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Fauna of the Indian Sea, with 98 illustrations

ALCOCK, Alfred William. A naturalist in Indian seas or, four years with the Royal Indian marine survey ship "Investigator".
London, John Murray (colophon: printed by Oliver and Boyd, Edinburgh), 1902. 8vo. With a photogravure frontispiece depicting the Investigator, a folding map and 98 illustrations on 58 plates. Contemporary black-blocked cloth; rebacked with brown board, modern endpapers. Full description
€ 450
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Belon's account of his extensive travels in the Levant, one of the earliest Plantin editions

BELON, Pierre. Les observations de plusieurs singularitez et choses memorables, trouvees en Grece, Asie, Indée, Egypte, Arabie & autres pays estranges.
Antwerp, Christoffel Plantin, 1555. 8vo. With Plantin's early woodcut device on title-page, a double-page woodcut map (31.5 x 35 cm) showing Mount Sinai, and 45 woodcut illustrations in text (including a portrait of the author). 18th-century gold-tooled calf, richly gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 5,800
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Fishes from Japan

BLEEKER, Pieter. Enumération des espèces de poissons actuellement connues du japon et description de trois espèces inédites. [Published as nat. verh. der kon. akad. v. wet., part XVIII].
Amsterdam, C.G. v.d. Post, 1879. 4to. With 3 lithographed plates. Original publisher's stiff printed wrappers. Full description
€ 450
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Detailed descriptions of orchids from Dutch East Indies and Japan, with 70 plates

BLUME, Karl Ludwig. Collection des orchidées les plus remarquables de l'Archipel Indien et du Japon.
Amsterdam, C.G. Sulpke (back of title-page: printed by A.W/ Sythoff, Leiden), 1858[-1859]. Large folio (44.5 x 29 cm). With hand-coloured lithographed frontispiece and 70 lithographed plates (numbered 1-66, 9b, 9c, 9d and 12b, including 1 double-page plate), 56 hand-coloured. Contemporary brown half sheepskin, decorated paper (embossed flower pattern) sides. Full description
€ 17,500
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Comparative anatomy with detailed plates

CAMPER, Pieter. Oeuvres de Pierre Camper, qui ont pour objet l'histoire naturelle, la physiologie et l'anatomie comparée.
Paris, Jansen and Bertrand; Bordeaux, Melon, 1803. 3 text volumes (8vo) and 1 plate volume (folio). With stipple-engraved author's portrait by B. Roger and 34 numbered engraved plates with anatomical illustrations of animals by Picquenot and Vinkeles after Camper, including an orangutan and an elephant. Text volumes bound in contemporary mottled calf with richly gold-tooled spines, and the plates volume in contemporary half calf with green marbled sides. Full description
€ 2,000
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Travel account with magnificent series of views; a superb set in the most original condition possible

CHORIS, Louis. Vues et paysages des régions équinoxiales, recueillis dans un voyage autour du monde, par Louis Choris, avec une introduction et un text explicatif.
Paris, Paul Renouard, 1826. 6 parts. Folio. With 24 lithographed plates. Each part in original mauve printed wrappers, preserved in a green morocco box. Full description
€ 40,000
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Clusius’s important descriptions of exotic plants and animals

CLUSIUS, Carolus (Charles de l’ÉCLUSE). Exoticorum libri decem: quibus animalium, plantarum, aromatum.
[Leiden], Franciscus Raphelengius II (Plantin printing office), 1605. 3 parts containing 6 works in 1 edition. With a letterpress general title-page in an engraved architectural scrollwork border and more than 200 botanical and zoological woodcut illustrations in the text (including 1 full-page).
With: (2) CLUSIUS, Carolus. Curae posteriores.
[Leiden], Franciscus Raphelengius II (Plantin printing office), 1611. 2 parts in 1 edition. With a letterpress general title-page in an engraved architectural scrollwork border and 34 mostly botanical woodcut illustrations in the text. 2 editions in 1 volume. Folio. Portuguese black morocco (ca. 1850?), richly gold-tooled spine, gold-tooled boards, board edges and turn-ins (signed at the foot of the turn-in "M. Gomes"), gilt edges. Full description
€ 15,000
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A fine set in the original wrappers

DISTANT, William Lucas. A monograph of oriental Cicadidae.
London, printed by West, Newman & co., sold by King & Co., etc., 1889-1892. 7 parts. Large 4to (32 x 25.5 cm). With 15 lithographed plates, showing numerous figures, with the central figure of each plate coloured by hand. Publisher's original light blue printed wrappers. Full description
€ 1,750
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