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Iconografia della Fauna Italica per le quattro classi degli Animali Vertebrati. Tomo I. MAMMIFERI E UCCELLI.
Roma, dalla tipografia Salviucci, 1832-1841. Folio (373 x 263mm). With 47 (of 48) fine hand-coloured lithographed plates and descriptive text. Contemporary green half calf, spine with 2 red gilt lettered labels. The complete section on mammals with 24 plates and text, the second section on birds lacks plate 35 Emberiza durazzi, Erythrospiza githaginea and the explanatory text to this plate. Three volumes were published of this monumental fauna of Italy. The second volume deals with amphibians and the third volume with fishes. The splendid plates were lithographed by Battistelli, most of them from drawings by Carolus Ruspi and Petrus Quattochi. Charles Lucien Bonaparte was the nephew of Napoleon Bonaparte. Despite his family connections and the disruptions that followed the Napoleonic era, he became a competent and highly respected naturalist. "Now he intended to increase the knowledge of all branches of the vertebrates by his researches and theoretical works; with his 'Iconografia della fauna Italica', begun in 1832 and completed in 1841, he added to the understanding of Italian mammals, reptiles, amphibia, and fishes, as well as birds' (Stresemann. Ornithology p. 158). The lacking plate and the explanatory text to this plate was never bound in. A fine copy.//Provenance: Armorial book plate of Frederick Du Cane Godman, famous English ornithologist and entomologist, as well as the book plate of Sir Giles Loder.//Nissen ZBI, 459; Wood p. 248; Anker 48.
      [Bookseller: Antiquariaat JUNK B.V. (Natural History]
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