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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. XXIV, 328 pp. Full description
€ 450
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First general systematic treatise on comparative anatomy

BLASIUS, Gerard. Anatome animalium, terrestrium variorum, volatilium, aquatilium, serpentum, insectorum, ovorumque, structuram naturalem ex veterum, recentiorum, propriisque observationibus proponens, figuris variis illustrata.
Amsterdam, J. van Someren, 1681. 4to. With engraved frontispiece by Jan Luyken, and 60 numbered and 5 unnumbered engraved plates. Contemporary vellum. [8], 496 pp. Full description
€ 1,250
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Newly discovered fish in the waters of Mauritius

BLEEKER, Pieter. Contribution à la faune ichthyologique de l'île Maurice.
Amsterdam, C.G. van der Post, 1878. Large 4to (28.5 x 23.5 cm). With 3 chromolithographed plates (1 folding) by L. Speigler after drawings by Bleeker, lithographed by Emrik & Binger. Original publisher's printed stiff paper wrappers. [1], [1 blank], 23, [1 blank] pp. Full description
€ 300
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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. [1], 33 pp. Full description
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The botany, geology and geography of Madeira, edited and illustrated by a pioneering female naturalist and annotated by Cuvier and Von Humboldt

BOWDICH, Thomas Edward, Sarah BOWDICH LEE (editor), George CUVIER and Alexander VON HUMBOLDT (annotators). Excursions dans les isles de Madère et de Porto-Santo, faites dans l'automne de 1827, pendant son troisième voyage en Afrique, ... Ouvrage traduite de l'Anglais et accompagné de notes de M. le Baron Cuvier et de M. le Baron de Humboldt.
Paris, F.G. Levrault, 1826. 2 volumes. 8vo (text) and 4to (plates). With 22 lithographed plates (3 double-page and 4 hand-coloured), most of them drawn and lithographed by Sarah Bowdich. Modern half morocco; the text volume with the original publisher's wrappers bound in. [1], [1 blank], [1], [1 blank], 447 pp. Full description
€ 2,500
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Rare early (5th?) edition of a popular work on angling, printed by Baskerville’s unofficial successor

BOWLKER, Charles. The art of angling; or, compleat fly-fisher. Describing the different kinds of fish, their haunts, places of feeding, and retirement; with an account of the generation of fishes, and observations on the breeding of carp. Together with directions how to regulate pools or ponds. Also the various kinds of baits, and the great diversity of flies that nature produces. To which are added, directions for making artificial flies.
Birmingham, Miles Swinney, 1788. 12mo. XI, 218, [2] pp. Full description
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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). [2], 152 pp. Full description
€ 6,000
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17 delicate Chinese drawings in bright colours: 5 botanical, 8 zoological and 5 portraits

[CHINA - WATERCOLOURS]. [17 Chinese watercolours made for the export market].
[China, first half of the 19th century]. Collection of 17 Chinese watercolours on Asian paper with chain lines, including 3 of birds seated on a branch, 3 of ensembles of fruit and flowers and 5 of fishes (all ca. 30 x 37 .5 cm); 2 further watercolours, each showing 2 branches of flowers and trees in a drawn oval border (ca. 39 x 30 cm); and 4 watercolours of Chinese people posing with objects (ca. 25 x 21 cm). In a modern gold-tooled dark green morocco clam shell box, in contemporary style. Full description
€ 25,000
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Rare school book on zoology with numerous wood-engraved illustrations

[DUTCH SOCIETY OF ARTS]. Klein natuurkundig museum. De dieren. Vogelen en insecten. Visschen en plantdieren.
The Hague, Nederlandsche Maatschappij van Schoone Kunsten, J.J. van Ryckevorsel, 1841. 4 parts in 1 volume. Small 4to. With numerous wood-engraved illustrations of animals in text, several full-page. Original half purple morocco. 64; 64; 64; 63, [1 blank] pp. Full description
€ 650
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