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Vaillant, L. L. And M. F. Bocourt"
Mission scientifique au Mexique et dans l'Amerique Centrale. Recherches zoologiques pour servir a l'histoire de la faune d'Amerique Centrale et du Mexique. Poissons."
Paris, Mission du Mexique et dans l'Amerique Centrale, 1874-[1915]. Large 4to (35.5 x 27.5 cm). Title to the Zoology section, title to part Iv, half title to the ichthyology, [i (avis), 265 pp.; 31 plates, numbered 1-16, 1bis, 1ter, 5bis, 5ter, 5quat, 8bis, 9bis, 10bis, 10ter, 11quint (error for 10quint?), 11bis, 11ter, 11quat, 13bis, 13ter; all with original descriptive text leaves, of which 26 in fine chromolithography with additional hand-colouring; plates 1bis, and 1ter tinted, and plates 9bis, 10ter, and 10quint plain, as always. Printed wrappers to part Iv, dated 1874, bound in. Contemporary half morocco over marbled boards. Spine with five raised bands, and gilt title. Marbled endpapers. Top edge gilt. A fine and unique over-complete copy of this superbly illustrated work on the fishes of Central America and the Caribbean, with the descriptions and illustrations of many new and poorly known species. The work forms part four of the Mission Scientifique comprising 13 volumes. This volume is particularly rare, as it was published in instalments over a period of over no less than 40 years. Even more exceptional are the following plates, present in this copy, that have Never Been Recorded Before: 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 11bis, 11ter, 11quat, 13bis, and 13ter. Normal, complete copies have 20 plates. This one has 11 more. Previously, it was thought that plate 11quint was an error for 10quint. However, with all the additional, otherwise unpublished plates present, 11quint, although placed here after 10quat, may indeed follow plate 11quat. Many of the fine coloured plates, he … [Click Below for Full Description]
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