Description des Animaux sans Vertèbres découverts dans le Bassin de Paris pour servir de supplément à la description des Coquilles Fossiles des environs de Paris comprenant une revue générale de toutes les espèces actuellement connues.
Paris, Baillière et Fils, (1856) 1860-1866. 3 text-volumes and 2 atlases. Large-4to (293 x 230mm). pp. (4), 912; (4), 968; (4), 668; (4), 88; (4), 107, with 196 lithographed plates and descriptive text. Contemporary half calf, spines in 6 compartments with red and green gilt lettered labels.
One of the rarest works on fossil shells. The last copy we offered was in 1956, a copy from the library of Gustave Dollfus. Gérard Paul Deshayes, born 1796 at Nancy, studied medicine in Strasburg and Paris, but never entered into professional practice. He taught privately, and devoted his leisure to zoological and conchological studies. In 1869 he was appointed Professor of Conchology at the Museum in Paris. After his death his splendid collection, containing many new type specimens, was acquired by the State, and is exhibited in the School of Mines in Paris. His most significant works, both superbly produced are 'Desciption des Coquilles Fossiles des environs de Paris' and the present work. "Among the numerous other well-known French workers of the time the name of Gérard Paul Deshayes is pre-eminent. His publications appear almost without intermission from the 1820's to the 1870's, some of them weighty and most of them conchological" (Dance pp. 138-9). The text-volumes have the following sub-titles: I. Mollusques Acéphales Dimyaires; II. Mollusques Acéphales Monomyaires et Brachiopodes Mollusques céphalés. Première Partie; III. Mollusques céphalés, Deuxième Partie. Mollusques céphalopodes. A fine and attractively bound copy. Provenance: Armorial bookplate of Cajetani O'Gorman. Nissen ZBI, 1089.
Item nr. 9299
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