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Natural history of Switzerland
with ca. 90 extra illustrations and a manuscript letter

ANDREAE, Johann Gerhard R. Briefe aus der Schweiz nach Hannover geschreiben, in dem Jare 1763. Zweiter Abdruk.
Zurich & Winterthur, Johann Casper Fussli the younger, 1776. 4to. With engraved map of Switzerland on the title-page, 10 engravings in the text, and 18 engraved plates (including 3 folding). Contemporary mottled calf, gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 12,500
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Illustrated work on ranunculi, with 6 hand-coloured engraved plates

ARDÈNE, Jean Paul Rome de. Tractat von den Ranunkeln worinnen nebst andern physischen Wahrnehmungen auch zum Feldbau und zur Gärtnerey gehörige nützliche Anmerkungen vorkommen. Aus dem Französischen übersetzt von D.G.L.H.
Nuremberg, Gabriel Nicolaus Raspe, 1754. 8vo. With the title-page and the engraved frontispiece printed in red, and 6 folding engraved plates coloured by a contemporary hand. Later grey paper boards. Full description
€ 1,750
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Manual on ranunculi

ARDÈNE, Jean Paul Rome de. Traité des renoncules, qui contient, outre ce qui regarde ces fleurs, beaucoup d'observations physiques & de remarques utiles, soit pour l'agriculture, soit pour le jardinage. Troisième édition.
Avignon, Louis Chambeau, 1763. 12mo. With 6 folding engraved plates. Contemporary mottled calf, richly gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 475
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Italian florilegium, only copy known with 65 plates printed in up to 6 colours

ARENA, Filippo. La natura, e coltura de' fiori fisicamente esposta.
Palermo, Angelo Felicella, 1767-1768. 2 text volumes (4to), bound as 3, and 1 plates volume (oblong folio). With 65 engraved plates printed in colour, occasionally combining up to 6 colours on one plate. The first plate (here wholly printed in dark green) serves as an (allegorical) frontispiece and includes the name of the author and that of Mario Cammerari, the second plate depicts tools, seeds and details of flowers, the third plate contains parterre designs and the other plates depict flowers (several to each plate). Modern flexible boards, covered with decorated paper. Full description
€ 85,000
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Rare classic of Elizabethan horsemanship

ASTLEY, John. The art of riding, set foorth in a breefe treatise, with a due interpretation out of certeine places alledged out of Xenophon, and Gryson ...
London, Henry Denham, 1584. 4to. Gold-tooled red morocco (ca. 1890) by Riviere & son; rebacked, with the original backstrip laid down. Full description
€ 28,000
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Using the classifications of Klein, Artedi and Linnaeus

[AUBERT DE LA CHESNAYE DES BOIS, Francois-Alexandre]. Système naturel du regne animal, par classes, familles ou ordres, genres et especes. Avec une notice de tous les animaux; les noms Grecs, Latins, & vulgaires, que les naturalistes leur ont donnés; ...
Paris, C.J.B. Bauche, 1754. 2 volumes bound as 1. 8vo. With two engraved portraits (Jacobus Theodorus Klein and Linnaeus) and 6 engraved plates. Contemporary calf, richly gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 700
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First edition of Audubon's extraordinary coloured plates of quadrupeds

AUDUBON, John James. The viviparous quadrupeds of North America.
New York, John James Audubon, 1845-1848. 3 volumes. Large 1mo (70×55 cm). With 150 striking coloured plates, all lithographed on stone, printed and coloured by J.T. Bowen of Philadelphia, after drawings by after John James and John Woodhouse Audubon, and the backgrounds after Victor Audubon. Each volume also with a title-page and a list of contents. Late 19th-century black morocco. Full description
€ 650,000
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“to this day a major source of information about the land and peoples of Paraguay and Río de la Plata”

AZARA, Félix Manuel de. Voyages dans l'Amérique Méridionale, ... depuis 1781 jusqu'en 1801; contenant la description géographique, politique et civile du Paraguay et de la rivière de La Plata; ...
Paris, Dentu, 1809. 8vo (4 text volumes) and folio (1 atlas volume). With 3 folding tables and 25 engraved maps, plans, views and plates of animals and birds. Modern black half calf, gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 16,500
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