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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. Full description
€ 950
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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. Full description
€ 3,500
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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. Full description
€ 395
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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. Full description
€ 1,250
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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. Full description
€ 1,750
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