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Systematically arranged shells

DENYS DE MONTFORT, Pierre. Conchyliogie systématique et classification méthodique des coquilles; ...
Paris, F. Schoell, 1808-1810. 2 volumes. 8vo. With 261 woodcut illustrations of shells (most nearly full-page). Contemporary half calf, gold-tooled spine, red ribbon marker. Full description
€ 1,950
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Erotic artefacts from the secret cabinet of the King of Naples, with 60 coloured plates

[FAMIN, Cesar]. Musée Royal de Naples, peintures, bronzes et statues érotiques du Cabinet Secret.
Paris, Abel Ledoux (back of half-title: printed by Everat), 1836. 4to. With engraved frontispiece and 60 numbered engraved plates by A. Delvaux, all coloured by a contemporary hand and some printed in colour a la poupée. Contemporary green half sheepskin. Full description
€ 2,500
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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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Invitation to see Paris's new elephants confiscated from the Dutch Stadholder Willem V

SPAENDONCK, Gerard van. [Autograph letter, signed, to Madame de Chalendray (Caloline Thérèse Jeanne Bordes de Chalendray?)].
[Paris], 12 Floréal VI [= 1 May 1798]. 4to. Autograph letter in French, signed, written in brown ink on one side of a single leaf of laid paper.
With: [PORTRAIT]. BOILLY, Julien-Léopold. Van Spaendonck, (Gérard) …
[Paris], [1821?]. Folio. Lithographic portrait on wove paper, mounted on laid paper (ca. 1830?) with a manuscript note at the head. Full description
€ 1,950
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