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Largest assembly of natural history illustrations published before the 18th century

ALDROVANDI (ALDOVANDUS), Ulisse. [Opera omnia].
Bologna, 1599-1668. 13 volumes. Folio (35 x 24 cm). With engraved title-page to each volume, engraved full-page portrait of Aldrovandi in 3 volumes and several thousand woodcut illustrations in text, mostly after designs by J. Ligozzi and many full-page. Blind-tooled vellum (ca. 1645 & ca. 1670), with a large centrepiece on each board (the 11 volumes dated 1599-1642 from a single block; the 2 volumes dated 1648 & 1667 from a different block), the spines uniformly gold-tooled in the 18th-century. Full description
€ 150,000
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"A landmark in the history of geology" (DSB)

CUVIER, Georges and Alexandre BRONGNIART. Description géologique des environs de Paris ... Nouvelle édition, dans laquelle on a inséré la description d'un grand nombre de lieux de l'Allemagne, de la Suisse, de l'Italie, etc., qui présentent des terrains analogues à ceux du bassin de Paris.
Paris and Amsterdam, G. Dufour and E. d'Ocagne, 1822. Large 4to (30 x 22.5 cm). With a folding hand-coloured engraved map, a folding engraved plate, and 16 lithographed plates (1 hand-coloured). Modern half morocco. [3], [1 blank], [1], [1 blank], VIII, 428 pp. Full description
€ 1,500
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Most extensive edition of a fundamental classic of vertebrate palaeontology with 280 illustrations

CUVIER, Georges. Recherches sur les ossemens fossiles, où l'on rétablit les caractères de plusieurs animaux dont les revolutions du globe ont détruit les espèces. Quatrième edition.
Paris, Edmond d'Ocagne, J.B. Bailière, F.G. Levrault, Crochard, Roret, 1834-1836. 10 text volumes (8vo) (volume 8 in 2 parts) and 2 atlas volumes (4to). With engraved author's portrait, 260 [=261] numbered (partly folded) engraved plates and 18 plates numbered A-F (no plate I), including 2 hand-coloured engraved maps (1 folded), 1 engraved cross-section of the terrain of Paris and 15 lithographed plates. Uniform contemporary green half morocco, gold-tooled spines. [4], XXIV, 587; [4], 500; [4], 432; [4], IV, 691; [4], 687, [1]; [4], 452; [4], 533, [1]; [4], 462, [1]; [4], 332; [4], 501, [1 blank], [1]; [4], 494, [1]; [4], 94; 106 pp. Full description
€ 3,375
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Fossils from the Triassic and Cretaceous period in Sussex

DIXON, Frederick. The geology and fossils of the tertiary and cretaceous formations of Sussex.
London, Richard and John Edward Taylor, 1850. Large 4to (32 x 24.5 cm). With a hand-coloured lithographed frontispiece and 44 lithographed and engraved plates (including 2 coloured by hand and 2 double-page). Contemporary green cloth, new endpapers. XVI, I-XVI, 422, [2] pp. Full description
€ 700
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Catalogue of the fossil fish in the two largest and finest collections of the time

EGERTON, Philip Grey. A systematic and stratigraphical catalogue of the fossil fish in the cabinets of Lord Cole and Sir Philip Grey Egerton; together with an alphabetical and stratigraphical catalogue of the same species, with references to their published figures and descriptions.
London, Richard & John E. Taylor, 1837. Large 4to (28.5 x 22.5 cm). Contemporary blue wrappers. [22] pp. Full description
€ 1,250
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