Histoire naturelle des Poissons du Bassin du Léman.

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Genève, H. Georg, 1874. Large-folio (495 x 330mm). pp. (4), xii, 209, (3), with 20 chromolithographic plates. Contemporary red half morocco, spine with gilt lines, frontcover with gilt lettering of the title.

the most beautiful Swiss book on fishes

First and only edition of this splendidly produced work on fishes. 120 copies were printed of which only 20 were put for sale. Together with J.L. Agassiz's 'Histoire naturelle des poissons d'eau douce de l'Europe central' the most beautiful Swiss book on fishes. The plates are very attractive as many have been printed with silver and gold colours. "Ähnlich naturgetreue Bilder, deren Farben mit wahrer Leidenschaft dem Leben abgerungen sind, finden sich in der 'Histoire naturelle des poissons...' von Godefroy Lunel. Sie sind vom Sohne des Verfassers, A. Lunel, gemalt und von dem Genfer Lithographen Jacomme in vorbildlicher Weise wiedergegeben..."(Nissen, Schöne Fischbücher p. 29). Godefroy Lunel (1814-1891) was the first director of the 'Museum d'Histoire Naturelle de Genève'. A well preserved copy of this rare work.

Nissen, Schöne Fischbücher 90; B.M.(N.H.)III, 1195; Dean II, 71.