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Classification of fishes by an important naturalist

BONAPARTE, Charles Lucien.
Catalogo metodico dei pesci Europei.
Naples, Stamperia e cartiere del Fibreno, 1846. Large 4to (32.5 x 23.5 cm). With a vignette of two fish on the title page. Contemporary green wrappers. 97, [1 blank], [1], [1 blank] pp.
€ 1,250
First and only edition of the standalone version of a systematic classification of European species of fish by the French naturalist Charles Lucien Bonaparte (1803-1857). This publication - in Latin but with an Italian title - was also published as part of the proceedings of the 7th congress of Italian scientists held in Naples in 1845, at which Bonaparte presided over the zoological commission. "As early as 1831 Bonaparte became interested on the great principle of classification and was critical of Cuvier's concepts. ... In ichthyology Bonaparte made use of the location, the structure and the relationships of the branchiae in the classification of fishes. ... Bonaparte tried to establish our knowledge of various zoological groups once and for all, and published numerous synopses, conspectuses, and catalogs" (DSB).
Binding worn with the head of the spine damaged and a large tear at the back repaired with tape. Some foxing throughout but otherwise in good condition. Dean I, p. 149 1845.2; DSB II, pp. 281-283; Mulder Bosgoed, Bibliotheca ichthyologica et piscatoria, 591.
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Natural history  >  Fishes / Ichthyology