VAILLANT, L. & BOCOURT, M.
Mission Scientifique au Mexique et dans l'Amérique Centrale: ÉTUDES SUR LES POISSONS.
Paris, Imprimerie Nationale, (1874-) 1915. Folio (350 x 270mm). pp. (8), 265, with 20 lithographed plates of which 15 chromolithographed and finished by hand. Recent green half morocco, gilt lettered spine in 6 compartments.
A fine and rare complete copy of this superbly illustrated work on the fishes of Central America. The work forms part four of the 'Mission Scientifique...' comprising 13 volumes. The present volume is particularly rare as it was published in instalments over a period of over 40 years. Many of the fine coloured plates, heightened with gum-arabic, are by Bocourt and lithographed by Mesnel. "This well-known study of Central American natural history was issued in parts, some of the sections being still incomplete" (Wood p. 466). Léon Vaillant (1834-1914) was a noted French ichthyologist and herpetologist and professor of reptiles and fishes at the Paris Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle and 'thus came to hold the chair of Count de Lacepède and Dumérils and inherited resposibility for the then-largest collections of reptiles and fishes in the world' (Adler). First few leaves with an insignificant marginal dampstain. B.M.(Nat. Hist.) II, 605; Dean, Bibliography of fishes, II, 574.
Item nr. 7911
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