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Natural History / Reptiles & Amphibians

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. Full description
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Epoch-making study of snake venoms

FONTANA, Felice. Traité sur le vénin de la vipere sur les poisons Americains sur le laurier-cerise et sur quelques autres poisons végétaux. On y a joint des observations sur la structure primitive du corps animal. Différentes expériences sur la reproduction des nerfs et la description d'un nouveau canal de l'oeil.
Florence, (without publisher), 1781. 2 volumes. 4to. With 10 engraved plates. Contemporary half calf, gold-tooled spine. Full description
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Poisonous animals and plants, their venoms and antidotes, with 52 woodcuts, printed by Plantin

GRÉVIN, Jacques. Deux livres des venins.
Antwerp, Christoffel Plantin, 1568 (colophon: October 1567). With Plantin's woodcut device on the title-page and 52 woodcuts in the text, made for this edition by Jehan de Gourmont after drawings by Geoffroy Ballain, both in Paris.
With: (2) NICANDER of Colophon (translated by Jacques GRÉVIN). Les oeuvres de Nicandre.
Antwerp, Christoffel Plantin, 1567. With the same Plantin device. 2 works in 1 volume. 4to. French calf (ca. 1780?), gold-tooled spine, gold fillets on the boards and board edges. Full description
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Zoological work including unicorns and dragons, with 95 engraved plates

MERCKLEIN, Georg Abraham. Neu ausgefertigtes historisch-medicinisches Thier-Buch in vier besonderen Theilen verabfasset; ... Wobei verschiedene, wieder allerhand Kranckheiten bewehrte Geness-Mittel: angezeiget.
Nuremberg, Johan Friedrich Rüdiger, 1714. 8vo. With a double-page engraved frontispiece, engraved by Johan Lorentz Hönnig, a double-page letterpress title-page printed in red and black, and 95 engraved plates, each depicting several animals. Contemporary vellum. Full description
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German textbook on zoology, printed in Pottsville, Pennsylvania

REUBELT, John Adam. Kurzgefaßtes Handbuch der Naturgeschichte. Enthaltend wissenschaftliche und populäre Beschreibungen von dem Menschen, den Säugethieren, Vögeln, Amphibien, Fischen, Weich- und Gliederthieren.
Pottsville [Pennsylvania], C.W. Günther and the author, 1848. 8vo. With numerous woodcuts in text, depicting men and animals. Contemporary black half sheepskin. Full description
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A newly discovered lizard and a strange plant-animal, both with a coloured illustration

SCHLOSSER, Johan Albert. Epistola ad virum expertissimum, peritissimumque Ferdinandum Dejean, ... de Lacerta Amboinensi, novae plane hujus speciei, pulcherrimae et hucusque fere incognitae, accuratam descriptionem ac fidelem a peritis artificibus elaboratam delineationem aeri incisam, sistens. - Brief ... Behelzende eene naauwkeurige beschrijving der Amboinsche haagdis. Benevens eene zeer wel-gelijkende afbeelding deezer vostrekt-nieuwe, fraaije en tot heden toe genoegzaam onbekende soort, door bekwaame kunstenaars vervaardigd.
Amsterdam, for the author, 1768. With a beautiful large hand-coloured engraved folding plate (28.5 x 49.5 cm) of an Ambonese lizard by Simon Fokke after Gerrit Dadelbeek.
With: (2) BOLTEN, Joachim Frederick. Ad illustrem sytematis naturae authorem Carolum a Linné ... epistola de novo quodam zoophytorum genere. - Uitvoerige beschryving en naauwkeurige natuurlyk gekleurde afbeelding van een nieuwelyks ontdekt geheel onbekend plant-dier. Uit het Hoogduitsch vertaald.
Amsterdam, Jan Christiaan Sepp, 1771. With a large folding engraved plate (43 x 27.3 cm), hand-coloured and printed in gold, by Franz Nikolaus Rolffsen after H. Fischer. 2 works in 1 volume. Royal 4to (29 x 24 cm). Contemporary calf. Full description
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