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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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