editor), George CUVIER and Alexander VON HUMBOLDT (annotators). Excursions dans les isles de Madère et de Porto-Santo, faites dans l'automne de 1827, pendant son troisième voyage en Afrique, ... Ouvrage traduite de l'Anglais et accompagné de notes de M. le Baron Cuvier et de M. le Baron de Humboldt.
Paris, F.G. Levrault, 1826. 2 volumes. 8vo (text) and 4to (plates). With 22 lithographed plates (3 double-page and 4 hand-coloured), most of them drawn and lithographed by Sarah Bowdich. Modern half morocco; the text volume with the original publisher's wrappers bound in. [1], [1 blank], [1], [1 blank], 447 pp. Full description
€ 2,500
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Rare early (5th?) edition of a popular work on angling, printed by Baskerville’s unofficial successor

BOWLKER, Charles. The art of angling; or, compleat fly-fisher. Describing the different kinds of fish, their haunts, places of feeding, and retirement; with an account of the generation of fishes, and observations on the breeding of carp. Together with directions how to regulate pools or ponds. Also the various kinds of baits, and the great diversity of flies that nature produces. To which are added, directions for making artificial flies.
Birmingham, Miles Swinney, 1788. 12mo. XI, 218, [2] pp. Full description
€ 450
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The productive and profitable aspects of the natural world

BRADLEY, Richard. Wysgeerige verhandeling van de werken der natuure. Waar in verscheide trapswyze opklimmingen, in de byzondere deelen der scheppinge, als mynstoffen, plantgewassen en dieren aangetoond worden. Hier by is gevoegd een berigt van den tegenwoordigen staat der tuinen, zoo van Groot-Brittanien, als van gansch Europa. Als meede nieuwe ondervindingen ter verbetering van onvrugtbaare gronden, en aankweeking van houtgewas, vrugtboomen, wyngaarden, zalaade, peulvrugten en alle soorten van graanen: benevens eenige aanmerkingen over den landbouw der Vlaamingen in het zaayen van vlas. ... Na den tweeden druk uit het Engelsch vertaald.
Amsterdam, Isaak Tirion, 1744. 8vo. With title-page printed in red and black with woodcut vignette, and 29 engraved folding plates (numbered I-XVII and XX-XXXI: there were no plates XVIII or XIX), each showing several botanical and zoological illustrations. Contemporary vellum. [8], "330" [= 320] pp. Full description
€ 975
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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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The Great Barrier reef

[BRITISH MUSEUM - NATURAL HISTORY]. Great Barrier Reef Expedition 1928-29. Scientific Reports.
London, British Museum, 1930-1939. Volumes 1-6/2 (54 parts). 4to. With ca. 200 plates. Original cloth and wrappers. Full description
€ 1,500
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Voluminous study on Mollusca with 136 plates

BRONN, Heinrich Georg and Wilhelm KEFERSTEIN. Die Klassen und Ordnungen der Weichthiere (Malacozoa), wissenschaftlich dargestellt in Wort und Bild.
Leipzig & Heidelberg, Winter, 1862-1866. 2 volumes. Large 8vo (24.5 x 17 cm). With 136 lithographed plates and 136 wood engraved illustrations in text. Contemporary brown half sheepskin, gold-tooled spines. 1500 pp. Full description
€ 400
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60 attractive coloured plates to promote the cultivation of fruit trees in Great Britain

BROOKSHAW, George. Pomona Britannica or a collection of the most esteemed fruits at present cultivated in Great Britain.
London, printed by Bensley and son for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme & Brown, and John Lepard, [1816-]1817. 2 volumes bound as 1. Large 4to (37 x 29 cm). With 60 stipple engravings, printed in colour a la poupée and finished in colour by hand, with each plate accompanied by 1 or 2 leaves with letterpress descriptions. Contemporary brown half sheepskin; recased. XII, 4; [4], [4] pp. + plates with accompanying text leaves Full description
€ 14,000
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Medical properties of wood avens

BUCHHAVE, Rudolph. Observationes circa radicis gei urbani, sive caryophyllatae vires in febribus, praecipue intermittentibus aliisque morbis.
Copenhagen, Thiele, 1781. 8vo. With engraved folding plate of the Geum Urbanum. Contemporary half calf. 146, [2] pp. Full description
€ 450
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Complete first series (humans, mammalian quadrupeds, apes) of first edition of Buffon's seminal work

BUFFON, Georges Louis Leclerc.

Histoire naturelle, générale et particuliére, avec la description du cabinet du Roi.
Paris, Imprimerie Royale, 1749-1767. 15 volumes. 4to. With engraved frontispiece portrait of Buffon, 19 engraved headpieces (with animals and putti), 2 folding maps ("Carte de l'ancien continent" and "Cart du nouveau continent"), 579 engraved plates (full-page and folding, including 1 unnumbered and 1 bis). Contemporary uniform mottled calf, gold-tooled spine and board edges.

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€ 5,000
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The first German edition of a classic zoological work

[BUFFON, Georges Louis Leclerc, Comte de, and Louis J.M. DAUBENTON]. Allgemeine Historie der Natur nach allen ihren besondern Theilen abgehandelt; nebst einer Beschreibung der Naturalienkammer Sr. Majestät des Königes von Frankreich. Mit einer Vorrede Herrn Doctor Albrecht von Haller.
Hamburg and Leipzig, Georg Christian Grund and Adam Heinrich Holle, 1750-1772. 8 (of 11) volumes (divided into two parts each). 4to. With engraved vignette on 16 title-pages, engraved headpiece to the dedication, engraved headpieces to each part, 2 engraved maps, folding engraved genealogical table, 1 folding letterpress table and 575 engraved plates. Contemporary vellum (not strictly matching). Each vol. ca. 650 pp. Full description
€ 6,950
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The complete supplement volumes to Buffon's seminal work, including his new theory on the earth

BUFFON, Georges Louis Leclerc. Histoire naturelle, générale et particuliére . . . Supplément [Tome premier - septième].
Paris, Imprimerie Royale, 1774-1782 (vols. 1-6); Dordrecht, A. Blussé and son, 1799 (vol. 7). 7 volumes. 4to. With 2 folding engraved maps and 218 plates (full-page and folding and including 2 bis), all engraved. Contemporary mottled calf, gold-tooled spine and board edges (vols. 1-6, uniform), 19th-century half calf, gold-tooled spine (vol. 7). Full description
€ 2,250
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Interesting combination: a description of the hippopotamus and research on decapitated snails

BUFFON, Georges Louis Leclerc, Comte de. De natuurlyke historie, van den hippopotamus of het rivierpaard. ... Verrykt met eene afbeelding van dit wonderlyk dier; nauwkeurig getekend ...
Amsterdam, J.H. Schneider, 1775. With an engraved plate of a hippopotamus by Barent de Bakker after Andreas Andriesen.
With: (2) SCHÄFFER, Jacob Christian. Proeven op de slakken. ... Met zeven naar het leeven gekleurde plaaten. Uit het Hoogduitsch vertaalt.
The Hague, Isaac du Mee, 1776. With 7 numbered, hand-coloured engraved plates by Gerard Sibelius after drawings by Adriaan Schregardus. 2 works in 1 volume. 4to. Contemporary half calf, gold-tooled spine. 24; VI, 7-52 pp. Full description
€ 3,250
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Complete fourth series (reptiles & amphibians) of Buffon's seminal work

[BUFFON, Georges Louis Leclerc and] Bernard Germain Étienne de la Ville-sur-Illon, comte de LACÉPÈDE. Histoire naturelle des quadrupèdes ovipares et des serpens [= Histoire naturelle, vols. XXXVII-XXXVIII].
Dordrecht, A. Blussé and son, 1799. 2 volumes. 4to. With 63 engraved plates. 19th-century uniform half calf, gold-tooled spines. 10, 276, [2]; 14, "280" [= 284] pp. Full description
€ 2,500
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Introduction to Buffon's "Histoire naturelle"

BUFFON, Georges Louis Leclerc, Comte de, and René-Richard Louis CASTEL. Histoire naturelle de Buffon, classée par ordres, genres et espèces, d'après le systême du Linné; avec les caractères génériques et la nomenclature Linnéenne.
Paris, Crapelet, An VII (1799). 3 volumes. 12mo. With a hand-coloured engraved portrait of Buffon in the first part. Contemporary half calf. XXVII, 332; [4], 319; [4], 387 pp. Full description
€ 250
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Buffon for children, coloured by hand

[BUFFON, Georges Louis Leclerc, Comte de]. De kleine Buffon, of natuurlijke historie der dieren, ten dienste der jeugd. Eerste [- vierde] deeltje.
Dordrecht, J. Zender, [ca. 1830]. 4 volumes. Oblong 16mo (9 x 11 cm). With engraved frontispiece in the first volume, and 32 illustrations of animals on 8 engraved plates, 2 in each volume, all coloured by hand. Original publisher's yellow printed paper wrappers. Each volume 64 pp. Full description
€ 1,250
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Fossils from the Brussels region, with 32 coloured plates

BURTIN, François-Xavier. Oryctographie de Bruxelles ou description des fossiles tant naturels qu'accidentels découverts jusqu'à ce jour dans les environs de cette ville.
[Brussels], Le Maire, 1784. Folio (46 x 28 cm). With engraved title-page by Pris after M.J. Speeckaert, and 32 engraved plates printed in brown and coloured by a contemporary hand. 19th-century half sheepskin (roan). [2], 152 pp. Full description
€ 6,000
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Famous Dutch anatomist on the conflicting demands of family life, academic career and scientific pursuits

[AUTOGRAPH]. CAMPER, Petrus. [Autograph letter, signed, to Reinier Arrenberg].
Groningen, 2 February 1773. 4to. Brown ink on laid paper, addressed on the outside and with an armorial red wax seal.
With: (2) [PORTRAIT]. [PUJOS, André]. P. Camper, ...
[Paris, André Pujos, 1786]. 4to. Mezzotint portrait on laid paper. [1], [1 blank, except for the address]; [1] ll. Full description
€ 4,750
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Comparative anatomy with detailed plates

CAMPER, Petrus Oeuvres de Pierre Camper, qui ont pour objet l'histoire naturelle, la physiologie et l'anatomie comparée.
Paris, Jansen and Bertrand; Bordeaux, Melon, 1803. 3 text volumes (8vo) and 1 plate volume (folio). With stipple-engraved author's portrait by B. Roger and 34 numbered engraved plates with anatomical illustrations of animals by Picquenot and Vinkeles after Camper, including an orangutan and an elephant. Text volumes bound in contemporary mottled calf with richly gold-tooled spines, and the plates volume in contemporary half calf with green marbled sides. CIII, [1], 391, [1] ; 502, [1]; 501, [1]; [2] pp. Full description
€ 2,000
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Well-illustrated and comprehensive study of the orchids of Europe and the Mediterranean, one of the few copies with the second part of the atlas coloured

CAMUS, Edmond Gustave and Aimée Antoinette CAMUS. Iconographie des orchidées d'Europe et du Bassin Méditerranéen.
Paris, Paul Lechevalier (colophon: printed by Jouve et Cie (part 1), Winter, Heidelberg (part 2)), 1821-1929. 2 text parts (4to, bound in one volume) and an atlas (folio). With a photographical frontispiece portrait in the text volume and 133 lithographed plates, including 120 coloured by hand. Contemporary brown half morocco. 559, [1]; 72 pp. Full description
€ 1,950
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108 original watercolour drawings of orchids in large folio format presented by the author to his daughter Aimée

CAMUS, Edmond Gustave. Iconographie des orchidées des environs de Paris.
[Paris,] 1885.
With:
(2) CAMUS, Edmond Gustave. Iconographie des orchidées de France.
[Paris,] 1891.
(3) CAMUS, Edmond Gustave. Orchidées....
[Without place and date].
(4) CAMUS, Edmond Gustave. Iconographie des orchidées des environs de Paris. - Texte.
Paris, Paindebled, 1885. 4 volumes bound as 2. Drawings volumes large folio (48 x 33 cm) and text volume folio (38.5 x 26 cm). With 3 calligraphed title-pages (drawings volumes) and 1 photogravure title-page (text volume, with the calligraphic dedication Camuss hand-written text reproduced in the same manner), 108 original watercolour drawings of orchids, exquisitely coloured, finished with gum arabic and signed by the author, photograph of author pasted onto leaf preceding title-page. Uniformly bound in blue half morocco. Full description
€ 48,500
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With 42 original watercolour drawings of orchids. One of 12 sets produced

CAMUS, Edmond Gustave. Iconographie des orchidées des environs de Paris.
Paris, Paindebled, 1885. 2 volumes. Royal folio (atlas volume: 48 x 31 cm) and folio (text volume: 39.5 x 27 cm). With 42 original watercolour drawings, highlighted with gum arabic, each signed by the author. They are numbered 1-40, with a "duplicate" no. 25 and an unnumbered drawing not normally included in the series. The photogravure text volume with calligraphic wrapper-title and dedication, and text reproduced from manuscript (mostly from the author's autograph). The atlas volume with the watercolours mounted on heavy paper in the original green cloth portfolio. 30 ll. + wrapper-title and 42 drawings. Full description
€ 12,500
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2 unpublished botanical manuscripts, with illustrations and descriptions of 30 flowering plants and 90 trees and shrubs

CARRIÉRE, Jan Ph. Herbarium van bloemen en planten. 1ste deel.
[Watergraafsmeer, ca. 1884]. 1 volume. Small folio (22.5×20.5 cm). With 30 drawings of flowers in watercolour and ink, each with a description in Dutch on a separate leaf. The whole preceded by a title-page, a table of contents (1 page), and an introduction (2 pages). Contemporary black cloth, rebacked, modern endpapers.
With: (2) CARRIÉRE, Jan Ph. Herbarium van naar de natuurgeteekende bladeren, "afdeeling boomgewassen". [Title volume 2:] Herbarium van boombladeren.
Watergraafsmeer, 1884. 3 volumes. Small folio (22.5×20.5 cm). With 90 drawings of tree leaves in watercolour and ink, with a description in Dutch on a separate leaf. The first two volumes each with a title-page, a table of contents (1 page) and an introduction (1 page), and the third volume without preliminaries. Contemporary blue (vols. 1-2) and black (vol. 3) half cloth. The third volume rebacked with original backstrip laid down. Full description
€ 5,500
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60 lovely illustrated poisonous plants and fungi

[CASTELLIZ, Anton August and others]. Naturgeschichte der Giftpflanzen, die in der oesterreichischen Pharmakopie officinäl sind. Mit einem Anhang von den noch über dieß in den andern deutschen Officinen vorgeschriebenen oder sonst vorzüglich kennenswürdigen Giftpflanzen und Giftschwämmen. Für Ärzte, Arzneybereiter und zur Vermeidung des schädlichen Vergreifens im allgemeinen Leben.
Vienna, Reilly, 1807. 8vo. With 60 hand-coloured engraved plates. Contemporary paste-paper boards. 211, [1 blank], [9], [3 blank] pp. Full description
€ 1,500
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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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Nomenclator of molluscs, interleaves with contemporary annotations

CATLOW, Agnes and Lovell REEVE. The conchologist's nomenclator. A catalogue of all the recent species of shells, included under the subkingdom 'Mollusca', with their authorities, synonymes, and references to works where figured or described.
London, Reeve brothers, 1845. 8vo. With a taxonomical table as frontispiece. Modern purple half morocco. VIII, 326 pp. Full description
€ 375
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Coloured Austrian cattle

[COLOUR-PLATE BOOK - CATTLE]. Abbildungen österreichischer Rindvieh-Racen.
Vienna, Kaiserliche Konigliche Hof-und Staatsdruckerei, 1859. With 27 numbered chromo-lithographed plates. Oblong folio text volume (34×46 cm) in original cloth-backed lithographed wrappers, the plates (each 33.5×45.5 cm) loose as issued, preserved together in the original gold- and blind-stamped blue cloth box (36.5×50 cm). XII, 24 pp. Full description
€ 8,500
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Two of the finest 17th-century Dutch gardening books

CAUSÉ, Hendrik. De koninglycke hovenier aanwyzende de middelen om boomen, bloemen en kruyden te zaayen, planten, aen queeken en voort teelen.
Amsterdam, Marcus Doornick, [1676]. With engraved title-page and 31 engraved plates, including 2 bird's-eye views of a French and a Dutch royal garden, 5 plates with two pomological illustrations each, 8 plates with two illustrations of flowers each and 16 plates with a total of 32 garden designs.
With: (2) COMMELIN, Jan. Nederlantze Hesperides, dat is, oeffening en gebruik van de limoen- en oranje-boomen, gestelt na den aardt, en climaat der Nederlanden.
Amsterdam, Marcus Doornick, 1676. With engraved title-page and 26 engraved plates showing flowers, fruits and orangeries. 2 works in 1 volume. Folio (35 x 23 cm). Contemporary vellum, recased. Full description
€ 15,000
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Anthrax in the 18th-century

CHABERT, Philibert. Traité du charbon ou anthrax dans les animaux.
Paris, Imprimerie Royale, 1782. 8vo. With woodcut crowned French royal coat of arms on title-page and a woodcut headpiece (signed "B."). 19th-century(?) half tanned, mottled sheepskin. 109, [1 blank] pp. Full description
€ 1,250
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Detailed early description of Newfoundland and Labrador

CHAPPELL, Edward. Voyage of His Majesty's ship Rosamond to Newfoundland and the southern coast of Labrador of which countries no account has been published by any British traveller since the reign of Queen Elisabeth.
London, R. Wates for J. Mawman, 1818. 8vo. With an engraved frontispiece, a folding engraved map coloured in outline, 2 engraved plates and 5 engravings in the text. Contemporary diced calf; rebacked, with the original backstrip laid down. [10], XIX, [1], 270, [2] pp. Full description
€ 1,100
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Influential pharmacopoeia, choosing chemical pharmacy over Galenic pharmacy

CHARAS, Moyse. [Engraved title-page:] Pharmacopoea regia Galenice et chymica. [half-title]: Opera tribus tomis distincta: I. pharmacopoea regia galenica II. pharmacopoea regia chymica III. tractatus de theriaca & tractatus de vipera.
Comprising:
(1) CHARAS, Moyse. Pharmacopoea regia Galenica.(2) CHARAS, Moyse. Pharmacopoea regia chymica.(3) CHARAS, Moyse. Historiam naturalem animalium, plantarum et mineralium, theriacae andromachi compositionem ingredientium, cum experiments circa viperam
Geneva, Joannis Ludovici Du-Four, 1684. 3 works published as 1. 4to. With engraved general title-page, engraved author's portrait, 6 engraved plates and 3 engraved folding plates. Contemporary blind-tooled vellum. [11], [1 blank], 496; [8], 449[=451], [1 blank], [28]; [4], 275, [1 blank] pp. Full description
€ 8,500
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Texts of original documents concerning Charles VIII’s hunting and falconry 1485-1486: compiler’s presentation copy

CHARLES VIII, King of France, [compiled by Emmanuel Victor POURROY de l’Aubérivière, Comte de QUINSONAS]. Comptes de la venerie et fauconnerie du Roi Charles VIII. ... 1485-1486.
Lyon, printed by Louis Perrin [for the compiler], 1860. 8vo (24 x 16 cm). With the title-page in red and black with the coat of arms of the compiler, 4 chromolithographed plates showing 3 stained-glass portraits and an architectural elevation, all drawn by P. Giniz and lithographed in Paris by Engelmann & Graf, 2 double-page etched views drawn by J. de Montchalin & Le Bon de Maupetit and engraved by J. M. Fugère, and a lithographic facsimile of a letter written and signed by Margaret of Austria. Half grey-brown cloth (ca. 1900?), top edge gilt, with the publisher's printed paper wrappers bound in. VI, 22 pp. plus plates. Full description
€ 8,500
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17 delicate Chinese drawings in bright colours: 5 botanical, 8 zoological and 5 portraits

[CHINA - WATERCOLOURS]. [17 Chinese watercolours made for the export market].
[China, first half of the 19th century]. Collection of 17 Chinese watercolours on Asian paper with chain lines, including 3 of birds seated on a branch, 3 of ensembles of fruit and flowers and 5 of fishes (all ca. 30 x 37 .5 cm); 2 further watercolours, each showing 2 branches of flowers and trees in a drawn oval border (ca. 39 x 30 cm); and 4 watercolours of Chinese people posing with objects (ca. 25 x 21 cm). In a modern gold-tooled dark green morocco clam shell box, in contemporary style. Full description
€ 25,000
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Extensive compendium on medicinal plants

CHOMEL, Pierre-Jean-Baptiste. Abregé de l'histoire des plantes usuelles, dans lequel on donne leurs noms différens, tant François que Latins.Including: Catalogus plantarum officinalium, secumdum earum facultates dispositus.
Paris, sons of Nyon, 1738. 3 volumes. 8vo. Contemporary tanned sheepskin, gold-tooled spines. XLVIII, [36], 350; [6], 349-830, [10]; [18], 214, [4], 116 pp. Full description
€ 400
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18th-century Dutch general encyclopedia of horticulture and agriculture, animal breeding
and the secrets of living to a great age

CHOMEL, Noël. Huishoudkundig handboek voor den stedeling en landman; of Chomel, huishoudelijk woordenboek verkort. In vier deelen.
Amsterdam, Johannes Allart, 1800-1803. 4 volumes. Large 8vo. With 24 hand-coloured engraved plates of different plants, herbs, mushrooms, flowers, trees and animals. All volumes bound in contemporary half goatskin with marbled sides, gold-tooled spine with an orange and blue morocco label. XII, 560; [4], 584; [4], 568; [4], 598 pp. Full description
€ 1,000
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1000 species of Hungarian spiders with 700 detail figures

CHYZER, Cornelius and Wladyslaw KULCZYNSKI. Araneae Hungariae secundum collectiones a Leone Becker pro parte perscrutatas ... Tomus I. [, II-di pars prior., II-di parts posterior.].
Budapest, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, 1891-1897. 2 volumes (vol. II in 2 parts) bound as 1. Royal 4to (30 x 23.5 cm). With 16 lithographed containing about 700 detail figures, nearly all combining line images and shading, and many in vol. I in duotone (grey and blue). Near contemporary green half cloth. [4], 168, [4]; [4], 151, [1]; [4], 147-366 pp. Full description
€ 1,750
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“The first serious flora of Austria-Hungary and the only one with illustrations for nearly 200 years”, from the library of Cardinal Richelieu

CLUSIUS, Carolus (Charles de l'ECLUSE). Rariorum aliquot stirpium, per Pannoniam, Austriam & vicinas quasdam provincias observatarum historia, quatuor libris expressa.
Antwerp, Christoffel Plantin, 1583. With 356 woodcuts plates of plants, a woodcut printer's vignette on title-page of the first work and a larger printer's device on the title-page of the second work.
With: (2) CLUSIUS, Carolus. Stirpium nomenclator Pannonicus.
Antwerp, Christoffel Plantin, 1584. 2 works in 1 volume. 8vo. Slightly later calf with gold tooled coat of arms of Cardinal Armand Jean du Plessis, Duke of Richelieu on spine and boards. [16], 766; [15], [1 blank] pp. Full description
€ 9,500
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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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Sixth edition of the conversation on bees and apiculture of Theodorus Clutius and Carolus Clusius

CLUTIUS, Theodorus (Dirk Outgaertsz CLUYT). Van de byen, haer wonderlijke oorspronk, natuur, eygenschap ... Item hoe men de byen profijtelijck opvoeden en regeeren sal. Noch: Wat nuttigheyt dat men van honnich en was kan krijgen ...Including: (2) Meesterye voor de paarden, om te weten alle de secreten, alsoo men die gebruyckt by den maerschalk des keysers ende eertz-hertogen keyser Carolus de vijfde. ...
Amsterdam, widow of Gysbert de Groot, 1705. 2 works in 1. 8vo. Modern vellum over boards. [12], 218, [22]; [42] pp. Full description
€ 1,800
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An excellent treatise on viniculture

COLLIGNON D'ANCY, Théodore. Nouveau mode de culture et d'echalassement de la vigne, applicable à tous les vignobles où l'on cultive les vignes basses.
Metz, printed by Dembour and Gangel for Warion, [1847]. 8vo. With woodcut vignette on the title-page, and 3 large folding plates, lithographed by Dembours and Gangel. Modern half morocco, preserving the original illustrated wrappers. VI, [2], 191, [1 blank] pp. Full description
€ 3,950
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One of the earliest herbals with etched plates

COLONNA, Fabio. [In Greek: Phytobasanos] sive plantarum aliquot historia in qua describuntur diversi generis plantae veriores, ac magis facie, viribúsque respondentes antiquorum Theophrasti, Dioscoridis Plinii, Galeni, aliorúmque delineationibus, ab aliis hucusque non animadversae. ... etiam piscium aliquot, plantarúmque novarum historia eodem auctore.
Naples, Horatio Salviani, Jacobus Carlino and Antonius Pace, 1592. 4to. With Salviani's woodcut device on title-page, 37 full-page etched botanical and ichthyological illustrations on integral leaves (8 x 13 cm), 33 of plants & 4 of fish and other marine species, each in a border built up from cast fleurons and rules. Gold-tooled brown calf (ca. 1700?). [16], 120, 32, [8] pp. Full description
€ 14,500
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First French book on peaches

[COMBLES, Jean de]. Traité de la culture des pêchers.
Paris, Delaguette and le Prieur, 1750. 12mo. With a woodcut illustration on the title-page and a headpiece, tailpiece and initial letter. Contemporary French calf, gold-tooled spine, marbled endpapers. XVI, 198, [2] pp. Full description
€ 450
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Scarce Dutch translation of a pamphlet on the mangel beet, with a hand-coloured folding plate

COMMERELL, Abbé de, John Coakley LETTSOM (transl.) and Jan Christiaan SEPP (transl.) Bericht wegens de aankweeking en het gebruik van den schaarsheid- of mangel-wortel.
Amsterdam, C.N. Guerin, 1789. 8vo. With 1 folding hand-coloured plate and a woodcut tailpiece of a fruit basket. 19th-century half cloth, Stormont marbled sides. [4], XII, 80 pp. Full description
€ 1,750
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Valuable contribution to the study of orchids, with ca. 1000 illustration on 30 colour plates

CONSTANTIN, Julien. Les orchidées cultivées. Comprenant de nombreux dessins en noir. Avec la description détaillée de toutes les espèces cultivées de toutes les variétés connues et avec l'enumération de tous les hybrides.
Paris, E. Orlhac, [1911-1913]. With numerous wood engraved illustrations in text.
With: (2) CONSTANTIN, Julien. Atlas des orchidées cultivées.
Paris, E. Orlhac, [1911-1913]. With ca. 1000 illustration on 30 colour printed plates. 2 works in 1 volume. Folio. Contemporary half sheepskin, with the wrappers of two instalments bound in. 88; 106 pp. Full description
€ 675
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Cordier’s mushrooms of France, together with the original drawings for its 60 plates

CORDIER, François-Simon. Les champignons de la France.
Paris, Jules Rothschild (back of half-title: printed by Adolphe Lainé), 1870. With a few wood engraved illustrations in text and 60 chromolithographic plates.
With: (2) Album of the 60 original drawings for "Les champignons de la France" by Aimée-Eugénie Delville-Cordier, in brown ink and coloured gouaches, numbered I-LX (renumbered in a different order when published), plus 1 unfinished unnumbered drawing not used for the book. Most drawings include several figures, giving in total about 300 figures showing about 110 species. Book: Large 8vo (28 x 18.5 cm) and drawings: Imperial oblong long 4to (25 x 35.5 cm). Contemporary half tanned sheepskin (book) and gray-brown paper wrappers (drawings). [31], [5 blank] pp. Full description
€ 5,000
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Richly illustrated work on orchids

COSTANTIN, Julien Noël. Atlas en couleurs des orchidées cultivées.
Paris, E. Orlhac, [1911-1926]. Folio. With ca. 1000 coloured figures on 30 chromo-lithographed plates. Contemporary half cloth, publisher's front wrapper laid down on front board. 106, [2] pp. Full description
€ 450
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Endosmosis in woody plants and trees, with 7 hand-coloured engraved plates

COTTA, Heinrich. Naturbeobachtungen über die Bewegung und Funktion des Saftes in den Gewächsen, mit vorzüglicher Hinsicht auf Holzpflanzen.
Weimar, Hoffmann, 1806. 4to. With a small engraved vignette on the title-page and 7 hand-coloured engraved plates (including frontispiece). Contemporary half calf. [1], [1 blank], XIV, [2], 96, [1], [1 blank] pp. Full description
€ 1,250
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First catalogue of what became the city and university botanical garden in Ghent

COURET-VILLENEUVE, Louis-Pierre. Hortus Gandavensis Centrali Academiae annexus, juxta Linnaei methodum dispositus; ... = [on the facing page:] Description de toutes les plantes qui se cultivent dans le jardin botanique de l'École Centrale du département de l'escaut, a Gand, ...
Including [COURET-VILLENEUVE, Louis-Pierre]. Liste des plantes levées dans le jardin, sur les couches et dans les serres, pendant l'impression de cet ouvrage. (Du 1.er Germinal an X au 1.er Prairial an XI.) Supplément.
Paris, Nicolas-Pierre, François-Laurent-Xavier & Louis-Charles Levrault, an X [= 1802, recté 1803]. 12mo. With an additional title-page on A1, with the same wording as the French title above, but with imprint: Ghent, A.B. Stéven, an X [= 1802], and a 2-page list of the author's publications between the half-title and title-pages. Contemporary half tanned sheepskin, gold-tooled spine. [29], [3 blank], 176, [7], [1 blank] pp. Full description
€ 1,000
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Dutch translation of pomological work, with 18 plates

CHRIST, Johann Ludwig and William FORSYTH. Fruitkundig woordenboek, behelzende all hetgeen betrekking heeft tot de kennis en het huishoudelijk gebruik der verschillende soorten van fruiten; tot het aankweeken, veredelen, snoeijen en behandelen van vruchtboomen; tot het aanleggen van broeibakken, trekkassen en oranjehuizen enz.
Amsterdam, Johannes Allart, 1805-1806. 2 volumes. 8vo. With 18 folding engraved plates. Contemporary stiff paper wrappers. [1], [1 blank], VIII, 483, [1]; [6], 517, [1 blank] pp. Full description
€ 950
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Very rare description of the author’s own botanical garden in Amsterdam

CUNO, Johann Christian, David Sigmund BÜTTNER and Friedrich WAGNER (transl.) Ode über seinen Garten: Nachmahls Besser. Amsterdam, Jacob Cornelis Schoots van Cappelle, 1750. 8vo. With a folding engraved allegorical title-plate, an engraved printers device on the title-page, an elaborate engraved coat-of-arms on the dedication page and 11 engraved plates (1 folding). Further numerous woodcut allegorical capitals. Contemporary calf. [34], 260 pp. Full description
€ 2,500
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"A landmark in the history of geology" (DSB)

CUVIER, Georges and Alexandre BRONGNIART. Description géologique des environs de Paris ... Nouvelle édition, dans laquelle on a inséré la description d'un grand nombre de lieux de l'Allemagne, de la Suisse, de l'Italie, etc., qui présentent des terrains analogues à ceux du bassin de Paris.
Paris and Amsterdam, G. Dufour and E. d'Ocagne, 1822. Large 4to (30 x 22.5 cm). With a folding hand-coloured engraved map, a folding engraved plate, and 16 lithographed plates (1 hand-coloured). Modern half morocco. [3], [1 blank], [1], [1 blank], VIII, 428 pp. Full description
€ 1,500
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Most extensive edition of a fundamental classic of vertebrate palaeontology with 280 illustrations

CUVIER, Georges. Recherches sur les ossemens fossiles, où l'on rétablit les caractères de plusieurs animaux dont les revolutions du globe ont détruit les espèces. Quatrième edition.
Paris, Edmond d'Ocagne, J.B. Bailière, F.G. Levrault, Crochard, Roret, 1834-1836. 10 text volumes (8vo) (volume 8 in 2 parts) and 2 atlas volumes (4to). With engraved author's portrait, 260 [=261] numbered (partly folded) engraved plates and 18 plates numbered A-F (no plate I), including 2 hand-coloured engraved maps (1 folded), 1 engraved cross-section of the terrain of Paris and 15 lithographed plates. Uniform contemporary green half morocco, gold-tooled spines. [4], XXIV, 587; [4], 500; [4], 432; [4], IV, 691; [4], 687, [1]; [4], 452; [4], 533, [1]; [4], 462, [1]; [4], 332; [4], 501, [1 blank], [1]; [4], 494, [1]; [4], 94; 106 pp. Full description
€ 3,750
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Four dissertations on entomology

DAHLBOM, Anders Gustav and others. Dispositio methodica specierum Scandinavicarum pertinentium ad familias insectorum hymenopterorum naturales ... Part. I [- IV].
Lund, Carl Gustav Berling, 1842. 4 parts. 8vo. A individual title-page to each part, a preface, and 8 folding letterpress pages with text. Disbound. 5 ll. + 8 ll. Full description
€ 375
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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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First Russian edition of Darwin's "Origin of species"

DARWIN, Charles. [In Cyrillic type:] O proischozhdenii vidov [= On the origin of species].
St. Petersburg, Alexander Illich Glazunov (printed by Glazunov), 1864. 8vo. With 1 lithographed plate showing Darwin's famous branching tree of life, and 4 pages of Glazunov's publisher's advertisements at the end, describing 25 publications. Set entirely in Cyrillic type. Modern half brown morocco, with the original publisher's printed back wrapper bound in. XIV, 399, [1 blank], 4 pp. Full description
€ 7,500
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Erasmus Darwin's Zoonomia in Portuguese

DARWIN, Erasmus. Resumo do systema de medicina, e traducção da materia medica do Doutor Erasmo Darwin, com varias notas por Henrique Xavier Baeta.
Lisbon, João Rodrigues Neves (sold by Pedro & Jorge Rei), 1806. Narrow 4to (20.5 x 14 cm). With 1 engraved plate. Contemporary half tanned sheepskin, gold-tooled spine with title label, marbled sides. [12], 408, [1], [3 blank] pp. Full description
€ 450
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Plants and dyes

DE BEUNIE, Joannes Baptista. Antwoord op de vraege welk zyn de profytelykste planten van dit land, ende welk is hun gebruyk zoo in de medicynen als in andere konsten.
With:
(2) DU RONDEAU, François. Mémoires sur la question: quelles sont les plantes les plus utiles des Pays-Bas, & que lest leur usage dans la medicine & dans les arts.
(3) DE BEUNIE, Joannes Baptista. Antwoord op de vraege welk is de beste ende onkostbaerste maniere van vlasse gaeren ende andere vegitabile stoffen swert te verwen, ...
Brussels, Antonius dOurs, 1772. 3 works in 1 volume. 4to. Modern blue paper wrappers. 70; 18; 30 pp. Full description
€ 1,500
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The animals and inhabitants of South Africa

DELEGORGUE, Adulphe. Voyage dans l'Afrique australe notamment dans le territoire de Natal dans celui des Cafres Amazoulous et Makatisses et jusqu'au tropique du Capricorne ...
Paris, (back of half-title: W. Remquet et compagnie), 1847. 2 volumes. 8vo. With a lithographed frontispiece showing the author, 8 lithographed plates and 2 folding lithographed maps. Contemporary black half morocco, richly gold-tooled spines. XVI, 580; [4], 622, [2] pp. Full description
€ 875
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Systematically arranged shells

DENYS DE MONTFORT, Pierre. Conchyliogie systématique et classification méthodique des coquilles; ...
Paris, F. Schoell, 1808-1810. 2 volumes. 8vo. With 261 woodcut illustrations of shells (most nearly full-page). Contemporary half calf, gold-tooled spine, red ribbon marker. LXXXVII, [1], 409, [1]; [4], 676 pp. Full description
€ 1,950
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Classic on garden design, with 34 illustration plates

[DÉZALLIER D'ARGENVILLE, Antonie Joseph], attrib. Alexandre LEBLOND. Neueröfnete Gärtner-Akademie oder: die Kunst Pracht- und Lust-Gärten sammt dererselben Auszierungen und Wasserwerken wohl anzulegen ... aus dem Französischen ins Deutsche übersetzet von Franz Anton Danreitter.
Augsburg, Johann Andreas Pfeffel, 1764. 8vo. With the title and imprint on a double-page spread, engraved plate facing dedication and 34 engraved plates (32 folding). Contemporary tanned, gold-tooled spine. [16], 368 pp. Full description
€ 1,650
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Popular work with many medicinal and household recipes, also including a chapter on magnetism

DIGBY, Kenelm, Nicolaus PAPINIUS and Athanasius KIRCHER. Theatrum sympateticum, ofte wonder toneel der natuurs verborgentheden. ... Benevens twee waardige vervolgen, van veele zeldsame antipathien en sympathien. Als mede, hoe dat de dieren, planten, metalen, &c. zonder zaad of voortteelinge konnen voort komen, ... Vierde druk.
Amsterdam, Nicolaas ten Hoorn, 1727. 8vo. With an engraved frontispiece by Jan Luyken. Contemporary vellum. [12], 528, [24] pp. Full description
€ 1,750
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First edition of Ruel's translation of a foundational work on pharmacology

DIOSCORIDES, Pedanius. De medicinali materia libri quinque. De virulentis animalibus, et venenis canerabioso, et eorum noti, ac remedijs libri quattuor.
(Colophon: Paris, Henri Estienne, 1516). Folio. With the title within a decorative metalcut( ?) panel. Set in roman types. Contemporary limp sheepskin parchment; rebacked in calf, with new endpapers, but preserving the original paste-downs. [12], 157, [2], [1 blank] ll. Full description
€ 18,000
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Fossils from the Triassic and Cretaceous period in Sussex

DIXON, Frederick. The geology and fossils of the tertiary and cretaceous formations of Sussex.
London, Richard and John Edward Taylor, 1850. Large 4to (32 x 24.5 cm). With a hand-coloured lithographed frontispiece and 44 lithographed and engraved plates (including 2 coloured by hand and 2 double-page). Contemporary green cloth, new endpapers. XVI, I-XVI, 422, [2] pp. Full description
€ 700
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One of the earliest accurately illustrated herbals, with about 320 beautiful woodcuts

DORSTEN, Theodor. Botanicon, continens herbarum, aliorumque simplicium, quorum usus in medicinis est, descriptiones, & iconas ad vivum effigiatas: ...
Frankfurt am Main, Christian Egenolff, (colophon: March 1540). Folio. With about 320 mostly botanical woodcuts in the text, about 70 woodcut decorated initials plus a few repeats, many cut by Sebald Beham. 16th-century sheepskin parchment (extensively reworked). [10], 306 ll. Full description
€ 25,000
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Beech trees and beech forests

DRALET, Étienne-François. Traité du hêtre et de son aménagement comparé a celui du chêne et des arbres résineux, ouvrage dans lequel on présente des vues sur l'économie générale du sol forestier de la France.
Toulouse, J.M. Douladoure; (back of half-title: Paris, Madame Huzard), 1824. 12mo. Slightly later dark green half sheepskin. 156 pp. Full description
€ 750
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Fine 17th-century flower drawings

[DRAWING - BOTANY]. [Various flowers. (On verso): a sketch of a grape branch with grapes and leaves].
[Netherlands, 17th century]. Drawings (48.8 x 28.9-29.2 cm). Black chalk drawings, occasionally heightened with white chalk, including some light brown watercolours, on grey 17th-century handmade paper without watermark. In manuscript 'Martagon' in brown ink. In lower right corner in manuscript the number "3" in ink. Framed. Full description
€ 7,500
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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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Rare school book on zoology with numerous wood-engraved illustrations

[DUTCH SOCIETY OF ARTS]. Klein natuurkundig museum. De dieren. Vogelen en insecten. Visschen en plantdieren.
The Hague, Nederlandsche Maatschappij van Schoone Kunsten, J.J. van Ryckevorsel, 1841. 4 parts in 1 volume. Small 4to. With numerous wood-engraved illustrations of animals in text, several full-page. Original half purple morocco. 64; 64; 64; 63, [1 blank] pp. Full description
€ 650
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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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Exquisitely produced work on falconry and horse riding, with many coloured illustrations

ES, N.J.A.P.H. van. De hippische sport en het korps rijdende artillerie 1793-1908 ... 1e gedeelte [valkerij]. 2e gedeelte [hippische sport].
Arnhem, Coers & Roest and G.J. Thieme, [1913]. 2 volumes. Large 4to (37.5 x 31 cm). With ca. 80 lithographed plates and numerous illustrations and decorations in text, many beautifully coloured by hand and some highlighted with silver and/or gold. Original publisher's gold-blocked blue cloth, with a coloured hooded hawk on front boards, upper edges gilt, other edges untrimmed. [16], 172, [18], [2 blank]; [14], 221, [1 blank], [17], [1 blank] pp. Full description
€ 18,000
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Extensive manual for rural living, including hunting, domestic economy,
raising cattle and gardening with about 61 woodcut illustrations

ESTIENNE, Charles & Jean LIEBAULT. L'Agriculture, et maison rustique ... avec un brief recueil des chasses du cerf, du sanglier, du lievre, du renard, du blereau, du connil, du loup, des oiseaux, & de la fauconnerie. Plus la fabricage et usage de la jauge, ou diapason, tres-neccessaire pour sçavoir iuger ce que tient un vaisseau, suivant la mesure de quel lieu, ville, ou pays que ce soit. Avec une instruction pour scavoir en quel temps, mois, lune & saison on doit semer & replanter selon le pays froid & chaud, pour faire advancer & retarder les semences, & toutes sortes de graines. Derniere édition.Including: CLAMORGAN, Jean. La chasse du loup, necessaire a la maison rustique. En laquelle est contenue la nature des loups, & la maniere de les prendre, tant par chiens, filets, pieges qu'autre instrumens.
Including (with a drop-title):
[Gervais de la COURT]. La fabrique de la jauge ou diapason.
Paris Nicolas de la Vigne, 1640. 3 works in 1 volume. Title-page in red and black, with about 61 woodcut illustrations on integral leaves: 2 full-page showing a cow and a horse, each with about 50 parts labelled in the hatched borders; 38 nearly full-page (21 with plans of gardens, including the "Trium-verd" orchard at the end; 3 views with surveying equipment; and 14 depicting wolf hunting in the Chasse du loup); and about 21 in the text (2 showing herbs, 10 showing distilling apparatus and about 9 line diagrams in La fabrique de la jauge).

Contemporary vellum, later endpapers. [16], 664; 64; 16 pp. Full description
€ 2,250
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First scientific study of the St. Pietersberg at Maastricht

FAUJAS DE SAINT-FOND, Barthélemy. Natuurlijke historie van den St. Pieters Berg bij Maastricht. ... Uit het Fransch door J.D. Pasteur.
Amsterdam, Johannes Allart, 1802. 8vo. With an engraved title-page with a small illustration by D. Vrijdag, a folding engraved map and folding engraved plan of the St. Pietersberg, and numerous illustrations of minerals and fossils on 52 folding engraved plates. Contemporary half calf, gold-tooled spine. VIII, [4], 340, [4] pp. Full description
€ 1,600
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25 beautiful ca. 1660 etchings depicting a cavalry battle, animals and landscapes, including 3 complete series

FLAMEN, Albert. [5 etched print series:]
1) Divers combats.
Series of 6 unnumbered prints including title-print.
2) Diverses especes d[']animaus faits apres nature.
Series of 7 unnumbered prints including title-print.
3) Veuës et païsages du Chasteau de Longuetoise et des environs.
6 unnumbered prints, including title-print, from a series of 12.
4) [Views near Paris].
Series of 4 numbered prints, published without title.
5) [Pastoral views].
Series(?) of 2 unnumbered prints without title.
Paris, [Jacques Lagniet (ads 1, 3), Jacques van Merlen (ad 4), unknown publisher (ads 2, 5)], [ca. 1660]. Small 4to (16.5 x 13 cm). Five series of small oblong folio etched views (16 x 21.5-23 cm; plate size: 10 x 17 to 12.5 x 21.5 cm), 3 complete, 1 incomplete and 1 documented only as separate prints. Each print folded to form a double leaf and mounted on a stub so that it can open flat. Gold-tooled, dark green goatskin morocco (ca. 1890). [6]; [7]; [6 of 12]; 4; [2] etched ll. Full description
€ 7,500
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First illustrated edition of a seminal cactus handbook

FÖRSTER, Carl Friedrich and Theodor RÜMPLER. Handbuch der Cacteenkunde in ihrem ganzen Umfange nach dem gegenwärtigen Stande der Wissenschaft bearbeitet und durch die seit 1846 begründeten Gattungen und neu eingeführten Arten vermehrt ... Zweite gänzlich umgearbeitete Auflage.
Leipzig, I.T. Wöller, 1886. 2 volumes bound as 1. 8vo. With 141 numbered wood-engraved illustrations in text. Contemporary half sheepskin; recased. XV, [1], 512, [2], 513-1029, [1] pp. Full description
€ 300
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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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Anatomy and behaviour of Swiss ants described: a milestone in myrmecology

FOREL, Auguste. Les fourmis de la Suisse, systématique, notices anatomiques et physiologiques, architecture, distribution géographique, nouvelles expériences et observations de moeurs.
Bale, Genève, Lyon, H. Georg, 1874. 4to. With 2 lithographed anatomical plates showing internal and external parts of several kinds of ants. Contemporary half morocco, marbled sides, title in gold on spine. [2], IV, 10, 452, [2], V, [1 blank] pp. Full description
€ 500
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Presentation copy, with more than 100 garden drawings & plans

FORESTIER, Jean-Claude-Nicolas. Jardins: carnet de plans et de dessins. Paris, Émile-Paul frères, 1920. Royal 4to (33 x 26.5 cm). With an engraved garden scene on the front wrapper and more than 100 drawings and plans printed from line blocks, many full-page. Black morocco presentation binding, gold-tooled, with the original publisher's wrappers. [120] ll. Full description
€ 475
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Suggesting new ways of managing the forests in Portugal

[FORESTRY - PORTUGAL]. Observações geraes sobre um novo plano de administração geral das matas do Reino: seguidas do modo pratico da sua criação, cultura, e augmento; e de tirar toda a conveniente vantagem d'estas preciosas propriedades do Estado. Por um empregado na Administração Geral das Matas.
Lisbon, Imprensa de Candido Antonio da Silva Carvalho, 1839. Small 4to (21 x 15.5 cm). With a small wood-engraved illustration on title-page. Sewn. 17, [1 blank], [2] pp. Full description
€ 750
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First edition of a seminal cactus handbook

FÖRSTER, Carl Friedrich. Handbuch der Cacteenkunde in ihrem ganzen Umfange, oder die erfolgreichsten, auf die neuesten Erfahrungen gegründeten Kulturangaben, sowie ausführliche und genaue Beschreibung und berichtigte Synonymik sämmtlicher bis jetzt bekannt gewordener Cacteen, und überhaupt alles in Bezug auf diese Pflanzenfamilie sonst nur Wissenswerthe.
Leipzig, I.T. Wöller, 1846. 8vo. With letterpress folding table. Contemporary half mottled sheepskin, gold-tooled spine. XII, 548 pp. Full description
€ 350
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Collected miscellaneous writings on Cook, New Holland, Tahiti, the breadfruit tree, etc.

FORSTER, Georg. Kleine Schriften. Ein Beytrag zur Völker- und Länderkunde, Naturgeschichte und Philosophie des Lebens.
Leipzig, Paul Gotthelf Kummer [volume 1]; Berlin, Vossische Buchhandlung [volumes 2-6], 1789-1797. 6 volumes. 8vo. With 2 folding engraved maps and 20 engraved plates (2 folding). Contemporary half calf, gold-tooled spines. [12], 464; [8], 380; [6], “362” [=378]; [8], 407; [8], 435, [3]; [8], 418 pp. Full description
€ 5,000
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Entomologists in the network of freemasons between American and the French Revolutions

FORSTER, Johann Reinhold. [Letter to an unnamed fellow freemason in Braunschweig, probably Ferdinand, Herzog von Braunschweig-Lünenburg or someone in his inner circle].
Halle (Saale), 9 August 1781. 4to. Autograph letter in German, signed, written in brown ink on laid paper in a clear German hand, with foreign words and names in a Latin hand. [4] pp. Full description
€ 12,500
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"The most interesting contribution made by France to the literature of angling"

[FORTIN, François]. Les ruses innocentes, dans lesquelles se voit comment on prend les oiseaux passagers, & les non passagers: & de plusieurs sortes de bêtes à quatre pieds. Avec les plus beaux secrets de la pêche dans les rivieres & dans les etangs. Et la maniere de faire tous les rets & filets qu'on peut s'imaginer. Ouvrage très curieux, utile & recreatif pour toetes personnes qui font leur selour à la campagne. Par F.F.F.R.D.G., dit le Solitaire inventif.
Amsterdam, Daniel de la Feuille, 1695. 5 parts in 1 volume. 8vo. With engraved title-page and 66 numbered engraved plates (9 folding). Contemporary mottled calf, richly gold-tooled spine and binding edges. [10], 58, [4]; [4], 59-122, [3], [1 blank]; [6], 123-186, [3], [1 blank]; [4], 187-232, [2]; [6], 238-292, [3], [1 blank] pp. Full description
€ 1,250
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Hunting, falconry and fishing manual, with 90 engraved plates

[FORTIN, François]. Amusemens de la chasse et de la peche, où l'on enseigne la manière de prendre toute forte d'oiseaux & d'animaux à quatre piés. Aves des instructions sur la volerie & les oiseaux qui y servent; ...
Amsterdam and Leipzig, Arkstée and Merkus, 1743. 2 volumes. 12mo. With 90 folding engraved plates. Contemporary mottled, tanned sheepskin, richly gold-tooled spine. [4], XIV, 391, [1 blank]; [8], 284, [76] pp. Full description
€ 1,250
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From the collection of the Princes of Oettingen-Wallerstein

FOUILLOUX, Jacques du. La venerie [...] de nouveau reveue, et augmentée, outre les precedentes impressions.
Paris, Clause Cramoisy, 1624. 2 parts in 1 volume. 4to. (22.6 x 16.4 cm). With the title-page printed in red and black with woodcut vignette, 57 woodcut illustrations, of which 3 full-page, woodcut musical scores, head- and tailpieces, and initials. 19th-century black morocco, covers and spine blind-tooled with lion motif, gilt turn-ins, red morocco doublures with gilt dentelle borders, red edges [CUYLS], inkstamp of the princes of Öttingen-Wallerstein on title, gilt monogram "AR" on doublure, "Bona fide sine fraude" book label. [4], 124, [8] pp. Full description
€ 12,500
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Insects found in and around Paris

FOURCROY, Antoine François de and Étienne Louis GEOFFROY. Entomologia Parisiensis; sive catalogus insectorum quae in agro Parisiensi reperiuntur; secundum methodum Geoffraeanam in sectiones, genera & species distributus: cui addita sunt nomina trivalia & fere trecentae novae species.
Paris, Via et Aedibus Serpentineis, 1785. 2 parts in 1 volume. 12mo (14.5 x 8.5 cm). Later marbled boards. VII, [1], 231, [1 blank]; [1], [1 blank], 233-544 pp. Full description
€ 750
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Agricultural sketch of rural New York State, a shipwreck and a journey along the Azores

FOWLER, John. Journal of a tour in the state of New York, in the year 1830; with remarks on agriculture in those parts most eligible for settlers: and return to England by the Western Islands, in consequence of shipwreck in the Robert Fulton.
London, Whittaker, Treacher, and Arnot (colophon: Liverpool, printed by E. Smith and co), 1831. 8vo. Modern half calf, marbled sides, title in gold on spine. [2], V, [1], 7-333, [1 blank] pp. Full description
€ 450
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The most extensively annotated edition of the greatest Mediaeval work on falconry

FRIEDRICH II (FREDERICK II), Holy Roman Emperor. Reliqua librorum Friderici II. Imperatoris De arte venandi cum avibus. Cum Manfredi Regis additionibus. Ex membranaceo codice camerarii primum edita ...
Including: ALBERTUS MAGNUS. De falconibus asturibus et accipitribus quibus annotations addidit suas Jo. Gottl. Schneider, ... Tomus I.[-II.]
Leipzig, heirs of Johann Georg Müller (colophons vol. I: J.G.I. Breitkopf; vol. II: Christoph Carl Klaubarth), 1788-1789. 2 volumes bound as 1. 4to. With 6 engraved illustration plates (I-VI, including 1 oblong folio folding). Early 19th-century half calf, gold-tooled spine. XVIII, 198; [4], 228 pp. Full description
€ 8,500
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Flower artist's engraved & hand-coloured sample-book

FREUDENBERG, Caroline von. Neue Blumenstraüsse, oder Muster zur feinen Stickkunst.
Nürnberg, Joh. Bernh. Geyer, [1814]. Oblong folio (24 x 37 cm). Sample-book of flower engravings comprising title-plate with wreath of flowers, and 5 sample plates with 6 engravings, the plates numbered [1], 2-6. Hand-coloured. Contemporary marbled wrappers with engraved orange title-label. Full description
€ 4,000
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The flora and geology of Marienbad, with contributions by Goethe and Friedrich August II

FRIEDRICH AUGUST II, Johann Wolfgang von GOETHE and Karl Joseph HEIDLER. Pflanzen und Gebirgsarten von Marienbad, ... ergänzt, und mit einem anhange über die andern naturhistorischen Verhältnisse der Curortes.
Prague, Kronberger and Weber ("Druck und Papier von Gottlieb Haase Söhne"), 1837. 8vo. With 5 lithographed plates numbered I-II, [III], IV-V, namely a frontispiece view by Sandtner, 3 further illustration plates (1 hand-coloured) and a hand-coloured folding petrographic map of Marienbad. Also with a folding letterpress table. Contemporary brown half sheepskin, gold-tooled spine. X, 203, [1 blank] pp. Full description
€ 1,000
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Very rare first edition of Scandinavian fish, with all 63 plates, 59 beautifully and subtly hand-coloured

FRIES, Bengt Fredrik, Carl Ulric EKSTRÖM [and Carl Jakob SUNDEVALL]. Skandinaviens Fiskar.
Including: Bihang, innefattande beskrifningar öfver de I Skandinavien bruklige Fiskeredskap.
Stockholm, P. A. Norstedt & sons, "1838" [= 1836-1857]. 10 parts (paginated as 3) in 1 volume. Large 4to (28.5 x 25 cm). With 63 lithographic plates, 59 beautifully and extremely subtly coloured by hand as published, some showing 2 or more fish per plate. Modern half tan morocco (Johanna Röjgård). [2], IV, 222; 49-56 (+ 49b-54b) & 125-140 (of "140" [= 146]); 44, [2] pp. Full description
€ 9,750
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The natural history, politics and medicine of India and Persia, with a section on Muscat

FRYER (FREYER), John. Negenjaarige reyse door Oostindien en Persien, ... Begonnen met den jaare 1672 en geeyndigt met den jaare 1681.
The Hague, Abraham de Hondt, Jacobus van Ellinkhuysen and Meyndert Uytwerf, 1700. 4to. With engraved frontispiece, engraved author's portrait, 3 folding engraved maps, 7 folding engraved views and other plates, and several woodcut illustrations in text. Contemporary vellum. [8], 566, [26] pp. Full description
€ 3,750
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Molluscs from Agen and Aquitaine, presentation copy

GASSIES, Jean-Baptiste. Tableau méthodique et descriptif des Mollusques terrestres et d'eau douce de l'Agenais.
Paris, J.B. Baillière; Agen, J.B. Barrière, 1849. With 4 hand-coloured lithographed plates.
With: (2) GASSIES, Jean-Baptiste. Malacologie terrestre et d'eau douce de la région intra-littorale de l'Aquitaine.Paris, J.B. Baillère and F. Savy, 1867. With one lithographed plate. 2 works in 1 volume. 8vo. Contemporary green half sheepskin, gold-tooled spine, marbled endpapers. [4], 209, [4], [1 blank]; 30, [1], [1 blank] pp. Full description
€ 250
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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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Elaborately calligraphic testimonial for a journeyman at the Imperial gardens, with 4 botanical illustrations and the arms of the Erbschatzmeister

[GARDENING]. GEISSNER, Johan Georg. [Testimonial letter for Michel Bauman, journeyman to the master Imperial gardener Johan Georg Geißner, incipit:] Des hoch und wohll gebohrnen Herrn Herrn Phillibbuß Ludwiguß deß heiligen römll: reichs Erb-Schotz Maister Graff von Sintzendarff ...
Laxenburg (near Vienna), 1735. Illustrated baroque testimonial letter in black and brown ink on parchment (34 x 60 cm plus a 4.5 cm flap at the foot), with the Sintzendorf coat of arms above centre (12 x 12 cm), illustrations of 4 exotic potted plants, flanking the text, and the text in richly decorated German gothic calligraphy and handwriting. With the crown above the coat of arms highlighted with gold. With slits through the foot to attach the seal, but lacking the seal itself. Full description
€ 3,500
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Experiments with fruit trees and vines

GENESY, Amedeo. Trattato razionale di frutticoltura. ... Nuova edizione.
With: (2) IDEM. La vite piramidale. ... Seconda edizione.
Torino, Francesco Casanova (back of title-page: printed by Vincenzo Bona), 1891. 2 volumes. 8vo. With a woodcut frontispiece showing the Fresia Grossa variety of grape vine and a fruit tree, each volume with several woodcut illustrations in the text and with a publishers catalogue bound at the end the Trattato. Both in original publishers printed paper wrappers. [2], X, 200; 64 pp. Full description
€ 750
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Classifying insects around Paris: a new classification system which was praised by Linnaeus

GEOFFROY, Etienne Louis. Histoire abrégée des insectes, dans laquelle ces animaux sont rangés suivant un ordre méthodique. Nouvelle édition, revue, corrigée, & augmentée d'un supplément considérable.
Paris, Calixte-Volland & Rémont, [1799]. 2 volumes. 4to. With 1 folding table and 10 hand-coloured engraved plates of insects in volume 1 and with 12 hand-coloured engraved plates of insects (including butterflies) in volume 2, both volumes with woodcut head- and tailpieces. Contemporary sheepskin, marbled sides, gold-tooled spine. [4], XXVIII, 556; [4], 744 pp. Full description
€ 1,250
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Syrian land and water molluscs

GERMAIN, Louis. Mollusques terrestres et fluviatiles de Syrie.
Paris, Baillière and son (colophon: Rouen, Lecerf), 1921-1922. 2 volumes. 8vo. With 118 figures on 23 plates and some smaller illustrations in text. Later blue cloth. 523, [1]; 242, [2] pp. Full description
€ 500
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The gastropods of Anatolia, with 17 plates

GERMAIN, Louis. Mollusques terrestres et fluviatiles d'Asie-Mineure.
Paris, Paul Lechevalier (colophon: Rouen, Lecerf), 1936. 8vo. With 17 plates with photographic reproductions and many illustrations in text. Modern brown half morocco, gold-tooled spine; with the original publisher's printed paper wrappers bound in. 492 pp. Full description
€ 375
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German entomological periodical

GERMAR, Ernst Friedrich (editor). Zeitschrift für die Entomologie. Erster [-Fünfter] Band.
Leipzig, Friedrick Fleischer, 1839-1844. 10 parts in 5 volumes, bound as 6. 8vo. With 15 numbered plates, including 5 hand-coloured engravings. Including 2 publisher's advertisements "Ankündigung die Forsetzung von Wiegmann's Archiv für Naturgeschichte betreffend" (2 pp.) and "Nachricht für Freunde der Enteimologie" (4 ll.). Modern green boards with original wrappers bound in. VII, [1], 196; [4], 193-400, [3], [1 blank]; [4], 240; [6], 241-450; [8], 408; [6], 434, [6]; VI, 482 pp. Full description
€ 750
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With 715 mostly coloured plates of French mushrooms

GILLET, Claude Casimir. Les hyménomycètes ou Description de tous les champignons (fungi) qui croissent en France avec l'indication de leurs propriétés utiles ou vénéneuses.
Alençon, Ch. Thomas (colophon: printed by Ch. Thomas & L. Mention), 1874-1898. 1 volume text, 3 volumes plates. 8vo. With illustrations of 717 varieties of mushrooms on 715 lithographed plates, mostly coloured. Contemporary half sheepskin. 828, 16 pp. plus plates. Full description
€ 3,500
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Early and esteemed work on falconry, by the falconer of the Gonzagas'court in Mantua

GIORGI, Federico. Libro ... del modo di conoscere i buoni falconi, astori, e sparavieri, di farli, di governarli, et di medicarli, come nella tavola si puo vedere.
Venice, Gabriel Giolito de Ferrari, 1547. 8vo. With Giorgi's woodcut phoenix printer's device on title-page and a stunning larger one at the end. Blue stiff paper wrappers (ca. 1800). 53, [2], [1 blank] ll. Full description
€ 15,000
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Classical agricultural law, well illustrated

GOES, Willem and Nicolas RIGAULT Rei agrariae auctores legesque variae. Quaedam nunc primum, caetera emendatiora prodeunt curâ.
Including: Antiquitatum agrariarum liber singularis.
Amsterdam, Johannes Janssonius van Waesberge, 1674. 2 works in 1 volume. 4to. With an integral engraved allegorical frontispiece, a general title-page with a woodcut decoration, 6 integral divisional titles including one for the Antiquitatum agrariarum, 3 folding engraved plates, 55 further engravings on integral leaves (15 full page), numerous woodcut illustrations in the text (mostly geometric diagrams) and woodcut head- and tailpieces. Contemporary calf, gold-tooled spine, sprinkled edges. [20], 360, [60]; 328 pp. Full description
€ 2,500
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Hand-coloured plates of 96 plants and flowers, with comments on their medicinal properties

GOOD, Peter Peyto. Good's family flora. A materia medica botanica, containing the botanical analysis, natural history, and chemical and medical properties of plants.
[Volume 1]: New York, J.K. Wellman (back of title-page: S.W. Benedict), 1845; [Volume 2]: Elizabethtown, by the author, [1847]. 2 volumes. 8vo. With a tinted lithographed frontispiece in each volume and 98 hand-coloured lithographed plates. Contemporary blind-blocked black cloth. Full description
€ 750
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The shells of Beidaihe, China

GRABAU, Amadeus William and Sohtsu G. KING. Shells of Peitaiho.
Beijing, Peking Laboratory of Natural History, 1928. 8vo. With 11 plates with photographic reproductions. Contemporary red cloth. [1], [1 blank], VI, 279, [2], [1 blank], [1], [1 blank] pp. Full description
€ 250
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On parasitoid wasps

GRAVENHORST, Johann Ludwig Christian. Ichneumologia Europaea.
Wroclaw, 1829. 3 volumes. 8vo. With 2 engraved plates and 2 folding tables. Contemporary half sheepskin, gold-tooled spine. XXXI, [1 blank], 827, [4]; 989; 1097. Full description
€ 625
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Poisonous animals and plants, their venoms and antidotes, with 52 woodcuts, printed by Plantin

GRÉVIN, Jacques. Deux livres des venins.
Antwerp, Christoffel Plantin, 1568 (colophon: October 1567). With Plantin's woodcut device on the title-page and 52 woodcuts in the text, made for this edition by Jehan de Gourmont after drawings by Geoffroy Ballain, both in Paris.
With: (2) NICANDER of Colophon (translated by Jacques GRÉVIN). Les oeuvres de Nicandre.
Antwerp, Christoffel Plantin, 1567. With the same Plantin device. 2 works in 1 volume. 4to. French calf (ca. 1780?), gold-tooled spine, gold fillets on the boards and board edges. [8], 333, [6], [1 blank]; 90, [2] pp. Full description
€ 7,500
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Early description of plant structure and the pollination of plants

GREW, Nehemias. Anatomie des plantes, qui contient une description exacte de leurs parties & de leurs usages, & qui fait voir comment elles se forment, & comment elles croissent.
Including:
- DEDU, Nicolas. De lame des plantes de leur naissance, de la nourriture & de leurs progrez.
- GREW, Nehemias and Robert BOYLE et al. Recueil d'experiences et observations curieuses sur le combat, qui procede du mélange des corps, sur les saveurs et sur les odeurs. Essay de physique.
Leiden, Pieter van der Aa, 1685. 12mo. With 1 engraved folding plate. Contemporary calf, richly gold-tooled spine with 4 raised bands and title in the 2nd compartment. [2 blank], [1], [1 blank], [4], 310; [1], [1 blank], [4], 108 pp. Full description
€ 750
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Finely illustrated work on garden design and layout, first edition, with 46 engraved plates

[GUIOL]. Essai sur la composition et l'ornement des jardins; ou receuil de plans de jardins de ville et de campagne, de fabriques propres a leur décoration, et de machines pour élever les eaux. Ouvrage faisant suite à l'Almanach du bon jardinier.
Paris, Audot, 1818. 12mo. With 46 engraved plates (including which 17 folding; numbered 1-44, plus 36 and 41 bis). Contemporary tree calf, gold-tooled spine and board edges. 117, [1]; 12 pp. Full description
€ 850
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Finely illustrated work on garden design and layout, much expanded second edition with 107 engraved plates

[GUIOL]. Essai sur la composition et l'ornement des jardins; ou recueil de plans de jardins de ville et de campagne, de fabriques propres a leur décoration, et de machines pour élever les eaux.
Paris, Audot, 1823. Oblong 4to (18 x 21 cm). With 107 numbered engraved plates on 82 leaves. Contemporary tree calf, richly gold-tooled spine. [4], 37, [1]; 33, [1] pp. Full description
€ 2,500
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Illustrated natural history textbook

HAARST, Willem van. Beschouwingen van het dierenrijk, voor jonge lieden, ter veredeling van verstand en hart.
Leeuwarden, Johannes Proost, [1828]. 3 parts in 1 volume. 8vo. With a lithographed title-page with a small illustration by D. Sluijter after H.P. Oosterhuis, and 6 folding lithographed plates, each depicting several different species of mammals, birds, fishes, insects and snakes. Original publisher's purple cloth, gold-tooled spine and blind-tooled sides. [2], X, 106; 91, [1 blank]; 107, [1 blank] pp. Full description
€ 500
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New medical application for catechu, or terra Japonica

HAGENDORN, Ehrenfried. Tractatus physico-medicus de catechu, sive terra Japonica, in vulgus dicta ad normam Academiae Naturae-Curiosorum.
Jena, Johannus Bielk, (printed by Samuel Krebs), 1679. 8vo. Engraved frontispiece depicting a Japanese man holding a shield with the inscription: "E.H.D. Catechu" designed by C. Nisius. Contemporary boards, wholly untrimmed. [22], 82 pp. Full description
€ 6,000
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The 16 original watercolour drawings for Halle’s 1784 book of poisonous plants

[HALLE, Johann Samuel]. [Drawings for Die deutsche Giftpflanzen].
[Berlin, ca. 1784]. 8vo. Complete set of 16 watercolour botanical drawings for Halle's 1784 publication, each in a thin black-line border with the German plant name in black ink inside the frame at the foot (in 6 cases also the number of the intended facing page) and the intended plate number in the upper right corner. The Latin names have been added in pencil below the borders.
With: (2) HALLE, Johann Samuel. Die deutsche Giftpflanzen, .... [Erster-]Zweyter Theil.
Berlin, Wilhelm Oehmigke the younger, 1794-1795. 8vo. 2 volumes bound as 1. With 16 (volume 1) and 8 (volume 2) engraved plates, coloured by a contemporary hand. Contemporary tanned half sheepskin. Drawings: [16] ll.; book: [1], 1 blank], [1], [1 blank], IV, 3-138; [1], [1 blank], 126 pp. Full description
€ 3,500
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13th-century treatise on falconry, in the original Turkish with a German translation, with two other early falconry treatises

HAMMER-PURGSTALL, Joseph von. Falknerklee, bestehend in drey ungedruckten Werken über die Falknerey. ...
Pest (now part of Budapest), Conrad Adolf Hartleben (verso of title-page: [Vienna], printed by the widow of Anton Strauß), 1840. 8vo. With lithographed frontispiece, elaborately decorated Turkish title-page and opening page. Set in fraktur, Arabic and Greek types with incidental roman. With a modern index of ornithological, zoological and botanical names. Later 19th-century half tanned sheepskin, with the publisher's original tinted lithographed wrappers bound in; the modern index is separately bound in modern goatskin, designed to match the main volume. Frontispiece plus [8], XXXII, [2], 115, [2], [1 blank] pp.; 48 ll. Full description
€ 8,500
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With 8 woodcuts made for the 1634 edition (a hunting scene using falcons, and 7 birds of prey)

HARMONT, Pierre. Le miroir de fauconnerie, ou se verra l'instruction pour choisit, nourrir, & traicter, dresser & faire voler toute sorte d'oyseaux, ...
Rouen, Clément Malassis, 1650. 4to (23 x 16.5 cm). With a woodcut illustration of a hunt using falcons on the title-page (9 x 9.5 cm) and 7 nearly full-page woodcut illustrations of birds of prey on integral leaves. Half red goatskin morocco (1930s?) signed on the free endleaf "F. SAULTIER REL.". 38, [2 blank] pp. Full description
€ 6,500
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Watercolour drawings of indigenous Dutch plants

[DRAWINGS - BOTANICAL]. HARST, Leendert Johannes van der. [Collection of 52 botanical watercolour drawings, mostly signed "v.d. H."].
[Utrecht], 1878-1879, 1893. Collection of 52 drawings, containing 46 watercolour drawings on wove and laid paper (most measuring ca. 31.5 x 20), with plant name, date and signature "v.d. H." added in manuscript, 1 double-page watercolour of grasses, 4 smaller sketches in pencil, and 2 pen and in ink drawings, one showing a cross-section of a live sponge, and the other a small caricature of gentleman (Van der Harst?) standing between animated plants and flowers, smelling a flower. Contemporary portfolio, made from 2 paperboards. Full description
€ 2,750
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Practical falconry

HARTING, James Edmund. Hints on the management of hawks ... to which is added practical falconry, chapters historical and descriptive.
London, Horace Cox, 1898. 8vo. With 11 plates and 42 illustrations in text. Original publisher's green cloth. VII, 268 pp. Full description
€ 500
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12 fine portraits of horses from the stables of Queen Victoria

HARVEY, William. Selections from the Royal stud, being portraits taken in October 1837, at Hampton Court, from life by William Harvey. Drawn on stone by and under the direction of R.J. Lane A.R.A. lithographer to Her Majesty.
London, Thomas McLean (printed by Alfred Ducôte and J. Graf), 1838. 1mo (55.5 x 38 cm). With lithographed title-page, lithographed list of plates, and 12 tinted lithographed plates by Richard James Lane and W.J. Giles after William Harvey. Contemporary cloth, gold title on front board ("The royal stud at Hampton Court"); rebacked in modern, brown half sheepskin. Full description
€ 35,000
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Important work on the natural history of Palastine

HASSELQUIST, Friedrich and Carl LINNAEUS. Reise nach Palästina in den Jahren von 1749 bis 1752. auf Befehl ihro Majestät der Königinn von Schweden herausgegeben vond Carl Linnäus aus em Schwedischen.
Rostock, Johann Christian Koppe, 1762 (colophon: Leipzig, Johann Gottlob Immanuel Breitkopf, 1761). 8vo. With woodcut tailpieces. Contemporary half vellum. [18], 606 pp. Full description
€ 1,800
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On the relation between plants and minerals

HENCKEL (HENKEL), Johann Friedrich. Flora saturnizans, die Verwandtschafft des Pflanzen mit dem Mineral-Reich, nach der Natural-Historie und Chymie aus vielen Anmerckungen und Proben ...
Leipzig, Johann Christian Martini, 1722. 8vo. With engraved frontispiece showing a mining operation, and 9 engraved plates. 18th-century vellum. [10], 671, [17] pp. Full description
€ 2,800
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Rare herbal intended for apothecaries

[HERBAL]. Nöthige, zuverlässige und kurze Nachricht von denenjenigen Stücken aus dem Pflanzenreiche, welche in den Apotheken der meisten Länder Europens aufbehalten werden müssen, zum Gebrauche der Apotheken verfertiget und dem Drucke übergeben.
Dresden, Johann Nikolaus Gerlach and son, 1764. 8vo. With an engraved plate showing the annual flowering plant Chenopodium botrys. Contemporary boards, spine strengthened with marbled paper. [8], 724, [2] pp. Full description
€ 1,250
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Manuscript herbal of Savoy(?), with 445 leaves of meticulous watercolour botanical drawings

[HERBAL - MANUSCRIPT]. [CHATELAIN, Jean-Baptiste Charles Maurice?]. [Flore de Faverges et de quelques localités Voisines?].
[Faverges (Haute-Savoie)?], [ca. 1900]. Folio (31.5 x 20 cm). A manuscript herbal with 445 leaves (more than 550 pages) of meticulous black ink and watercolour botanical drawings, occasionally with additions or highlights in opaque gouaches, each leaf generally with a large drawing of the species, its Latin and French names, and usually further descriptive text and detail drawings of its flowers, leaves, seeds, roots, etc., around the main drawing and/or on the back of the leaf, the drawings of each numbered botanical family loose in plain-paper wrappers giving the family name and number, as well as general information, on the front wrapper, usually with a small ink and watercolour drawing at the head representing the family, and sometimes with a list of family subdivisions on the recto. An additional wrapper appears to be intended as an illustrated title-page for drawings of aquatic plants, the recto of the front wrapper with the title "Plantes aqualiques" (altered in pen to "aquatiques"?) with a spider and its web spanning the large space between the two words and the whole framed by an ink and watercolour drawing of a wide variety of flowering plants growing around and arching over a pond. The whole is divided into groups of families, all but one group (and the illustrated wrapper for Plantes aqualiques) in mostly matching contemporary folders made of coarse grey-brown paper. Full description
€ 19,500
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Exotic and other plants in the Leiden botanical garden, with 106 full-page engravings

HERMANN, Paul. Horti Academici Lugduno-Batavi catalogus exhibens plantarum omnium nomina, quibus ab anno MDCLXXXI ad annum MDCLXXXVI hortus fuit instructus ut & plurimarum in eodem cultarum & à nemine hucusque editarum descriptiones & icones ...
Leyden, Cornelius Boutesteyn, 1687. 8vo. Engraved integral frontispiece by Abraham de Blois after Willem van Mieris (Athena enthroned in the Leiden botanical garden, with figures representing the four continents offering her plants), Boutesteyns woodcut house-on-a-rock device on title-page, and 106 full-page engravings on integral leaves (at least 1 by Jacob Harrewijn) depicting plants, with letterpress headings giving the Latin names. Contemporary vellum, manuscript title and old library label on spine, red sprinkled edges. [20], 699, [1] pp. Full description
€ 2,250