FÉRUSSAC, A. DE & A. D'ORBIGNY.
Histoire naturelle des Céphalopodes Acétabulifères vivants et fossiles.
Paris, Lacour, 1835-1848. Folio (425 x 295mm). ATLAS: 102 lithographed plates of which 84 finely hand-coloured. Contemporary half cloth.
A complete copy has pp. lvi, 361, with 144 plates of which 117 coloured. The work, published in 21 parts, is the most splendid publication on cephalopods and is one of rarest natural history books. We have only sold one copy which was in 1953. The 102 plates we offer were published in 1834 and 1835 and comprise parts 1-11. The remaining plates were published in 1839-1842. The work is important as it describes numerous new species and is the first important compilation of cephalopods. The publication of the work was particularly lengthy and confused as Férussac died in 1836 and Orbigny had left for an eight year long voyage to South America. The plates are incredibly impressive drawn by the best French artists of the period such as J.G. Prêtre, A. Prévosts, Oudart and Werner. Many of the plates have been heightened with gum Arabic. The atlas is preserved in a contemporary half cloth binding, lacking a part from the lower spine. Some plates are loose. Apart from some minor foxing the plates are in fine condition. Nissen ZBI, 1347.
Item nr. 8727
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