Voyage à Madagascar au couronnement de Radama II.
Paris, Belin Frères, 1865. Royal-8vo (270 x 180mm). pp. (8), 575, (1), 4, 6, (2, blank), 48, 7, (1), with 7 engraved fine hand-colouter plates. Recent black calf, spine with gilt lines and letters.
Early description of the natural history of Madagascar. In 1862 Vinson was sent to Madagascar by Napoleon III to attend the coronation of Radama II. While there, he conducted valuable investigations of the islands' flora and fauna. The annex contains: A. Catalogue des Mammifères ... by J. Verreaux; B. Catalogue des Oiseaux. By J. Verreaux; C-E: Liste de Coléoptères, Hémiptères et Diptères. By Coquerel; F. Lépidoptères. By M.Guénée. 4 plates show butterflies and some spiders, the others lemurs. Small paper repair to a few leaves. The rare issue with the plates finely hand-coloured. Chadenat I, 2748; B.M.(Nat. Hist) V, 2226.
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