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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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Catalogue of the famous Portland Museum
Including many objects collected during Cook's Pacific voyages
With manuscript prices and purchasers

[PORTLAND MUSEUM]. [LIGHTFOOT, John]. A catalogue of the Portland Museum lately the property of the Duchess Dowager of Portland, deceased: which will be sold by auction ...
With: (2) A catalogue of a very valuable collection of cameos, intaglios, and precious stones, and other curiosities; being part of a late much celebrated cabinet, many out of the Arundel collection; which will be sold by auction ...
[London, Skinner and Co., 1786]. 2 works in 1 volume. 4to. With full-page engraved frontispiece showing the interior of the Portland Museum with numerous objects from its collection. Contemporary gold-tooled vellum. Full description
€ 18,500
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With 60 plates containing beautiful and accurate figures,
beautifully and subtly hand-coloured

RUMPHIUS (RUMPH), Georg Everard. Thesaurus imaginum piscium testaceorum; ... ut et cochlearum; ... quibus accedunt conchylia, ... denique mineralia; ...
The Hague, Pieter de Hondt, 1739. Large folio (44.5 x 27 cm). With an engraved title-page, engraved portrait of the author, and 60 numbered engraved plates with hundreds of figures, coloured in an early hand. Recased in contemporary sprinkled calf, gold-tooled board edges. Rebacked with a gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 35,000
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60 splendid plates of East Indian shellfish, crustaceans and other marine specimens

RUMPHIUS, Georg Everhard. d'Amboinsche rariteitkamer, behelzende eene beschryvinge van aleerhande zoo weeke als harde schaalvisschen, te weete raare krabben, kreeften, en diergelyke zeedieren, als mede allerhande hoorntjes en schulpen, die men in d'Amboinsche zee vindt: daar benevens zommigen mineraalen, gesteenten, en soorten van aarde, die in d'Amboinsche, en zommige omleggende eilanden gevonden worden.
Amsterdam, Jan Roman de Jonge, 1741. Royal folio (44 x 27.5 cm). With engraved title-page, engraved author's portrait, 60 engraved plates and 5 engraved vignettes. Contemporary red half roan. Full description
€ 8,500
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First edition of a famous anatomical work by a great Dutch surgeon and anatomist

RUYSCH, Frederik. Observatonum anatomico-chirurgicarum centuria.
Including: RUYSCH, Frederik. Museum anatomicum Ruyschianum. Sive catalogus rariorum.
Amsterdam, Hedrik & the widow of Dirk Boon, 1691. 2 parts in 1 volume. 4to. With title -page printed in red and black, 46 engraved plates (4 folding and 42 full-page) and 2 woodcuts in text. Contemporary blind-stamped vellum. Full description
€ 5,000
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Canary with deformity on its beak

[SCHULTZ, Ernst Christoph]. Portrait d'un monstrueux serin de Canarie, il est sorti de la partie inférieure de son bec une longue corne tortillée. Traduit de l'Allemand.
Hamburg, J.P.C. Reuss, [ca. 1780]. 4to. With a finely hand-coloured engraved plate. Original printed boards. Full description
€ 1,500
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Rare description of elephant seal for sale by famous dealer Umlauff,
with 6 halftone photographs

[UMLAUFF, Johannes]. Ein Riese vom Südpol! Der See-Elefant (Macrorhinus elephantinus) des Museum Umlauff Hamburg. Schilderung seiner Lebensweise und wissenschaftliche Beschreibung.
Hamburg, Adolph Friedländer, ca. 1902. 8vo. With 6 halftone photographs of elephant seals, including 1 small close-up of the head that is repeated on the wrapper. Original publisher's printed paper wrapper. Full description
€ 850
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