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First edition of Belon's account of his travels in the Ottoman Empire, with a folding map of Mount Sinai

BELON, Pierre. Les observations de plusieurs singularitez et choses memorables, trouvées en Grece, Asie, Judée, Egypte, Arabie et autres pays estranges.
Paris, Guillaume Cavellat (colophon: printed by Benoist Prévost for Gilles Corrozet, Guillaume Cavellat), 1553. 3 parts in 1 volume. 4to. With Cavellat's woodcut device on title-page and the 2 part-titles, Corrozet's woodcut device on last page, 36 woodcut illustrations in the text (4 hand-coloured), numerous decorated initials (1 hand-coloured), and an extra added folding woodcut map (31 x 32.5 cm) showing Mount Sinai. 18th-century mottled calf, gold-tooled spine and board edges. Full description
€ 15,000
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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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Complete fourth series (reptiles & amphibians) of Buffon's seminal work

[BUFFON, Georges Louis Leclerc and] Bernard Germain Étienne de la Ville-sur-Illon, comte de LACÉPÈDE. Histoire naturelle des quadrupèdes ovipares et des serpens [= Histoire naturelle, vols. XXXVII-XXXVIII].
Dordrecht, A. Blussé and son, 1799. 2 volumes. 4to. With 63 full-page engraved plates. 19th-century uniform half calf, gold-tooled spines. Full description
€ 2,500
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Epoch-making study of snake venoms

FONTANA, Felice. Traité sur le vénin de la vipere sur les poisons Americains sur le laurier-cerise et sur quelques autres poisons végétaux. On y a joint des observations sur la structure primitive du corps animal. Différentes expériences sur la reproduction des nerfs et la description d'un nouveau canal de l'oeil.
Florence, (without publisher), 1781. 2 volumes. 4to. With 10 engraved plates. Contemporary half calf, gold-tooled spine. Full description
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Dissertation on Austrian reptiles,
with 5 plates and attractively bound

LAURENTI, Joseph Nicolai. Specimen medicum, exhibens synopsin reptilium emendatam cum experimentis circa venena et antidota reptilium Austriacorum.
Vienna, Joan. Thomae nob. de Trattern, 1768. 8vo. With 5 folding engraved plates by Augustin Cipps illustrating 19 species of snakes, lizards and toads. Contemporary calf, richly gold-tooled spine, gold-tooled floral borders on both sides and gilt edges. Full description
€ 2,750
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Zoological work including unicorns and dragons,with 95 engraved plates

MERCKLEIN, Georg Abraham. Neu ausgefertigtes historisch-medicinisches Thier-Buch in vier besonderen Theilen verabfasset; ... Wobei verschiedene, wieder allerhand Kranckheiten bewehrte Geness-Mittel: angezeiget.
Nuremberg, Johan Friedrich Rüdiger, 1714. 8vo. With a double-page engraved frontispiece, engraved by Johan Lorentz Hönnig, a double-page letterpress title-page printed in red and black, and 95 engraved plates, each depicting several animals. Contemporary vellum. Full description
€ 3,500
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German textbook on zoology,
printed in Pottsville, Pennsylvania

REUBELT, John Adam. Kurzgefaßtes Handbuch der Naturgeschichte. Enthaltend wissenschaftliche und populäre Beschreibungen von dem Menschen, den Säugethieren, Vögeln, Amphibien, Fischen, Weich- und Gliederthieren.
Pottsville [Pennsylvania], C.W. Günther and the author, 1848. 8vo. With numerous woodcuts in text, depicting men and animals. Contemporary black half sheepskin. Full description
€ 375
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The frogs and toads of Germany in the manner of Maria Sybilla Merian

RÖSEL VON ROSENHOF, August Johann. Historia naturalis ranarum nostratium in qua omnes earum proprietates, praesertim quae ad generationem ipsarum pertinent, fusius enarrantur. | Die natürliche Historie der Frösche hiesigen Landes worinnen alle Eigenschaften derselben, sonderlich aber ihre Fortpflanzung, umständlich beschrieben werden.
Nuremberg, Johann Joseph Fleischmann, [1753]-1758. 2 parts in 1 volume. Royal folio (48 x 33 cm). With hand-coloured engraved frontispiece and 2 sets of the 24 engraved plates. Each of the 24 plates is present twice: beautifully hand-coloured with the figures still unnumbered, and in black and white with the figures numbered (and key letters added) but with Rösel's name erased. Contemporary half calf, gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 22,500
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