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Natural History / Drawings, Prints & Watercolours

First edition of one of the most important natural history books of the Renaissance,
with 158 hand-coloured woodcuts

BELON, Pierre. L'Histoire de la nature des oyseaux, avec leurs descriptions, & naïfs portaicts retirez du naturel: escrite en sept livres, ...
Paris, Gilles Corrozet (colophon: printed by Benoit Prévost), 1555. 7 parts in 1 volume. Folio. With woodcut portrait (apparently of the dedicatee King Henri II), large woodcuts of the skeletons of a man and a bird on pp. 40-41, and 158 woodcuts (157 birds, 1 bat). All coloured by a contemporary hand.  Late 19th-century gold-tooled parchment, each board with the coat of arms of Count of Goblet d'Alviella, probably the Belgian lawyer, senator and professor at the University of Brussels, Eugène Félicien Albert, Count Goblet d'Alviella (1846-1925), in a frame of fillets, spine with gold fillets, gilt edges. Full description
€ 65,000
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Richly illustrated account of Surinam, with the lithographs printed on China paper

BENOIT, Pierre Jacques. Voyage a Surinam. Description des possessions néerlandaises dans la Guyane.
Brussels, De Wasme et Laurent (back of half-title: Imprimerie de Societé des Beaux-Arts), 1839. Folio. With a lithographed frontispiece, a small wood engraved illustration on the title-page, and 99 tinted lithographed illustrations on 49 plates. All the lithographs printed on China paper and mounted on blank leaves. Contemporary black half morocco, gold- and blind-tooled spine. Full description
€ 3,000
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A series of 44 gouache drawings of carnations

[BOTANICAL DRAWINGS]. Unicolour, bicolour and tricolour carnations].
[The Netherlands or England?, ca. 1790?]. Imperial 16mo (16 x 11.5 cm). With a series of 44 gouache drawings on laid paper, each showing a single carnation on a black flower-shaped background, in three series, designated with letters and numbers. Mid-19th-century half tanned sheepskin. Full description
€ 5,800
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Fossils from the Brussels region, with 32 coloured plates

BURTIN, François-Xavier. Oryctographie de Bruxelles ou description des fossiles tant naturels qu'accidentels découverts jusqu'à ce jour dans les environs de cette ville.
[Brussels], Le Maire, 1784. Folio (46 x 28 cm). With engraved title-page by Pris after M.J. Speeckaert, and 32 engraved plates printed in brown and coloured by a contemporary hand. 19th-century half sheepskin (roan). Full description
€ 6,000
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With 42 original watercolour drawings of orchids. One of 12 sets produced

CAMUS, Edmond Gustave. Iconographie des orchidées des environs de Paris.
Paris, Paindebled, 1885. 2 volumes. Royal folio (atlas volume: 48 x 31 cm) and folio (text volume: 39.5 x 27 cm). With 42 original watercolour drawings, highlighted with gum arabic, each signed by the author. They are numbered 1-40, with a "duplicate" no. 25 and an unnumbered drawing not normally included in the series. The photogravure text volume with calligraphic wrapper-title and dedication, and text reproduced from manuscript (mostly from the author's autograph). The atlas volume with the watercolours mounted on heavy paper in the original green cloth portfolio. Full description
€ 12,500
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2 unpublished botanical manuscripts, with illustrations and
descriptions of 30 flowering plants and 90 trees and shrubs

[MANUSCRIPT - BOTANICAL]. CARRIÉRE, Jan Ph. Herbarium van bloemen en planten. 1ste deel.
[Watergraafsmeer, ca. 1884]. 1 volume. Small folio (22.5×20.5 cm). With 30 drawings of flowers in watercolour and ink, each with a description in Dutch on a separate leaf. The whole preceded by a title-page, a table of contents (1 page), and an introduction (2 pages). Contemporary black cloth, rebacked, modern endpapers.
With: (2) CARRIÉRE, Jan Ph. Herbarium van naar de natuurgeteekende bladeren, "afdeeling boomgewassen". [Title volume 2:] Herbarium van boombladeren.
Watergraafsmeer, 1884. 3 volumes. Small folio (22.5×20.5 cm). With 90 drawings of tree leaves in watercolour and ink, with a description in Dutch on a separate leaf. The first two volumes each with a title-page, a table of contents (1 page) and an introduction (1 page), and the third volume without preliminaries. Contemporary blue (vols. 1-2) and black (vol. 3) half cloth. The third volume rebacked with original backstrip laid down. Full description
€ 5,500
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Coloured Austrian cattle

[COLOUR-PLATE BOOK - CATTLE]. Abbildungen österreichischer Rindvieh-Racen.
Vienna, Kaiserliche Konigliche Hof-und Staatsdruckerei, 1859. With 27 numbered chromo-lithographed plates. Oblong folio text volume (34×46 cm) in original cloth-backed lithographed wrappers, the plates (each 33.5×45.5 cm) loose as issued, preserved together in the original gold- and blind-stamped blue cloth box (36.5×50 cm). Full description
€ 8,500
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Very rare first edition of Scandinavian fish,
with all 63 plates, 59 beautifully and subtly hand-coloured

FRIES, Bengt Fredrik, Carl Ulric EKSTRÖM [and Carl Jakob SUNDEVALL]. Skandinaviens Fiskar.
Including: Bihang, innefattande beskrifningar öfver de I Skandinavien bruklige Fiskeredskap.
Stockholm, P. A. Norstedt & sons, "1838" [= 1836-1857]. 10 parts (paginated as 3) in 1 volume. Large 4to (28.5 x 25 cm). With 63 lithographic plates, 59 beautifully and extremely subtly coloured by hand as published, some showing 2 or more fish per plate. Modern half tan morocco (Johanna Röjgård). Full description
€ 9,750
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