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Museum d'Histoire Naturelle: Annales volumes 1-21 (AND) Nouvelles Annales volumes 1-4 (AND) Memoires volumes 1-20 (AND) Archives volumes 1-10 (AND) Nouvelles Archives Series I volumes 1-10; Series II volumes 1-10; Series III volumes 1-9(1).
. Paris, Museum d'Histoire Naturelle, 1802-1897. 4to. 2,048 copper engravings and lithographed plates of which many double-sized or larger, and/or hand-coloured or in chromolithography, and seven portraits. Contemporary uniform marbled boards with morocco labels on the spines in different colours for the different series; original printed wrappers of several issues bound in (Annales, Memoires, Nouvelle Annales), and near contemporary uniform cloth bindings with red morocco labels (Archives and Nouvelles Archives, first series), and original printed wrappers (last two series of the Nouvelles Archives). l Very rare set, seldom seen complete, of the most important scientific natural history journal published in France during the 19th century. There are in total 84 volumes in 4to with over 2,000 engraved and lithographed plates, of which over 250 are hand-coloured or in chromolithography. This work contains the contributions of all the famous French naturalists of the 19th century, in many cases the first publication(s) of these authors, or at least in their first editions, and often their most important research and results. In the Annales, for instance, Cuvier published his important series on molluscan anatomy, while his rival Lamarck contributed with his monograph of the fossil shells of the Paris Basin. Ornithology is well-represented. For instance: De Blainville "Le Dodo, autrement Dronte (Didus ineptus L.)" with four lithographed plates one being a beautiful hand-coloured head of the dodo by G. de Bierre. Another important "first" is Geoffroy St-Hilaire's "Descriptions des Mammiferes nouveaux ou imparfaitement connus: famille des Singes" with eight lithographed plates of which two are coloured, one of which is the chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes L.) and appears to be the first monograph, antedating that of Owen by seven years. A herpetological treasure is De Blainville's "Description de quelques especes de reptiles de la Californie". Throughout all series there is also much on entomology, and more on conchology/malacology, including palaeontology, ichthyology and studies on crustaceans. Authors included are Cuvier, Valenciennes, Audouin, Lamarck, Becquerel, H. and A. Milne-Edwards, Brongniart, Jussieu, Tulasne, De Serres, Dumeril, Thouin, Deleuze, Fourcroy, Vauquelin a.o. Among the entomological titles we find, e.g., the following works by Lyonet: "Anatomie de differentes especes d'insectes" (a long series, with plates by W. de Haan), Lacordaire's "Essai sur les coleopteres de la Guyane Francaise", an illustrated paper by Boisduval on Macrolepidoptera from Madagascar, Mauritius and Reunion, inaptly titled "Considerations generales"; Audouin and Brulle's "Description des especes nouvelles ou peu connues de la famille des cicindeletes", with nice large hand-coloured plates, Raffray's "Coleopteres de la famille des paussides"; Paul Gervais' paper titled "remarques sur la famille des scorpions et description de plusiers especes nouvelles de la collection du Museum", and more. Pere David, first westerner to see the deer named after him and the giant panda, published his travel diaries in the Nouvelles Archives, with many zoological observations, and this came with a string of papers by Vaillant, Sauvage, Heude, and others on the specimens of birds, fish, molluscs and other animals he collected. Over the years many papers included in this series have been sold separately for considerable prices. In all it can be stated that these publications by the natural history museum of Paris do not only contain a great deal of zoological, palaeontological, geological and (bio)chemical observations and discoveries, but also provided a platform for many new ideas and concepts about how the natural world is organized and how it is developing. Some rubbing to boards, and especially to spine ends. Ten parts of the Nouvelles Archives with renewed spine, a few text parts with brittle edges (and, however, very wide margins), a few text sections and plates spotted or age-toned, but much less so than usual; a few sections, including plates with some offsetting (more obtrusive in a few sections of the Memoires), some minor creasing, a few captions shaved and some minor, usually marginal dampstaining. This set ends with Nouvelles Archives series III, volume 9(1); one more part and one more volume were published before the start of the fourth series. By then, however, the great era of descriptive zoology and botany, with large and lavish hand-coloured plates had come to an end. On request we can offer a complete collation for a detailed list of irregularities, including reversals of plate orders including plate 5 of Nouvelles Archives volume 4 perhaps being issued later and here bound in volume 5. In all a very impressive set. Nissen ZBI, 4551, 4552, 4560, 4561, 4677.(Postage on this item might be more than indicated, please inquire).
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