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Histoire Naturelle, générale et particuliere, avec la description du Cabinet du Roi.

BUFFON, G.L.L. DE, DAUBENTON, LACÉPÈDE (and others). Amsterdam, Schneider/ Dordrecht, Blussé, 1766-1799. 38 parts, bound in 19 vols. 4to (267 x 210mm). With engraved portrait of Buffon, numerous engraved vignettes, 10 folding engraved maps and 1144 engraved plates. Contemporary uniform green half calf, spines with red gilt lettered label, gilt lines, lettering and ornaments, marbled sides. The present 'l'Allamand' edition is the only 4to edition to rival the original French Imprimerie Royale edition (1749-1804) in 44 volumes. It does not contain the later published volumes by Lacépède on fishes and whales, as these were published after the date of above edition, it however contains numerous additions by l'Allamand which were included in the later French Buffon editions. All plates are after drawings by de Sève, the famous French landscape painter. The animals are depicted in their natural habitat, amidst charming landscapes, villages, rivers, mountains etc. These elaborately drawn plates, full of elegance, became exceedingly popular and have often been copied by later artists."Schneider's edition in the French language was called a 'Nouvelle Edition' on the title-page. It was edited by Jean Nicolas Sebastien Allamand, professor of natural history at the University of Leiden. The order of the articles is generally similar to the Paris edition, but Allamand changed the sequence when he thought it fitting and he added articles about new or little-known mammals in suitable places within Buffon's text". (L. Rookmaaker. J.N.S. Allamand's additions . to the 'Nouvelle Edition' of Buffon's 'Histoire Naturelle')."Buffon's work is of exceptional importance because of its diversity, richness, originality, and influence. Buffon was among the first to create an autonomous science, free of any theological influence. He emphasized the importance of natural history and the great length of geological time" (DSB).The contents of the volumes is as follows: Histoire naturelle générale, & Les Mammifères. 15 volumes with portrait and 603 engraved plates. - Histoire naturelle des Oiseaux. 9 volumes with 263 engraved plates. - Histoire naturelle des Quadrupèdes ovipares et des serpent. 2 volumes with 63 engraved plates. - Histoire naturelle des Minéraux. 5 volumes with 8 large folded maps. - Supplement. 7 volumes with 215 engraved plates and 2 fold. maps. The work is rare as only 150 copies were subscribed (see subscibers list vol. 9).Faint occasional marginal dampstaining to a few vols. not touching the plates. A fine and attractive uniformly bound copy. Free endpaper with old printed name.Piveteau 150; Nissen ZBI, 678.
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Beschouwing der wonderen Gods, in de minst geachte schepzelen.

SEPP, J.C. Of Nederlandsche Insecten, naar hunne aanmerkelijke huishouding, verwonderlijke gedaantewisseling en andere wetenswaardige bijzonderheden . Amsterdam, J.C. Sepp, 1762-1860. 8 volumes. 4to (245 x 190mm). With 8 handcoloured engraved or lithographed frontispieces and 400 handcoloured engraved or lithographed plates. Contemporary half calf, spines with red and green gilt lettered labels. (and continuation: Second Series): SNELLEN VAN VOLLENHOVEN, S.C. Beschrijvingen en afbeeldingen van Nederlandsche vlinders. Amsterdam, J.C. Sepp/ 's-Gravenhage, M. Nijhoff, 1860-1900. 4 volumes. 4to (240 x 200mm). With 200 lithographed handcoloured plates. Contemporary half calf, spines with red and green gilt lettered labels. (and continuation: Third Series): BRANTS, A. Nederlandsche vlinders beschreven en afgebeeld. Aflevering I-X (all published), bound in 5 parts. s'Gravenhage, Martinus Nijhoff, 1905-1928. Large-4to (270 x 205mm). With 10 handcoloured lithographed plates. Contemporary cloth. One of the finest works on butterflies ever published. Cobres I, 381: "Ein Werk ohne seines gleiches, in der ungemein sauberen Ausführung, daher höchst schätzbar'.; " . eines der prächtigsten Abbildungswerke der Lepidopterologie ." (W. Junk). Its really marvellously executed plates are the culminating point of entomological illustration. Complete copies as the one offered are of great rarity. The publication of this work which according to Nissen probably started as early as 1728, stopped two hundred years later, when in 1928 the author of the third series, A. Brants, deceased after having completed only the first ten parts of the first volume. The famous publishing house Sepp & Zoon, was a firm which excercised the utmost care in producing colour-plate books of outstanding quality. In the present case Sepp was the author as well as the publisher. "First series started by Christiaan Andreas Sepp together with his son Jan Christiaan (1739-1811) published in issues and in the format after the model chosen by Roesel von Rosenhof; Sepp followed his own path for the descriptions of butterflies and their illustrations. It has become the most important work on Dutch lepidoptera" (Landwehr 182). Small old repair to some volumesA fine uniformly bound set, apart from the 10 fasc. (bound in 5) of the third series.Nissen ZBI, 3808 & 3808a; Horn & Schenkling 20145; Landwehr 182 & 202.
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  • $22,352
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Histoire Naturelle des Insectes. Genera des Coléoptères ou exposé méthodique et critique de tous les genres proposés jusqu’ci dans cet ordre d’insectes.

LACORDAIRE, J.T. & CHAPIUS, F. Paris, Roret, 1854-1876. 8vo (203 x 130mm). 14 volumes (12 text volumes bound in 13 plus atlas). pp. xx, 486; 548; 594; 579; 750; 637; 620; 552; 1-409; 410-930; iv, 455; 420; 424; 47, (3), with 134 hand-coloured engraved plates. Contemporary half calf, gilt ornamented spines with gilt lettering (vol. 9, second part in contemporary wrappers, atlas volume in later half calf). The rare issue with hand-coloured plates. The present work is Jean Théodore Lacordaire's (1801-1870) major work. 'De ses voyages, Lacordaire rapporte en France, des milliers d'insectes qu'il étudie lui-même' (Lhoste p. 60). Lacordaire travelled in South American from 1825-1832 using every opportunity to collect insects.In 1835 he became professor of zoology at the University of Liège. The last 3 volumes of the present work were posthumously published by F. Chapuis. The fine plates engraved by Corbié are after drawings by Migneaux, Nicolet, and Hüet. All plates are meticulously hand-coloured."Besides his great work, the 'Genera des Coléoptères,' which occupied the last twenty-two years of his life, and with which his name will be associated as long as Entomology is studied, he published a Monograph of the Erotylidæ. The unanimous verdict of entomologists has already stamped the 'Genera des Coléoptères' as a work of transcendent merit and usefulness; and when we consider that almost every line of its nine closely-printed volumes embodies the result of numerous observations, careful comparisons. I have thought it well to obtain some estimate of these from my friend and predecessor Mr. Bates, who has, I know, had occasion to examine critically a large portion of Lacordaire's work. He informs me that the distinguishing merits of the 'Genera' are, its completeness (scarcely a single described genus having been overlooked); the justness and accuracy of the characters given, and the clearness of its style and arrangement. In the aptitude and neatness with which the synoptical tables of tribes and genera are constructed, Mr. Bates thinks he has excelled all other entomological writers." (A.R. Wallace. The president's Address 1871 to the Entomological Society of London).Horn-Schenkling 12618 & Index Litt. Ent. II, 565.
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Illustrations of exotic Entomology, containing upwards of six hundred and fifty figures and descriptions of foreign insects, interspersed with remarks and reflections on their nature and properties.

DRURY, D. A new edition . by J.O. Westwood. London, H.G. Bohn, 1837. 3 volumes. 4to (265 x 205 mm). With 150 handcoloured engraved plates and 1 plain engraved frontispiece. Contemporary half calf, spines in 6 compartments with gilt lettering. A fine copy of the second and last edition of one of the most attractive English entomological works on exotic insects, with superb hand-colouring of the plates. The first edition appeared from 1770-1782. Dru Drury (1725-1803) was the son of a silversmith. "By virtue of his marriage and inheritance of the family business he was a reasonably wealthy man who could afford to support his most serious hobby entomology. Drury's collection had great fame during his life time. He spent much time and money persuading others to collect specimens for him from foreign countries. He had a wide correspondence with entomologists around the world. Linnaeus (1707-1778) and Willliam Kirby (1759-1850) both named species after him" (Harvey, Gilbert & Martin, A catalogue of manuscripts in the Entomological library. 119). The majority of the fine plates were drawn and engraved by Moses Harris. "Although originally conceived as a publication to illustrate all the specimens that came in, Drury soon changed his mind and eventually decided to illustrate only those specimens which had not previously been drawn. Years later, the eminent British entomologist W.F. Kirby described the work as an 'Opus entomologicus splendissimus'!" (Gilbert, Butterfly Collectors and Painters, p.140)Nissen ZBI, 1160; Horn & Schenkling 23891.
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Nouvelle Iconographie des Camellias, contenant les figures et la description des plus rares, des plus nouvelles et des plus belles variétés de ce genre.

VERSCHAFFELT, A. Gand, Verschaffelt, 1848-1860. 13 volumes. Royal-8vo (265 x 175mm). With 623 chromolithographed plates. Contemporary blue half morocco, spines with gilt lines and lettering. The work is considered the rarest of the botanical works published in Belgium in the 19th century. The famous de Belder collection had a complete set as the present one. The work was intended to be a continuation of Berlese, and on comparing both works the evolution of the Camelia during the last 20 years of that period can clearly be seen. At this time Gand was the world centre for the cultivation of Camelia. The excellent plates were chromolithographed by Severeyns and Stroobant, most probably the best chromolithograph printers of a period in which Belgium produced the most attractive botanical works illustrated by chromolithography."The work is one of the rarest and greatest of the nineteenth-century camellia iconographies. The Verschaffelts were a family of nurserymen specializing in camellias and published this book really as a catalogue of newly introduced species and recently developed hybrids which were available from their nurseries" (De Belder). Plate 4 of livraison 10 of the first volume was never published (see Stafleu & Cowan). Old library stamp on free endpaper.Provenance: Armorial bookplate of Henry Rogers Brighton.Stafleu & Cowan 16057; Nissen BBI, 2056 (quoting the wrong number of plates).
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Florae Senegambiae tentamen, seu historia plantarum in diversis Senegambiae regionibus a peregrinatoribus Perrottet et Lepreur detectarum. Tomes primus (all published).

Paris, Treuttel and Wurz, 1830-1832. Folio (370 x 285mm). pp. xi, 316, (6), with 72 handcoloured lithographed plates. Contemporary half calf, spine with gilt lines, ornaments and lettering, marbled sides. The very rare Large Paper issue with coloured plates of this early work on the flora of Senegal and Gambia. The regular issue was published in small 4to with plain plates. The fine plates are by J. Decaisne. It was G.S. Perrottet who collected the plants. In 1824 he was appointed to direct a government outpost and trading company in Senegambia. After publishing the present work together with Guillemin and Richard he was assigned by the Parisian Museum of Natural History to the botanic garden in Pondicherry, India as an agricultural botanist. The earliest botanical collections reported in the area of the Senegambia under French influence were carried out in the mid-18th century by Michel Adanson (1727–1806), who would become a distinguished French naturalist.The fine plates are by Joseph Decaisne (1807-1882) a distinguished botanist, who rose from the position of a simple gardener to be leading botanist in France.The colouring of the plates is refined and beautiful. The printed wrappers to the 8 parts are bound in.Provenance: Bibliotheque de V. Perdonnet on backcover, label of G. Perdonnet and armorial coat of arms of Henry Rogers Broughton on inside frontcover.Stafleu & Cowan 2211; Nissen BBI, 766.