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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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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. Full description
€ 12,500
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Comparative anatomy with detailed plates

CAMPER, Pieter. 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. Full description
€ 2,000
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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. Full description
€ 3,750
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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. Full description
€ 1,600
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Fossils from Switzerland, with 33 plates

OOSTER, William Alexandre and Carl von FISCHER-OOSTER. Protozoe Helvetica. Mittheilungen aus dem Berner Museum der Naturgeschichte über merkwürdige Thier- und Pflanzenreste der schweizerischen Vorwelt.
Basel and Geneva, H. Georg (colophon: printed in Bern, Haller'sche Buchdruckerei), 1869-1871. 2 volumes in 5 separate parts. 4to. With lithographed map and 32 lithographed plates (numbered 1-13 and 1-19), including 13 double-page. All parts in original publisher's printed paper wrappers. Full description
€ 350
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Account of an interesting scientific expedition to Bolivia

ORBIGNY, Alcide d'. Fragment d'un voyage au centre de l'Amérique Méridionale; contenant des considérations sur la navigation de l'Amazone et de la Plata, et sur les anciennes missions des provinces de Chiquitos et de Moxos (Bolivia). 
Paris, P. Bertrand; Strasbourg, widow Levrault (printed by Berger-Levrault), 1845. 8vo. With a large folding lithographed map (43 x 52 cm) of the centre of South America. Modern half red morocco. Full description
€ 6,750
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Influential essay on Earth before and after the deluge

WOODWARD, John. Geographie physique ou essay sur l'histoire naturelle de la terre.Including: Réponse aux observations du docteur Camerarius, concernant l'essay sur l'histoire naturelle de la terre.Des fossiles de toute espece.
Amsterdam, aux dépens de la compagnie, 1735. 3 texts in 1 volume. 8vo. With a folding engraved plate. Contemporary mottled calf, gold-tooled spine and board edges. Full description
€ 750
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