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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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Fine 17th-century flower drawings

[BOTANY - DRAWING]. [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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A series of 44 gouache drawings of carnations

[BOTANY - DRAWING]. 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 edition of Brodtmann's zoological series containing 144 lithographed plates, seldom found complete

BRODTMANN, Karl Joseph. Naturhistorische Bilder-Gallerie aus dem Thierreiche.
[Zurich or Schaffhausen?], Brodtmann, [1816 and later] (title-page of the "ersten Heft": Lindau, 1816). Heft 1-33 including the supplements, bound in 1 volume. Large folio (46 x 38 cm). With a lithographed title-page and 144 lithographs drawn by Brodtmann himself showing humans, other mammals, reptiles and amphibians, birds, insects, etc. 19th-century brown marbled paper over boards. [8] (title and index) ll.; 36 (Heft 1-18); 16 (Heft 26-33); 6 (Heft 19-21); 10 (Heft 22-25); 4 (Supplement) pp. Full description
€ 18,500
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Finely executed botanical and pomological drawings, coloured with gouache by a pioneering female Swiss alpinist

BRUNNER, Elise. [Botanical and pomological drawings].
[Bern?], 1847-1848. Oblong 4to. Album with 25 botanical and pomological pencil drawings in various sizes, all coloured with gouache, apparently by the artist, and mostly signed by Elise Brunner. All these drawings are mounted on the album leaves of various colours. Also inserted is a black and white sketch in pencil signed by an unknown female artist "Marie Blau fec.". 19th-century half dark red morocco with lighter red morocco sides, gold-tooled spine. [61] album ll., 18 of the first 21 containing 25 colour drawings and 1 pencil sketch. Full description
€ 2,950
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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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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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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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