Historia fisica y politica de Chile: ATLAS ZOOLOGIA.
Paris, en casa del autor/ Chile, en el Museo de Historia Natural de Santiago, (1848). Folio (370 x 290mm). With 135 engraved or lithographed plates of which 131 beautifully hand-coloured. Contemporary blue half calf, gilt lettered and ornamented spine, marbled sides (frontcover hinge repaired).
A complete copy of the zoological atlas of this famous and comprehensive natural history work on Chile. The plates are in mint condition without the usual foxing. Gay was a French naturalist who on the instigation of Desfontaines and Jussieu departed to Chile to study its flora, fauna and geology during a period of almost 11 years. This monumental work was financed by the Chilian government. "Le plus vaste monument scientifiqe depuis l'oeuvre immortelle de Humboldt ait été publié sur l'Amérique méridionale" (Nouv. Bibl. Gén.). The atlas comprises among others 11 plates on mammals, 13 on birds, 9 on herpetology, 17 on fishes, 32 on coleoptera, 7 on lepidoptera; 14 on shells. The excellent plates are by Werner, A.Prevost, P. Oudart, Prêtre, Blanchard, the best natural history French artists of the period and have all been superbly hand-coloured and heightened with gum arabic. Two issues were published one with plain and the other with hand-coloured plates. The above copy is the scarce coloured issue. Our copy has the 20 coloured maps and the 2 plain antiquity plates which do not belong to the zoological atlas. The bird plate 'Loyca' supplied from another copy and has slightly smaller margins. Zimmer I, 237; Nissen ZBI, 1488.
Item nr. 9575
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