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beautifully illustrated treatise on the Lepidoptera and associated flora of the American South

ABBOT, J. & SMITH, J.E. The Natural History of the Rarer Lepidopterous Insects of Georgia.

London, T. Bensley for J. Edwards, Cadell and Davies, and J. White, 1797. 2 volumes. Folio (405 x 315mm). pp. (8), xvi, (1), 1-98; pp. (4), 99-208,...

EUR 65,000

noble in conception and impressive in execution

Its plates, heightened with gold, and so finished that they are little less than hand-illuminated engravings, make this one of the most beautiful books of its era

AUDEBERT, J.B. & VIEILLOT, L.P. Oiseaux Dorés ou à Reflets Métalliques. Histoire Naturelle et Générale des Colibris, Oiseaux-Mouches, Jacamars et Promerops/ Histoire Naturelle et Générale des Grimpéraux et des Oiseaux de Paradis.

Paris, AN XI- (1800-) 1802. 2 volumes. Large folio (510 x 335mm). With 190 (1 double-page) colour-printed engraved plates by Audebert, many heighte...

EUR 48,000

the most spendid work on monkeys ever published

AUDEBERT, J.B. Histoire Naturelle des Singes , peints d'après nature.

Paris, chez l'Auteur/ H.J. Jansen, 1797. Large folio (496 x 326 mm). With 61 engraved plates printed in colour and 2 plain engraved anatomical plat...

EUR 25,000

the finest natural history encyclopaedia ever made for children

The diary in form of a sketchbook in chronological order of Freiherr Ernst von Bibra's well-known voyage to South America

[BIBRA, ERNST VON.] Zur Südamerikanischen Reise. 1849-1850.

German manuscript, title with motto and 139 illustrated leaves, mostly pencil or brown pen drawings, about 20 with handcolouring, some grey-, brown...

EUR 28,000

A beautiful large uncut copy, given by the author to his wife with the following dedication: "A Madame la Princesse Zénaide Bonaparte, modèle des épouses et des mères. L'Autheur après vingt ans de mariage".

BONAPARTE, C.L.J.L. (Prince of Canino). Iconografia della Fauna Italica per le quattro classi degli animali vertebrati.

Mammiferi e Uccelli, Anfibi, Pesci. Roma, Tipografia Salviucci, 1832-1841. 3 volumes. Folio (378 x 270mm). pp. (1104), with 180 very fine hand-colo...

EUR 28,000

early botanical album, displaying exotics, perennials and garden flowers in full bloom

BOTANICAL MANUSCRIPT. A mid-17th century German Flower manuscript with 118 watercolours brightly painted in gouache on 117 leaves.

(Saxony ca. 1650). Folio (315 x 200mm). Contemporary vellum, upper cover with gilt lettered monograph H. H. and Date 1665.

EUR 30,000

The scarcest book on American Game-Birds

BROWN, T. Illustrations of the Game Birds of North America Chiefly the size of Nature.

Edinburgh, Frazer & Co.; Dublin, William Curry Jnr. & Co.; Glasgow, John Smith & Son; London, Smith, Elder & Co., 1834. Folio (546 x 410mm). With ...

EUR 38,000

one of the most beautiful German florilegia illustrating numerous exotic and unusual plants

BRY, J.T. DE. Anthologia Meriana CXV. continens plantarum, florum maxime, egregie sculptas tabulas, addito indice, in quo tum antiquiora illarum, tum etiam Linnaeana occurrunt nomina. Editio nova.

Francofurti et Lipsaie, apud Joann. Georg. Fleischer, 1776. Folio (353 x 227mm). pp. 6, with 115 (4folded) engraved plates. Contemporary vellum, sp...

EUR 29,000

A well preserved set, of this great classic on natural history, dealing almost exclusively with zoology

BUFFON, (G.L.L.) & LACEPEDE, (B.G.E.). Histoire Naturelle, Générale et Particulière, avec la description du Cabinet du Roy .

Paris, l' Imprimerie Royale, Hôtel de Thou, Plassan, 1749-1804. 44 volumes. 4to (245 x 192mm). With1 engraved portrait of Buffon, 4 folded tables,...

EUR 36,000

The superb original watercolours, of which 43 are signed 'P. Duménil' are of a high artistic quality

Copies of the above survey of the animal kingdom of Southern Italy are extremely rare

COSTA, O.G & COSTA, A. Fauna del regno di Napoli, ossia enumerazione di tutti gli animali?

Napoli, Tramater, (1829) 1832-1859. 11 volumes. 4to (270 x 220mm). With 377 mostly hand-coloured engraved plates. Later half vellum, gilt ornamente...

EUR 25,000

the early years of this famous and beautifully illustrated magazine

CURTIS, W. The Botanical Magazine; or, Flower-Garden displayed: in which the most ornamental foreign plants, cultivated in the open ground, the green-house, and the stove, are accurately represented in their natural colours...

London, S. Couchman, 1793-1814. 40 volumes, bound in 20. 8vo (235 x 140mm). With 1684 fine hand-coloured engraved plates. Contemporary uniform red ...

EUR 20,000

ONE OF TWO COMPLETE COPIES KNOWN (see Hunt 24)

DEN GROTEN HERBARIUS MET AL SIJN FIGUREN DIE ORTUS SANITATIS GENAEMT IS OM DIE CRACHTEN VÃ ALLE CRUYDEN TE WETENÉ?.

Antwerpen, (Claes) de Grave, June 1526. Folio (270 x 195mm). 188 Leaves, with over 400 woodcuts. Early 20th century red morocco, richly gilt decora...

EUR 29,000

The number of new species figured by Doubleday is very considerable, and is even larger than appears at first sight

DOUBLEDAY, E. & WESTWOOD, J.O. The genera of Diurnal Lepidoptera: comprising their generic characters, a notice of their habits and transformations, and a catalogue of the species of each genus.

London, Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1846-1852. 2 volumes. Folio (375 x 270mm). pp. xi, (1), 1-250; (2), 251- 534, with 86 lithographed pla...

EUR 19,000

Monumental work on the European avifauna

DRESSER, H.E. A history of the birds of Europe, including all the species inhabiting the western palaearctic region.

London, published by the author, 1871-1896. 9 volumes (including the supplement). Large-4to (315 x 245mm). With 723 (721 handcoloured) lithographic...

EUR 17,000

one of the finest works on fishing and fisheries in any language

DUHAMEL DU MONCEAU, H.L. & DE LA MARRE, L.H. Traité Général des Pesches, et histoire des Poissons qu'elles fournissent, tant pour la subsistance des hommes, que pour plusieurs autres usages qui ont rapport aux arts et au commerce.

Paris, Saillant & Nyon/ Desaint, 1769-1782. 4 volumes bound in 12. Folio (445 x 290mm). With 250 folding engraved plates. Later half calf, gilt orn...

EUR 18,000

the most splendid monograph ever made on this group of animals (Cats, Lions, Pumas, Tigers, Panthers)

ELLIOT, D.G. A Monograph of the Felidae or Family of Cats.

London, by the Author, (1878-) 1883. Large folio (597 x 477mm). With 43 splendid handcoloured lithographed plates from drawings by Joseph Wolf and ...

EUR 95,000

one of the most ambitious entomological publications of the eighteenth century

ENGRAMELLE, M.D.J. Papillons d'Europe, peints d'après nature par M. Ernst, gravé par M. Gerardin et coloriés sous leur direction ... Décrits par le R.P. Engramelle.

Paris, Delaguette/ Basan & Poignant, 1779-1792 (-1793). 8 volumes, bound in 6. Large-4to (320 x 245mm). With 3 (2 hand-coloured) engraved frontispi...

EUR 21,000

beautiful lepidopterological classic complete with the supplements

ESPER, E.J.C. & TOUSSAINT VON CHARPENTIER. Die Schmetterlinge in Abbildungen nach der Natur mit Beschreibungen von Eugenius Johann Christoph Esper. Herausgegeben mit Zusätzen von Toussaint von Charpentier. EuropäischeGattungen.

Leipzig, T.O. Weigel, (1829-1839). 7 volumes (5 volumes of text and 4 supplements bound in 5 & 2 volumes of plates in portfolio). 4to (270 x 215mm...

EUR 17,000

The manuscript therefore constitutes an important documentation for the history of olive cultivation

FANTONI, COUNT LUIGI. [Manuscript on Olive Trees and Olive Oil of Tuscany and some adjacent areas, by Count Luigi Fantoni].

Delle specie diverse d'Olivi che si trovano ne Monti della Fattoria d'Agnano Territorio Pisano, spettante a S(ua) A(ltezza) S(erenissima) etc. Con...

EUR 38,000

one of the finest examples of French colour-printing by Langlois

FÉRUSSAC, A. DE. & DESHAYES, G.P. Histoire Naturelle générale et particulière des Mollusques Terrestres et Fluviatiles ...

Paris, J.B. Baillière, 1820-1851. 4 volumes. Folio (430 x 300mm). pp. viii, 402; (4), xvi, 1-184 (60 pages of 96 bis), 260, 22 (explication des pl...

EUR 22,000

One of the rarest lepidopterological iconographies, published in 120 parts over a period of 25 years

FREYER, C.F. Neuere Beiträge zur Schmetterlingskunde mit Abbildungen nach der Natur.

Augsburg, beim Verfasser/ in Kommission bei der C. Kollmann'schen Buchhandlung/ in Kommission bei der Matth. Rieger'schen Buchhandlung, (1827) 1833...

EUR 23,000

the most important scientific expedition to Scandinavia

GAIMARD, P. Voyage en Scandinavie, en Laponie, au Spitzberg et aux Feröe pendant les années 1838-1840 sur la corvette La Recherche, commandée par M. Fabvre. Publiés par ordre du Roi sousla direction de M. Paul Gaimard.

Paris, A. Bertrand, (1842-1855). 17 text-volumes (bound in 16). 8vo (220 x 140mm). & 5 atlases (bound in 3), with 449 (76 hand-coloured) plates. Fo...

EUR 39,000

A very rare complete set of the first editions of Gessner's 'Historia Animalium'

The excessively rare German edition of Gould's 'Monograph of the Ramphastidae, or family of Toucans

GOULD, J. J. Gould's Monographie der Ramphastiden oder Tukanartigen Vögel, aus dem Englischen übersetzt, mit Zusätzen und einigen neuen Arten vermehrt von J.H.C.F. Sturm und J.W. Sturm.

Nürnberg, Gedruckt auf Kosten der Herausgeber, 1841-1847. 4 parts, bound in one. 4to (325 x 235mm).With 38 lithographed plates of which 36 beautif...

EUR 15,000

The Italian woodcuts are based on the German 'Herbarius' cuts but all are newly designed, being finer in execution

(HERBARIUS LATINUS). Tractatus de Virtutibus Herbarum. (colophon:)

Venice, Joannes Rubeus and Bernardinus Vercellensis, March 15 1509. 4to (210 x 150 mm), ff. (4), 150, (18, including terminal blank), with 150 wood...

EUR 12,000

the greatest and largest botanical publication of the eighteenth century

One of the very few copies with superb gouache handcolouring of the plates

The 'Hortus sanitatis', in its many editions and translations was the most popular and influential herbal of its time

The plates are very much in the 'Jacquin' style, elegantly engraved and highly coloured in watercolours and bodycolours

HOST, N.T. Salix.

Vienna, Typis viduae Antonii Strauss, 1828. Large folio (485 x 340mm). pp. (x), 34, with 105 fine hand-coloured engraved plates. Contemporary marbl...

EUR 21,000

The most attractive book on wood ever published

The drawings? are also admirable, and from a botanical point of view beyond praise

JORDAN, A. & J. FOURREAU. Icones ad floram Europae novo fundamento instaurandam spectantes.

Paris, Savy, 1866-1903. 3 volumes. Folio (400 x 305mm). With 501 finely hand-coloured engraved plates. Contemporary uniform half calf, spines in 5 ...

EUR 15,000

one of the most beautiful shell books ever made

KIENER, L.C. Spécies Général et Iconographie des Coquilles Vivantes, comprenant la collection du Muséum d'Histoire Naturelle de Paris, la collection Lamarck, celle du Prince Masséna et les découvertes récentes des Voyageurs.

Paris, Rousseau/ Baillière, (1834)-1880. 11 volumes (bound in 12). Royal-8vo (240 x 160mm). With 902 fine handcoloured engraved plates. Contempora...

EUR 22,000

Among the finest of all bird plates

KNIP, P., TEMMINCK, C.J. & PREVOST, F. Les Pigeons, par Madame Knip, née Pauline de Courcelles, le texte par C.J. Themminck... (volume I), Deuxième édition

& F. PREVOST (volume II). Paris, Mme. Knip, Bellizard, Dufour & Cie, (1838-1843). 2 volumes. Folio (535 x 355mm). (I:) With 87 engraved plates, pri...

EUR 50,000

the most beautiful flora of the Netherlands

KOPS, J. Flora Batava, afgebeeld door en van wegens J.C. Sepp en zoon; beschreven door Jan Kops.

Amsterdam, Leiden, Haarlem, s'Gravenhage, J.C. Sepp en Zoon, and others, (1800)-1920. Volumes 1-25 (of 28) & 1 index volume. 4to (295 x 240mm). Wit...

EUR 18,500

he persuaded the young Redouté to make fifty-four drawings for his 'magnum opus'

L'HERITIER DE BRUTELLE, C.-L. Stirpes novae, aut minus cognitae, quas descriptionibus et iconibus illustravit.

Parisiis, P.-D. Pierres, 1784-1785. 6 parts (bound in one volumes). Folio (504 x 340mm). With titles to all 6 parts and 91 (2 double-page) engraved...

EUR 16,000

the most beautiful illustrations of parrots ever published and one of the finest bird-books of all time

LEVAILLANT, F. Histoire naturelle des Perroquets...

Paris, Levrault, frères, 1801-1805. 2 volumes. Folio (495 x 312mm). pp. (viii), 135, (1, index); (iv), 112, (1, index), with 145 etched plates pri...

EUR 150,000

one of the rarest iconographies published on Orchids

LINDENIA. ICONOGRAPHIE DES ORCHIDEES. edited by L. Linden (J. Linden & E. Rodigas a.o.).

Ghent/ Bruxelles 1855-1903. 17 volumes. Folio (350 x 260 mm). With 798 chromolithographed plates and 1 plain plate. Contemporary half cloth, gilt l...

EUR 38,000

One of the finest orchid books ever published

LINDLEY, J. Sertum Orchidaceum: A Wreath of the Most Beautiful Orchidaceous Flowers.

London, James Ridgway and Sons, (1837-) 1838 (-41). Folio (545 x 360mm). pp. (xiv, 78), with a handcoloured lithographed frontispiece, dedication t...

EUR 20,000

A superbly bound large paper copy

LISTER, M. Historiae sive synopsis methodicae Conchyliorum et tabularum anatomicarum.

Editio altera. Oxonii, typogr. Clarendoniano, 1770. 4 parts & appendix (bound in 1 volume). Folio (365 x 245mm). pp. iv, (4), 12, 77, 6, 7, with 43...

EUR 28,000

portraying marine shells from all over the world including shells from Cook's voyage into the Pacific

MARTINI, F.H. & CHEMNITZ, J.H. Neues systematisches Conchylien-Cabinet.

Nürnberg, G.N. Raspe, 1769-1795. 11 volumes (including the Index volume by Schröter). 4to (395 x 235mm). With 1 hand-coloured engraved frontispie...

EUR 35,000

One of the most beautiful of all shell books, containing exquisite renderings of shells collected on Cook's three voyages

MARTYN, T. The Universal Conchologist, exhibiting the Figure of every known Shell, accurately drawn and painted after Nature: with a new systematic arrangement by the Author ... London,sold at his house no.

16 Great Malborough Street, (1784-) 1789. 2 volumes bound in one. Large 4to (345 x 280mm). With handcoloured engraved frontispiece of a shell withi...

EUR 28,000

A rare complete set of 'The Universal Conchologist', in the large-format 'deluxe' issue

the most attractive work on fruit published in Germany

the De Luxe issue with 2 engravings, occasionally one, printed on one leaf instead of 4 in the regular edition

The colouring is bright and splendid; the fine plates were drawn and engraved by the author himself, who was a miniature-painter, engraver and art-dealer at Nürnberg

Philip Miller, called by Linnaeus 'the greatest gardener of his time', was director of the Chelsea Gardens

The first comprehensive account of the avi-fauna of Germany

NAUMANN, J.F. Johann Andreas Naumann's... Naturgeschichte der Vögel Deutschlands, nach eigenen Erfahrungen entworfen... herausgegeben von dessen Sohne Johann Friedrich Naumann.

Leipzig, E. Fleischer, 1820-1844 (volumes 1-12); Stuttgart, Hoffmann, (1860), (volume 13). 13 volumes. Royal-8vo (228 x 141mm). With 3 engraved por...

EUR 27,500

the most beautiful miniature entomological work ever published

PANZER, G.W.F. & GEYER, C. Faunae Insectorum Germanicae Initia oder Deutschlands Insecten.

Nürnberg, in der Felseckerschen Buchhandlung, 1793-1823. 110 parts, loose in old wrappers and preserved in 9 boxes. Oblong small-8vo (125 x 95mm)....

EUR 16,000

the most extensive documentation on the Brazilian flora and fauna of the 17th century

PISO, W. & MARCGRAF, G. Historia naturalis Brasiliae, ... in qua non tantum Plantae et Animalia, sed et indigenarum morbi, ingenia et mores describuntur...

Lugdun. Batavorum et Amstelodami, F. Hackium apud L. Elzevirium, 1648. Folio (397 x 248mm). pp. (xii, including frontispiece), 122, (2); (iv), 293...

EUR 18,000

A very unusual long botanical scroll, showing 62 different species, each depiction of a plant

PLANTS OF WESTERN JAPAN. (Chûshoto okonomi no bunezu). Japanese exceptionally long horizontal painted scroll (11.5 meters by 26 cm.) showing 62 species of plants of Western Japan.

End 18th or beginning 19th century. Colour painted on mulberry paper, with Japanese calligraphy, mounted on a wooden roller, endpaper decorated wit...

EUR 28,000

A fine copy of noble provenance of the most attractive fruit book ever produced

POITEAU, A. Pomologie française. Recueil des plus beaux Fruits cultivés en France...

Paris, Langlois et Leclercq, 1846. 4 volumes. Folio (413 x 280mm). With three plain and 420 stipple-engraved plates printed in colours and finished...

EUR 135,000

the rare first 8vo-edition of the most famous book on roses

REDOUTE, P.J. & THORRY, C.A. Les Roses peintes par P.J. Redouté ... décrites par C.A. Thorry.

Paris, C.L.F. Panckoucke, 1824. 2 volumes. Royal-8vo (235 x 155mm). With 160 colour-printed engraved plates, partly finished by hand. Contemporary ...

EUR 15,000

Perhaps the most impressive French botanical book of the period

REGNAULT, N.F. La Botanique mise à la portée de tout le monde ou collection des plantes d'usage dans la médecine, dans les alimens et dans les arts.

Avec des notices instructives pulsées dans les auteurs les plus célèbres, contenant la description,le climât, la culture, les propriétés et l...

EUR 28,000

The beautifully drawn watercolour drawings of caterpillars are of a superb quality

Rivinius was a pioneer of modern binomial nomenclature

RIVINUS, A.O. Introductio generalis in Rem Herbariam.

Ordines Plantarum quae sunt Flore irregulari. Lipsiae, sumptibus Autoris, C. Güntheri; C. Fleischeri; J.H. Richteri, 1690-1699. 4 parts (bound in ...

EUR 30,000

the most beautiful work published on amphibians

these birds were seen by Van Royen in the collection of the eminent Amsterdam merchant, Theodorus de Leeuw (1679-1744), at his country house of Elsenburg, on the river Vecht, near Maarssen

ROYEN, WILLEM II VAN. Two Silver Pheasants and a Black-crowned Night Heron in a landscape.

Signed and dated, lower right W V ROYEN 1735, also dated lower left: 1735, inscribed in brown ink on verso: 'dese vogels sijn bij d: edl: aghtb: He...

EUR 20,000

the first great survey of the flora of the East-Indies

He intensively surveyed the flora and fauna of Brazil from Jequitinhonha to Rio de la Plata for six years

SAINT-HILAIRE, A.F. DE. Flora Brasiliae Meridionalis.

Paris, A. Belin, 1824-1833. 24 parts. Large 4to (365 x 280mm). With 193 engraved plates. Publishers printed wrappers, uncut.

EUR 15,000

A foundation work on succulents, describing many South African species

SALM-REIFFERSCHEID-DYCK, J.M. Fürst Von. Monographia generum Aloes et Mesembryanthemi.

Düsseldorf, Arnz; Bonn, Cohen, 1836-1863. 4to (315 x 245mm). 7 parts bound in 3 volumes. With 352 partly hand-coloured lithographed plates and exp...

EUR 18,000

A sumptuous monograph of the birds of Central America

SALVIN, O. & DU CANE GODMAN, F. Biologia Centrali-Americana. AVES.

(London) 1879-1904. 4 volumes. 4to (310 x 255mm). pp. xliv, 512; (4), 598; iv, 510; vii, with 84 fine hand-coloured lithographed plates after J.C. ...

EUR 15,000

the finest work published in Germany on fungi

SCHAEFFER, J.C. Fungorum qui in Bavaria et Palatinatu circa Ratisbonam nascuntur Icones nativis coloribus expressae. Edition Secunda.

Ratisbonae, impensis auctoris, 1772. 4 volumes bound in 2. Large-4to (270 x 225mm). With 2 engravedfrontispieces and 330 beautifully hand-coloured ...

EUR 18,000

plants growing in the Schönbrunn Gardens, the most splendid botanical garden of the period

An unusual clean and fine set of this rare ornithological classic

magnificent publication depicting for the first time on a large scale the ethnography and geography of Japan

The book is the most outstanding collection of tortoise illustrations ever produced

SOWERBY, J. DE CARLE & LEAR, E. Tortoises, Terrapins, and Turtles drawn from life. Text by John Edwards Gray.

London, Sotheran, Baer & Co., 1872. Folio (375 x 272mm). pp. iv, 16, with 60 lithographed plates ofwhich 57 beautifully handcoloured and enhanced w...

EUR 20,000

the most beautifully coloured issue of one of the most attractive huntingbooks ever published

one of the most splendid German bird books

The publishing history of the present work is probably the most bizarre one in the history of botany

VELLOZO, J. M. da CONCEIÇAO. Florae Fluminensis Icones.

Parisis, ex off. Lithogr. Senefelder, curante F.J. Knecht, 1827. 10 of 11 volumes (lacking volume 3). Large-folio (520 x 345mm). With 1472 (of 1640...

EUR 20,000

monumental flora of Hungary

WALDSTEIN, F. DE PAULA ADAM GRAF VON & P. KITAIBEL. Descriptiones et icones plantarum rariorum Hungariae.

Vienna, Matthias Andreas Schmidt, (1799-) 1802-1812. 3 volumes. Folio (488 x 345mm). pp. (4), xxxii, 1-104; (2), xxxii, 105-221, (1); (2), 223-310...

EUR 68,000

the first botanical book to utilise colour-printed mezzotint successfully

The collection contains 13 drawings of Australian plants

WEISS, A.G. A collection of ca 1700 original pen and wash drawings of plants from the botanical garden at Lemberg, [ca 1862-1872].

The drawings are on laid paper 215 x 140mm, and preserved in 9 blue folding boxes.

EUR 39,000

one of the rarest works on South African botany

WENDLAND, J.C. Ericarum Icones et Descriptiones/ Abbildung und Beschreibung der Heiden.

Hannover, the author & Hahn, 1798-1823. 27 parts in 25. 4to (310 x 250mm). With 159 (of 162) beautifully handcoloured engraved plates. Contemporary...

EUR 12,000