Voyage dans la Russie Méridionale et la Crimée, par la Hongrie, la Valachie et la Moldavie, exécuté en 1837 ... dédié à S.M. Nicolas Ier, Empereur de toutes les Russes: ATLASD'HISTOIRE NATURELLE.
Paris, E. Bourdin, 1842. Folio (435 x 280mm). With 95 engraved plates (including 4 folded maps), ofwhich 84 beautifully hand-coloured. Contemporary blond calf, gilt decorated spines, sides with double gilt borders, gilt edges.
Most probably the finest plates on Russian natural history. The spectacular plates, some heightenedwith gold and silver, are made after drawings by the most famous natural history artists of the period such as Travies, Prêtre and Oudart. Especially the ichthyological plates are of a great beauty and belong to the very best ever made on this subject. Demidoff (1812-1870) was a well-known traveller, who married Princess Mathilde, daughter of Jerôme Bonaparte. The plates are arranged as follows: Pisces 32 hand-coloured plates; Aves 3 hand-coloured plates, Amphibia (& Reptilia) 13 hand-coloured plates; Polypi 3 (1 hand-coloured) plates; Ecailles des Poissons et des Reptiles 3 hand-coloured plates; Mammalia 4 hand-coloured plates, Crustacea 1 hand-coloured plate; Arachnoidea 1 hand-coloured plate, Cryptogamia 7 hand-coloured plates; Mollusca 12 hand-coloured plates; Geologie 4 hand-coloured plates & 4 (3 hand-coloured folded) maps; Terrain Carbonifères 8 plates. "... the 13 hand-coloured, engraved plates... represent the first coloured iconography of the reptiles of southern Russia to be published" (Adler III p. 110). Nissen ZBI, 1072.
Item nr. 9493
The price shown does not include 6% V.A.T. As a result of the EU legislation we are required to charge our EU customers 6% V.A.T., unless they possess a V.A.T. registration number.