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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.
€ 300
First edition of the last work by the well-known Dutch ichthyologist Pieter Bleeker (1819-1878), dealing with fish living in the waters around Mauritius, published by the Dutch Royal Academy of Sciences. It contains descriptions of three newly discovered fish, which are beautifully depicted on the plates. The rest of the work consists of a list with all the known fish species swimming in the waters of Mauritius: a total of 471 species.
Spine tattered. Internally in very good condition, bolts unopened. Toussaint & Adolphe D164; not in Nissen.
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Africa  >  East & Southern Africa | Natural History
Natural history  >  Fishes / Ichthyology