Animaux nouveaux ou rares recueillis pendant l'expédition dans les parties centrales de l'Amérique du Sud, de Rio de Janeiro à Lima, et de Lima au Para; exécutée par ordre dugouvernement français pendant les années 1843 à 1847 ... GERVAIS, P. Mammifères.
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Paris, P. Bertrand, 1855. Large-4to (305 x 235mm). pp. (4), 116, with 20 (12 hand-coloured) lithographed plates. Contemporary half cloth printed boards.
one of the most valuable contributions of its kind in all zoological literature
Complete part on the mammals of this famous expedition to a large part of South-America, of which Wood said that it was one of the most valuable contributions of its kind in all zoological literature. François de Castelnau (1810-1880) was a French naturalist and studied natural history under Cuvier and Saint Hilaire. The collection of hundreds of zoological specimens and 5,000-6,000 plant specimens resulted in the discovery of many new species. The coloured plates are by Werner. Jean-Charles Werner (1798-1856) was a natural history artist and comparative anatomist for the Muséum d?Histoire Naturelle in Paris, where he contributed some 350 paintings of animals on vellum for the famous Collection des vélins between the years 1826 and 1856.
cf. Nissen ZBI, 837; cf. Wood 281.