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A portrait of Periandros. Oil Painting. For more information see our RARE FISH BOOKS Site

Golden Age, Moreelse, Johannes

Published by Utrecht (1634)

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Item Description: Utrecht, 1634. Moreelse, Johannes (illustrator). Oil painting on canvas, 115 x 90,8 cm, before 1634. A fantasy portrait, a so-called tronie, depicting the Greek tyrant Periandros - ruling Corinth from 627 to 585 BC - with turban, coronet, hermine mantle, gold scepter and chain. Moreelse's virtuosity is abundantly present in this painting, not in the least because the observer is drawn so close to the life-size subject. Periandros’s right hand holds an open book and his left hand points to the left page with the phrase: ‘Milete to pan’ or ‘Practice makes perfect’, we expect to hear his voice at any moment while simultaneously moving his forefinger from the left to the right. There is a clear relationship between the style in which the present Greek tyrant is painted and that of a pendant by Johannes Moreelse, Democritus, in the Centraal Museum in Utrecht. For instance, the manner in which the highlightened lines on the left hand of Periandros are rendered returns in the fine paint stroke on the right hand in Democritus. The masterful handling of colours is apparent in this luminous painting of Periandros: there is a delicate balance of silvery tinges and shades of red and brown. At present seven signed or monogrammed works by the hand of Johannes Moreelse are known. An additional group of five unsigned works has been assigned to him. Prof. W, Sumowski, J. de Meyere former custodian of the Centraal Museum and W.J. Hoogsteder were among the first to assign the present painting to Johan Moreelse, the son of Paulus Moreelse (1571-1638). Because no dated works by Johannes Moreelse are known, no one has dared to establish a chronology for his oeuvre. Selected reference and description of the painting: J.W. Hoogsteder "At home with the collector", The Hoogsteder Journal, 1999, 6, p. 28-29. Provenance: Auction Het Gooi, Hilversum 24 february 1943, lot 234, assigned to G. Honthorst; Collection W.H. Meijer, Hilversum; Kunsthandel Hoogsteder & Hoogsteder, s'Gravenhage; Collection Antiquariaat Rare Fish Books, Amsterdam since 1998. Bookseller Inventory # S163411

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Diverses especes De POISSONS tant de Mer, que d’Eau douce. For more images of this copy, see our RARE FISH BOOKS Site

Flamen, Albert

Published by Van Merlen, Paris (1664)

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Item Description: Van Merlen, Paris, 1664. FLAMEN, Albert (illustrator). First Edition. Six parts in 2 volumes (16.5 x 12.5 cm), with 67 engraved plates (22 x 15.5 cm) by Albert Flamen. A superb and COMPLETE SET OF ENGRAVINGS on large paper. Flamen used to first etch his plates and worked them afterwards lightly with a dry needle. The plates of this copy are carefully folded 'sur onglet' and beautifully bound in full blue morocco with gilt ornamental design on spine and inner dentelles. All edges gilt. Colourful marbled pastedowns, front and end papers. Latin and French names of fish and other aquatic animals are given below engravings. Volume 1 POISSONS d’EAU DOUCE. One engraved half-title, dedicated to Monsieur Foucquet, with entwined fresh-water fishes, being the first part of fresh-water fishes. Eleven engraved plates with still-lifes of freshwater-fishes and piscatory activities. One engraved half-title with a fish-harbour, being the second part of fresh-water fishes. Eleven engraved plates with still-lifes of fresh-water fishes and angling-scenes. Volume 2 POISSONS DE MER. One engraved half-title with entwined sea fishes, dedicated to Guillaume Tronson, with his coat-of-arms, being the first part of sea fishes. Eleven engraved plates with still-lifes of sea fishes, crabs and lobsters. One engraved half-title with entwined sea fishes and a harbour, being the second part of sea fishes. Eleven engraved plates (six of the first issue and five of the second issue) with still-lifes of sea fishes, crabs, turtles and fishermen. One engraved half-title dedicated to Guillaume Tronson, with a sea harbour and a whale, being the third part of sea fishes. Eleven engraved plates with still-lifes of sea fishes and fishermen. One engraved dedication leaf to the Marquis D'Illiers with his coat-of-arms against a harbour-scene with fishing boats. Six engraved plates with still-lifes of sea fishes and piscatory activities. The album is a MASTERPIECE OF ART. Complete albums of Flamen’s fish engravings are extremely rare. References: Harvard Library, copy with only 11 engravings. British Museum, copy with 24 engravings. Leiden University Library, copy with 43 engravings. Provenance: Circular leather bookplate of the author Roger Paultre with his motto: " Mihi hodie, cras tibi.". Bookseller Inventory # F166411

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Iconografia della fauna italica per le quatro classi degli animali vertebrati. Tomo III : Pesci, for more images of this copy see our Rare Fish Books site.

BONAPARTE, C.L.J.L., Prince de Canino

Published by Salviucci, Roma, Roma (1832)

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Item Description: Salviucci, Roma, Roma, 1832. First and only Edition. Folio (38 x 29 cm), 278 pages and 78 hand-coloured lithographed plates. The plates contain the images of 181 fish species, all finely finished by hand and often heightened with silver and gold. They were drawn by Alex. Capalti, Petrus Quatrocchi and Carolus Ruspi. The lithography is by Battistelli, Rosi, Santarella and Wieller. Contemporary binding in dark blue half morocco. Five raised bands on spines and gilt lettering. The second compartment reads Car. L. Bonaparte Iconografia Fauna Italica and the third compartment reads Tomo III - Pesci. A superb and prestigious copy of this monumental work. Front board bears a dedication in gilt lettering: Les enfants DU PRINCE CHARLES LUCIEN BONAPARTE au docteur PROSPER PIETRA - SANTA. Dark blue marbled pastedowns, front and end papers. Some minor light foxing at margins of papers, boards slightly rubbed. A prestigious copy, weighing 5.8 kg. Bonaparte (1803-1857), Prince of Canino and Musignano, was a nephew of Napoleon Bonaparte. Carlo Bonaparte was a scholar of high repute and member of many scientific academies of Europe and America. He published several works on natural history, mainly on birds. The Iconografia della fauna italica consists of three volumes: volume 1 on mammals and birds, volume 2 on reptiles, and volume 3 on fishes. The volume on fishes is abundantly well illustrated. All together 1104 pages and 180 hand-coloured lithographed plates. Bookseller Inventory # F183211

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Item Description: J.J. Schipper, Amsterdam, 1660. First and only Edition. Folio (377 x 237 mm), six parts in one volume; pp. 8,194; 8, 179, 1, 56; 181, 3; 8, 152; 39, 1. With 4 beautiful allegorical engraved title pages and 250 full-page fine engraved plates by Matthias Merian. Engraved head-pieces (Nissen, 1951). Contemporary mottled calf. Professional rebacking of hinges incorporating original spine. Spine with six raised bands and gilt decorations. Second compartment reads J. Jonston van de dieren. The preliminaries of some sections in the Dutch edition are misbound. A handsome and complete copy of the rare Dutch edition. The only source of Western zoology in Japan until 1750. Jonston (1603-1675), born in Poland of Scottish ancestors, was an assiduous compiler and published numerous works. He was a physician, practising medicine at Leiden for several years. His Historiae Naturalis appeared in instalments at Frankfurt between 1649-1662. It was reprinted in its entirety at Amsterdam in 1660. The work has four main parts: Part one, mammals with 80 plates; part two, fishes with 48 plates, one more than in the Latin edition, depicting the sea unicorn, with an extra leaf of text; a sub-part of part two with other sea animals including 20 plates; part three birds with 62 plates; part four insects with 28 plates; a sub-part of part four with snakes and dragons including 12 plates. Jonston's compilations are usually full of images. The latter are the real pleasure of these books today. They include fabulous beasts such as the unicorn, phoenix, mermaid and dragon. Apparently Jonston could not or would not distinguish between the creatures haunting the misty but always accessible regions of human imagination and those roaming in sunlit but uncharted regions of the real world (Dance, 1978). The Dutch edition was presented by the Dutch East India Company in 1663 at Decima to the Japanese ruler Shogun Yoshimune, and it became the only source of knowledge on Western zoology in Japan until 1750, when a Japanese compilation was published. Provenance: Inscription in Indian ink on frontis pastedown: "Desen boek behoort toe aan L .Salms de Lorge". Nissen, Schöne Fischbücher, 1951, no 82. Bookseller Inventory # F166011

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BAIRISCHE LANNDTSORDNUNG. INGOLSTAT; [ALEXANDER & SAMUEL WEISSENHORN], 1553. For more images of this copy, see our RARE FISH BOOKS Site

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Published by [ALEXANDER & SAMUEL WEISSENHORN], INGOLSTAT (1553)

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Item Description: [ALEXANDER & SAMUEL WEISSENHORN], INGOLSTAT, 1553. First and only Edition. Folio (327 x 213 mm), pp. 18, 1, 19-125, 1, 126-197, 20. Gothic letter, red and black throughout. Engraved pictorial title showing Duke Albrecht V of Bavaria within an architectural setting, surrounded by five councillors, lion at feet, receiving the statute book. Title on scroll supported by putti, above arms of the Dukes of Bavaria. Woodcut of a measuring rod and a crayfish on page 153 verso, three folding plates with ten woodcuts of freshwater fish recto and verso. Woodcut initials. Contemporary binding of German blindstamped pigskin over bevelled wooden boards, roll-tool panels of Biblical scenes and allegorical depictions, original brass clasps and catches completely intact. Library label pasted on the innerside of frontboard and small library stamp on the bottom of front paper, not affecting the engraving. An exceptionally well preserved copy with contemporary blindstamped pigskin and original brass claps, VERY RARE IN THIS CONDITION. The subjects covered by the Bavarian Provincial Ordinance include capital crimes, civil law, trade, Jews, gypsies, the Church, musicians, public health, beer and wine. The laws give an interesting insight into sixteenth century thinking on many topics. For instance the so called "Reinheitsgebot"or code of purity for Bavarian beers and the laws regarding fishing. Fish was an important staple food at that time. The book functioned as a fisheries manual to ensure that the fishing was properly regulated. The species illustrated are crayfish, chub, salmon, grayling, trout, roach, barbel, pike, asp, carp and bream, originating from Bavarian lakes, the Danube and its tributaries. To help in the enforcement of these laws the illustrations were used to assist in the identification of the various fish species. The drawings were also employed in conjunction with a measuring rod, to ensure that undersize fish were not taken. Nissen, 1969, in his work on zoological book illustrations has ranked the Bairische Landts Ordnung as number three in his chronological list of oldest books with fish illustrations. Provenance: Bibliotheca Capucinorum Burghusil. Nissen, 1969, ZBI 4570. Bookseller Inventory # F155311

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A Selection from The Most Remarkable And Interesting Fishes Found On The Coast Of Ceylon. See Also Our Rare Fish Books Site.

BENNETT, John Whitchurch

Published by Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, And Green, London (1828)

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Item Description: Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, And Green, London, 1828. THE SUPERB FIRST EDITION. 4to. (31.5 x 25 cm). pp. viii , plates. Publishers green cloth without spine lettering. 30 fine full page hand coloured engraved plates each accompanied with a page of description. Pages have no wear and no foxing. 4to. (31.5 x 25 cm). Bookseller Inventory # 110512

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De aquatilibus, Libri duo. Cum eiconibus ad vivam ipsorum effigiem, quoad eius fieri potuit, expressis. For more images of this copy, see our RARE FISH BOOKS Site

BELON, Pierre [Petri Bellonii]

Published by Carolum Stephanum, Paris (1553)

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Item Description: Carolum Stephanum, Paris, 1553. Pierre Gourdelle (illustrator). First Edition. Oblong octavo (117 x 177 mm). pp. (32), 448, with 187 woodcuts, many full page, in the text. Contemporary vellum with original title in ink on spine. Some pages browned, see images. Belon (1517- 1564), was a Renaissance scientist and based his work on true observation, rectifying what Aristotle, Oppianus, Pliny and other classical authors had written. He divided aquatic animals into two divisions, those provided with blood and those without, corresponding to the modern taxa: Vertebrata and Invertebrata. They were classified according to size, differences in the structure of the skeleton, mode of reproduction, number of limbs, body form and on the physical characteristics of the habitat (Pietsch, 1995). There are drawings of 110 species of fish. Nearly all the marine fishes are Mediterranean but there are also species of the Atlantic region obtained from the Paris market. Marine mammals, crabs, lobsters, shellfish, oysters and cockles are depicted as well. Other descriptions and drawings refer, however, to fabulous animals like the horse of Neptune, the sea monk and the sea eagle. The existence of these animals was not clearly denied by Belon. The fact that they were illustrated was enough to validate the stories which gave birth to them, and many later books reproduced them unaltered (Dance, 1978). Stamp on p. 299 and 446 [not affecting text or images]: Loci Cappuccinorum Veronae with religious motives. A few ms. notes in ink in contemporary hand. An attractive and complete copy of the first Latin edition. Bookseller Inventory # F155312

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Finlands Fiskar Malade. Fishes of Finland. For more images of this copy, see our RARE FISH BOOKS Site

REUTER, Odo Moranal and MELA, A.J.

Published by G.W. Edlund & Co., Helsingfors (1883)

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Item Description: G.W. Edlund & Co., Helsingfors, 1883. Gösta Sundman (illustrator). First Edition. 12 parts bound in one volume. Folio. Pp. 20, 8, 7, 6, 12, 14, 6, 8, 2, 11, 12, 17, 34, II (10), with 41 stunning chromolithographs, heightened with silver, and finished by hand. Attractive early 20th century binding in wine red half calf. A complete copy. The text, in parallel columns in Swedish and English, deals with the taxonomy and ecology of the Scandinavian fish fauna and the fishing techniques applied by anglers and fishermen. Tiny label of the Bildstens Bokbinderi of the Eksjö Museum in Sweden. Nissen, Schöne Fischbücher, 1951, nr. 104. Bookseller Inventory # F188311

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Histoire naturelle des poissons d'eau douce de l'Europe Centrale, Atlas with text volume. For more images of this copy, see our RARE FISH BOOKS Site

AGASSIZ, Louis & VOGT, Carl

Published by De Petitpierre, Neuchâtel (1839)

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Item Description: De Petitpierre, Neuchâtel, 1839. First Edition. Text volume 4to (27 x 19 cm) pp. (4), VI, 326, (2) in French and atlas obl.-folio (31 x 46 cm), with 41 (27 + 14) lithographed plates of which 23 beautifully hand-coloured and a text in French, German and English. Occasional light spotting not affecting the images. The spine of the text volume has been recently recoloured and the album has been neatly rebacked with original lettering-piece and GSF stamp laid on. It has gilt edges, marbled boards and end papers. The extremities are slightly rubbed. Collation: Livraison I, 1839, Salmo et Thymallus: 27 plates (20 coloured of which some are heightened with silver) by von Dinkel, Minsinger and Thez (Nicolet imp). The text in French, German and English by L. Agassiz. Livraison II, 1842: Embryologie des Salmones, by L. Agassiz and C. Vogt, a text with 14 plates (3 partly coloured) by C. Vogt and A. Sonrel. A. Sonrel, who has been employed by Agassiz in Neuchatel, was one of the outstanding lithographic artists of that era, see Baird-Agassiz letters. Livraison III, 1845, Anatomie des Salmones with 14 plates and 4 overlays of skeletons, bloodvessels, guts and other anatomical subjects by Cazenave, Rodler, Sonrel and Vogt. These plates together with a text, pp. (4), 196, has been published separately in Mem. Soc. Sc. de Neuchatel, vol 3, 1845. Livraison 3 is in most copies (like in ours) absent. Although the title of the work suggests otherwise, this classic and rare work deals with Salmonid fishes only. Provenance: The owner of the album was George Savile Foljambe, see his bookplate inside front board and the initials on the binding. The text volume has been withdrawn from the Bowdoin College Library, see label pasted on the inside of front cover. Bookseller Inventory # F183911

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Historia Piscium. For more images of this copy, see our RARE FISH BOOKS Site

WILLUGHBY, Francis

Published by C. Davis, Londini (1743)

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Item Description: C. Davis, Londini, 1743. Including an additional engraved title page dated 1685 and signed "Paul van Somer" showing a miraculous catch of fish, fishermen holding a dragnet, a herald announcing the arrival of fresh fish and Pallas Athene drawing a cod, A reissue of the 1686 edition. The Royal Society authorised this re-issue in 1740 (published in 1743). 187 full-page engraved plates with a title-page dated 1743 and the addition of a 12 pp. index by C. Mortimer. Folio (377 x 235 mm), pp. 8, 344, 32, 12, 12. Engraved head-pieces. Contemporary calf, gilt rules consisting of flower motifs on both covers, spine with raised bands and compartments with black armorial tooling (old rebacking), red gilt-lettered label, outer turn-ins and all edges gilt. Contemporary unobtrusive scholarly pencil annotations to text and plates, joints and corners slightly rubbed. Some of the plates bear contemporary letterpress cancel slips over their captions. A well preserved and attractive copy. A letter signed by John Van Voorst was found inside the copy. The Historia Piscium, although it bears only Willughby's name (1635-1672) on the title page, is in large part the work of John Ray (1627-1705). Both scholars had gathered the principal materials for their book on a journey to France, Germany and Italy from 1663 to 1666. Willughby described and dissected all sampled fish and Ray arranged them under classes and families. As for species, the authors assembled not only those that they described from nature, amounting to 178, but also those of Rondelet, Belon, Salviani, Piso and others, whose descriptions they interpolated with their own. The total number came to 420. But Willughby and Ray occasionally failed to recognize that some species were identical to others taken from the preceding works, so there is some duplication (Pietsch, 1995). New illustrations to their work are marked with a dagger. The text of the first edition was printed at the expense of Bishop John Fell, while the plates were financed by several members of the Royal Society, particularly by the Society's president Samuel Pepys to whom the work is dedicated. Each plate bears the name of the donor. Nissen, Schöne Fischbücher, 1951, 130. Bookseller Inventory # F174311

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De piscibus libri V et de cetis lib. unus. Uterverius.professor collegit. Marc. Antonius Bernia in lucem restituit . For more images of this copy, see our RARE FISH BOOKS Site

ALDROVANDI, Ulysis

Published by Apud Nicolaum Thebaldinum, Bologna (1638)

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Item Description: Apud Nicolaum Thebaldinum, Bologna, 1638. [colophon: Bononiae: Marc Antonio Bernia (typis Jo. Baptista Ferronii), 1661]. Folio (358 x 236 mm), pp. 6, 732, 28, (Wood, 1931 and Nissen, 1951), one additional leaf inserted after p. 480 and paginated ccclxxi-ii and another unpaginated leaf with woodcut illustration inserted after p. 492. Beautiful allegorical title page with marine motifs. About 400 woodcuts, many full-page, in text. Engraved head-pieces. An early eighteenth-century binding of Italian vellum, spine gilt with Greek key patterns and orange label bearing the title "Aldrovandi De Piscibus". All edges red. A beautiful and exceptional copy with two additional leaves, which are not recorded in the bibliographies. Aldrovandi (1522-1605), professor in natural history at the University of Bologna, spent his life and fortune in assembling the materials for his great natural history work, in thirteen volumes. The volume on fishes and whales was both a revival of fanciful zoology with sea monsters inspired by the work of the Swiss scientist Conrad Gessner in his Historiae Animalium liber IIII (1558) and an advance towards true observation of nature, rectifying what Aristotle and other classical authors had written. He copied descriptions and illustrations of aquatic animals by Belon (1551), Rondelet (1554), Salviani (1554 -1558) and others. Most of the new species described and illustrated by him came from the Mediterranean sea and Italian inland waters. An example of a new illustration, drawn from nature, is the parrotfish on page 8. The woodcuts of Aldrovandi exercised a great influence on succeeding illustrators of zoological texts until Buffon published his Histoire Naturelle from 1749 to 1804. The work was not finished when Aldrovandi died in 1605. The volume on fishes and whales, drawn up in part from his notes by his Dutch successor at Bologna, Johannes Cornelius Uterverius from Delft, was not published until 1613. It was reprinted at Bologna in 1638 and 1644 (Pietsch, 1995). The present copy contains an inserted text leaf, dated 1661 and titled"Auctariolum de inviso antea Pisce Monstroso", following page 480 and a further leaf, containing a full-page woodcut (without text), following page 492. The woodcut illustrates the monstrous fish described on the text leaf; the fish was discovered on 10th March 1661 by the Capo di Poscilico near Naples. It was 12 palms long; it looked a bit like a moray eel, and had a mouth like a trumpet. These two leaves are not recorded in the bibliographies and this makes the copy exceptional and rare. Provenance: Armorial bookplate of Bibl. Castill. with the motto Delectant et Docet. Nissen, Schöne Fischbücher, 1951, 112. Bookseller Inventory # F163812

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Histoire naturelle des Poissons du Bassin du Léman. For more images of this copy, see our RARE FISH BOOKS Site

Lunel, Godefroy

Published by H. Georg 874, Genève-Bale-Lyon

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Item Description: H. Georg 874, Genève-Bale-Lyon. Alphonse Lunel (illustrator). First and only Edition. Large-folio (510 x 330 mm), pp. 12, 209, 3, and 20 plates. Lunel notes in his preface that his son Alphonse has drawn fish from life, painting the colours quickly on paper after removal the specimens from capture into glass jars. The magnificent large colour lithographs were printed at first by Jacomme on his lithographic press in Geneva. As the quality of colour plates printing was more sophisticated in Germany, Theodor Fischer in Kassel continued the work. The images have many colours, gold and silver. A beautiful album with brilliant sparkling fish. A limited number of 120 copies were printed (Sotheby's 2003). The present copy has the luxurious green half morocco publisher's binding including leather corners with marbled boards, a spine with five false raised bands, gilt decorations and lettering. Some inoffensive marginal foxing and one plate modestly repaired with a tiny tape at the back. Nissen, Schöne Fischbücher, 1951, nr. 90. Bookseller Inventory # F187411

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Naturgeschichte und Abbildungen der Fische. For more images of this copy, see our RARE FISH BOOKS Site

SCHINZ, Heinrich Rudolf and Karl Joseph BRODTMANN

Published by Weidmann, Leipzig (1836)

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Item Description: Weidmann, Leipzig, 1836. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Small folio, 312, VIII, with 97 colour lithograph plates finished by hand. Drawings and lithography by the famous artist Joseph Brodtman (1787-1862). Contemporary boards with renewed spine. Text with slight foxing, The plates are bright and virtually without foxing. Four plates with unoffensive marginal fingermarks. Schinz (1777-1861), a Swiss scientist, was a first-class populariser of zoology, capable of producing beautifully illustrated books about animals, in particular on fishes. The book was published both coloured and uncoloured, but coloured copies rarely come on the market. Schinz made an extensive study of colour-plate books by Bloch, Cuvier & Valenciennes, Bonaparte, Rüpell and others. The images of these books were used as models for his own colourful drawings. About 320 fishes were depicted. European as well as tropical species were described. The Linnean taxonomic system was respectfully followed by Schinz. The names of the species are given in German, Latin and French. Literature references are credited in the descriptions of the images. Nissen, Schöne Fischbücher, 1951, nr. 115. Bookseller Inventory # G183611

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Ichthyologia et Nomenclatura Animalium. See Also Our Rare Fish Books Site,

Schoenfeld (Schonevelde) Stephan Von

Published by by Ex Bibliopolio Heringiano, Hamburg (1624)

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Item Description: by Ex Bibliopolio Heringiano, Hamburg, 1624. First and only Edition. Extremely rare book on ichthyology, quarto, 87, Latin text with the complete 7 fold out copper plates. A small mile-stone in taxonomy of fishes. Some images were used/copied by Willughby and Ray. Tab 1. Albula Nobilis see Willughby and Ray, 1686, in Tab. N 6, 4 as Eperlanus Schonfeldij. Tab II. Asellus Virescens 8 see Willughby and Ray, 1686, depiction in Tab. L.m.I.n3 as Asellus virescens Schonfeldij. Asellus Varius 6. see Willughby and Ray, 1686, afbeelding in Tab. L.m.I.nI als Asellus varius Schonfeldij. Tab III. Cataphractus actus see Willughby and Ray, 1686, depiction in Tab. N 6, 3 as Cataphractus Schonfeldij. Cataphractus supinus. see Willughby and Ray, 1686, depiction in Tab. N 6, 1 as Cataphractus supinus Schonfeldij. Tab IIII. Taenia Cornuta, see Willughby and Ray, 1686, depiction in Tab. Q3, 6 as Taenia cornuta Schonfeldij. Mustela marina Vivipara , see Willughby and Ray, 1686, depiction in Tab. H3, 5 as Mustela vivipara Sconfeld. Aculeatus marinus Maior. see Willughby and Ray, 1686, depiction in Tab. X13, 2 as Aculeatus marinus maior Schonfeldij. Tab V. Lupis marinus Nostras and Lycostomus balthicus. Tab VI. Scorpius Marinus Alter and Idem Supinus. Tab VII. Spirinehus and Siluri uera effigies. Contemporary vellum boards and spine are a bit soiled. Binding is slightly split at the top of spine. Red spine label states Ichthyologia, Schonevelde. Some inoffensive staining. A complete copy and a charming collectors item. Provenance: at the inside of the front cover intials in ink perhaps by Theodoor G. van Lidth de Jeude (1788-1863) Utrecht; signature in ink by Prof. Jan van der Hoeven(1801-1868) Leiden; circular leather bookplate from the author Roger Paultre, see auction collection Roger Paultre de livres illustrés : Drouot Richelieu, Ader-Tajan, Paris, 6 juillet 1993. Nissen Schone Fischbucher no 116. Price Euro 3000.00. Bookseller Inventory # K182613

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Naturgeschichte und Abbildungen der Fische. For more images of this copy, see our RARE FISH BOOKS Site

SCHINZ, Heinrich Rudolf and Karl Joseph BRODTMANN

Published by Weidmann, Leipzig (1836)

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Item Description: Weidmann, Leipzig, 1836. Small folio, 312, VIII, with 97 colour lithograph plates finished by hand. Drawings and lithography by the famous artist Joseph Brodtman (1787-1862). Contemporary boards with renewed spine. Text with slight foxing, The plates are bright and virtually without foxing. Four plates with unoffensive marginal fingermarks. Schinz (1777-1861), a Swiss scientist, was a first-class populariser of zoology, capable of producing beautifully illustrated books about animals, in particular on fishes. The book was published both coloured and uncoloured, but coloured copies rarely come on the market. Schinz made an extensive study of colour-plate books by Bloch, Cuvier & Valenciennes, Bonaparte, Rüpell and others. The images of these books were used as models for his own colourful drawings. About 320 fishes were depicted. European as well as tropical species were described. The Linnean taxonomic system was respectfully followed by Schinz. The names of the species are given in German, Latin and French. Literature references are credited in the descriptions of the images. Nissen, Schöne Fischbücher, 1951, nr. 115. Bookseller Inventory # F183611

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HOUGHTON, William

Published by William Mackenzie, London (1879)

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Item Description: William Mackenzie, London, 1879. A.F. Lydon (illustrator). First Edition. Two folio volumes. 41 plates of fishes by A.F. Lydon after Benjamin Fawcett, coloured from woodblocks and heightened with gum arabic. Plates protected by tissue-guards. Numerous engraved chapter vignettes and 64 wood-engraved illustrations with river and lake scenes. Title-pages printed in red and black. Original publisher's brick textured cloth. Black-, gilt-, blind-stamped with piscatorial motives like anglers, dragon flies, water lilies and bull rushes on both covers. All edges gilt. Occasional light foxing in margins mostly to preliminary leafs. Publisher's copies, in general, have badly joined and sewn gatherings and this explains why many of them were rebound in new covers. Houghton was a keen observer. He gives descriptions of the Loch Stennis trout, Loch Leven trout, Windermere char, Torgog char, Loch Killin char and distinguishes about twenty other salmonid species. The fishes are magnificently depicted. In the 20th century, however, taxonomists have reduced this number to less than 10 true species. A complete, exceptionally well-preserved and original copy. Nissen, Schöne Fischbücher, 1951, nr. 78. Bookseller Inventory # F187912

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GIANNETTASIO, Nicolo Partenio

Published by Jacobi Raillard, Neapoli (1689)

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Item Description: Jacobi Raillard, Neapoli, 1689. Francesco Solimene (illustrator). First Edition. Crown octavo (154 x98 mm), with one engraved allegorical frontispiece showing Apollo with lyre and fishing rod offering a fish to a group of women, and 11 engraved plates, decorative headpieces, printer's flowers and woodcut tailpieces. Bound in early nineteenth-century vellum. Spine with gilt ruled bands and gilt lettering (see below). Giannettasio (1648-1715), a Jesuit, was teacher in philosophy and mathematics. His halieutics or "piscatory eclogues" are illustrated with beautiful allegorical fisheries scenes engraved by Francois de Louvémont and Vincent Hubert after the Italian painter Francesco Solimene (1657-1747). Supralibros of the House of Masséna with their cote of arms stamped in gold on both covers. All edges gilt. Provenance: André Masséna (1758-1817), Duc de Rivoli , Prince d' Essling. According to the " Héraldique Européenne", the cote of arms of André Masséna includes: " Une victoire ailée de carnation, tenant dans sa main dextre une palme et dans sa sénestre une couronne de laurier en pointe un chien couché de sable ". Dean, 1923, Bibliography of fishes. Bookseller Inventory # F168911

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Tableau encyclopédique et méthodique des trois règnes de la nature. Ichtyologie. For more images of this copy, see our RARE FISH BOOKS Site

BONNATERRE, Pierre, Joseph

Published by Panckoucke, Paris (1788)

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Item Description: Panckoucke, Paris, 1788. First Edition. Quarto (294 x 221 mm), LVI, 215 and 102 plates. Contemporary leather binding of full mottled dark-brown sheep. Five raised bands on spines with gilt lettering and elaborately gilt decorations. Second compartment with dark-brown label reads Encyclopedie, Tom. 130. Fourth compartement with black label reads Histoire Naturelle. Poissons. All edges yellow-green. Colourful marbled pastedowns, front and endpapers. Covers and hinges slightly rubbed. Most copies of Bonnaterre's work are issued with paper boards. These copies are, in general, in a very poor state of preservation. The present copy is made by a contemporary binder, who maintained the high standards in hand work. An exceptionally well preserved and handsome copy with all plates in top condition. Provenance: Small modest stamp with Herzoglich Lichtenberg Naturaliencabinett on title page. Bonnaterre (1752 -1804), a priest in the Rouergue and professor at the central school of Rhodes, had been assigned by the publisher Panckoucke to contribute to the Encyclopédie méthodique, dealing with mammals, birds, reptiles, fishes and insects. He composed an extensive text for the part on fishes and availed himself of the works of most of the earlier authors and collected drawings of more than 400 species. He copied many of the drawings by Bloch and when these were not available he took them from the works of Gronovius, Broussonet, Pennant and others. When these authors failed him he even returned to the classics like Willughby, Rondelet and Piso. Bookseller Inventory # F176611

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The Heraldry of Fish. Notices of the principal families bearing fish in their Arms. For more images of this copy, see our RARE FISH BOOKS Site

MOULE, Thomas

Published by John van Voorst, London (1842)

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Item Description: John van Voorst, London, 1842. Clint (illustrator). First Edition. Super Octavo (259 x 162 mm), pp.15, 250, with 205 fine wood-cuts in the text. Engravings probably by Mary and Elizabeth Clint. Contemporary full-green Morocco, gilt lettering on spine and 5 raised bands. Second compartment reads Heraldry of Fish, third compartment Moule, and London 1842 on spine heel. Other compartments with gilt emblems. Gilt ornamentation on covers. Gilt bordered dentelles, marbled pastedowns, front and endpapers, top edge gilt. A LARGE PAPER COPY with 11 ADDITIONAL PLATES of which one is hand-coloured. Moule states that, as symbols for names, almost all fish have been used in heraldry. In many instances fish have been incorporated into the arms to reflect the produce of the state or the family name. The fish displayed on the heraldic device may also be chosen by the bearer of the device because he feels that the particular species displays a characteristic which he admires. Thus the acquaint device has a twofold interest. The subjects in The Heraldry of Fish are arranged according to a natural history form of classification. The book consists of XIV sections. Of particular interest are: V. The salmon, trout, smelt, and grayling, with their enemy the otter; XII. The dog-fish, sea lions, and other monsters; XIII. The seal, mermaid and triton. Among the extra illustrations, some of which are hand-drawn, are: the contre-seal of Godfrey de Lucy, Bishop of Winchester; the autograph, seal and arms of Sir Thomas Lucy; the arms of Walton and Cotton; the ancient seal of the corporation of Swansea; and the arms of van Voorst of Utrecht. The only hand-coloured plate is of Coryphaena hippurus. Bookseller Inventory # F184211

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Ichthyotheologie, oder Vernunft und Schriftmassiger Versuch der Fische. For more images of this copy, see our RARE FISH BOOKS Site

RICHTER, Johann Gottfried Ohnefalsch

Published by Herr Friedrich Lantischen Erben, Leipzig (1754)

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Item Description: Herr Friedrich Lantischen Erben, Leipzig, 1754. First and only edition. Octavo (178 x 108 mm), pp. 32, 912, 28, including 1 folding table and 8 engraved plates. Woodcut initials. Contemporary full calf. Five raised gilt-ruled bands on spines. Second compartment with red gilt-lettered label, other compartments with gilt flower decorations, with the initials W. C. O. gilt-lettered on frontcover. Marbled pastedowns, front and endpapers. All edges red. A beautiful and complete copy in an exceptional beautiful binding. A general section on the classification and properties of fishes outlines the contents of the book. The morphology of fishes is embellished with a plate of a mermaid, a Chinese goldfish and a bandfish. The second part deals with the use of fish by man. The third part is about God's purpose of fish. A plate of a sperm whale (sperma ceti) is added and suggested as the possible fish species that swallowed Jonah. The so called Tobias fish is identified as a sandeel and depicted in another plate. Fabulous, strange and miraculous fishes are treated in the fourth part. A plate of the Moskowits fish with the face of a man is an example of a strange fish. Another plate gives the details of a snub nose carp. The last plate shows a suck-fish, a fabulous fish, which can attach itself to human beings. Descriptions of European fish species, are given in the last part. Provenance: Small label of a Russian Library on pastedown. Bookseller Inventory # F175411

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Item Description: William Pickering, London, 1836. First Nicholas Edition. 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. 2 volumes, pp. [16], ccxii, [2], 129; [2], [131]-436, [32]; 61 steel engraved plates from designs by Thomas Stothard and J. Inskipp. Each volume measures 7 3/4" x 10 3/4." Outstanding period full crushed green morocco bindings, raised bands, gilt titles, elaborate gilt floral compartments, ornately floral gilt boards, in the manner of Roger Payne, marbled endpapers, a.e.g. Hinges slightly rubbed but very solid. A very handsom copy of one of the finest illustrated editions of Walton ever published. For this extensively illustrated edition, Pickering employed 27 of the most prominent artist, painters, and engravers of the day. Hinges slightly rubbed but very solid. A little scuffing to the leather. Varying degrees of offsetting/browning from plates and occasional light foxing as typical of much 19th century paper and ink. Coigney 44. Bookplate. Bookseller Inventory # F183613

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2 Volumes. Voyage Autour Du Monde Sur La Corvette La Coquille.

Lesson, R. P.

Published by P. Pourrat Frères, Paris, (1839)

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Item Description: P. Pourrat Frères, Paris, 1839. First Edition. Paris, P. Pourrat Frères, 1839. This is the first Paris edition, and the only narrative of Duperrey's voyage around the world. Octavo, two volumes, pp. (3), 510, (2) (&) pp. (2), 547, (2). Engraved vignette on titles, frontispiece portrait of Lesson in vol.1, and 3 folding plates. 43 copper engravings of which 24 black and white with views, ethnographical subjects and coastal profiles. 19 hand-coloured plates with birds and mammals. All edges colourful marbled to match the original marbled boards and pastedowns. Recent half blue calf. The text of Lesson is always somewhat foxed, this copy less so than others we have seen. The hand-colouring is finely done and the plates are virtually free from foxing. Marginal waterstain in vol. 1. A handsome and complete copy. Bookseller Inventory # 100826

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Unterhaltungen in der Naturgeschichte aller Arten Fische. For more images of this copy, see our RARE FISH BOOKS Site

SCHEUERECK, Friedrich August

Published by Johan, Heinrich, Kaven, Leipzig (1791)

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Item Description: Johan, Heinrich, Kaven, Leipzig, 1791. First Edition. Octavo, pp. (16 ), 375, and 22 folding plates with 69 handcoloured copper engravings of fishes. Contemporary half calf with marbled boards. Old skillful rebacking, preserving the original spine. Five raised bands and gilt-tooling, second compartement bearing the title: Naturgesch. Der Fische. Scheureck's Naturgeschichte aller Fische is ONE OF THE VERY FIRST HANDCOLOURED FISH BOOKS. Artist and engraver are unknown, but possibly it is "gezeichnet und gestochen von Friedrich August Scheuereck" himself. The work has an extensive reference list including all Renaissance ichthyologists. The author follows the nomenclature of Linnaeus. Although written for schools the book is a skillful and interesting systematical work. Books by Scheuereck are very rare. It is not present in the libraries of Harvard and Yale University. Literature: Heinz Wegehaupt, Kinderbücher, 1851-1900. Provenance: Ex-libris of the Bibilotheca Tiliana and a tiny handwritten signature of a previous owner: A.G. Juel, 1843. Bookseller Inventory # F179111

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Histoire naturelle des Poissons. Suite de Buffon. For more images of this copy, see our RARE FISH BOOKS Site

LACEPEDE (la Cepede), Bernard Germain

Published by chez Plassan, Paris (1798)

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Item Description: chez Plassan, Paris, 1798. Tardieu (illustrator). Duodecimo (170 x 120 mm), 11 volumes, pp. 288, 416, 360, 472, 414, 413, 428, 447, 368, 401, 399 and 116 uncoloured plates. Contemporary light-brown half-calf. Sprinkled boards. Spines with six gilt ruled bands and gilt-lettering. Second compartments with salmon-coloured label, read La Cépède followed by volume number. Third compartments, with dark-blue label, read poissons. All edges yellow. Full-page engravings by the widow Tardieu after the famous painter de Sève. A complete copy of this rare taxonomic work, with beautifully preserved French bindings. Being a great admirer of the legendary zoologist Buffon, of the famous Histoire Naturelle (1749 -1804), Lacépède contributed substantially to this work by writing the chapters on Quadripèdes ovipares et Serpents (2 volumes), Poissons (5 volumes) and Cétacées (1 volume), (B.M.N.H.,1903). The five volumes on Fishes were printed in quarto (1798-1803). A reissue appeared in eleven volumes in duodecimo (1798-1803) as in the present copy. Nissen, Schöne Fischbücher, 1951, nr. 87. Bookseller Inventory # F179811

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Naturalist's Library: Ichthyology. FISHES. For more images of this copy, see our RARE FISH BOOKS Site

JARDINE, Sir William [1800-1874] Editor

Published by W.H. Lizars, Edinburgh (1845)

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Item Description: W.H. Lizars, Edinburgh, 1845. Sextodecimo (167 x 107mm), volumes XXXV -XL of the Naturalist's Library, with 6 frontspiece portraits, 6 steel-engraved title vignettes next to the printed titles (1 hand-coloured) all with fishery scenes and 196 full-page steel-engravings of which 192 beautifully hand-coloured. Contemporary binding of green half calf, spine with gilt raised bands, compartments with gilt decorations. Marbled edges, pastedowns front and endpapers. Hinges slightly worn. Volume1, John Stevenson Bushnan, 1845-1846 (second edition): Fishes, particularly their nature, structur (with a memoir of Salviani and portrait). Pp. 219 and 32 plates. Volumes 2 and 3, Robert Hamilton, 1852-1854 (second edition): British Fishes Part I (with a memoir of Rondelet and portrait). Pp. 313 and 23 plates. Part II (with a memoir of Von Humboldt and portrait). Pp. 424 and 45 plates. Volume 4, William Jardine, 1846 (first edition): Fishes of the perch family (with a memoir of Sir Joseph Banks and portrait) and coloured title vignette. Pp.207 and 35 plates (33 hand-coloured). Volumes 5 and 6, R. H. Schomburgk, 1845-1846 (second edition): Fishes of the British Guiana Part I (with a memoir of Robert H. Schomburgk and portrait). Pp. 263 and 31 plates (30 hand-coloured). Part II (with a memoir of Burckhardt and portrait). Pp. 214 and 30 plates. A complete and handsome set. Nissen, Schöne Fischbücher, 1951, nr. 79 and 80. Bookseller Inventory # F184511

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Item Description: G. Kearsley, London, 1803. First Edition. Medium Octavo (230 x 140 mm), 4 parts in separate bindings, 4 steel-engraved separate title vignettes next to the printed titles (all with fishes depicted in a landscape) and 190 full-page steel-engravings of fishes. Contemporary binding of half red calf on marbled paper-covered boards. Gilt lettering on spines. Some spotting and browning with some wear to hinges and edges. Nevertheless an attractive set of this rare work (Nissen, 1969). Volume IV, Part I, pp. 5, 2, 186 and 25 plates. Volume IV, Part II, pp. 13, 2, 632-186 and 92-25 + 4 (extra) plates. Volume V, Part I, pp. 5, 4, 250 and 132-92 + 1 (extra) plate. Volume V, Part II, pp. 6, 2, 463-250 and 182-132 + 3 (extra) plates. The plates are principally engraved by Mr. Heath. Shaw (1751-1813), curator of the zoological collection of the British Museum, was author of several memoirs; among those of the Linnaean Society of London. The present work is a development of Gmelin's system, augmented by species taken from Bloch and Lacépède (Pietsch, 1995). Most of the figures are copied from these authors, except for perhaps five or six taken from fishes that Shaw examined himself in the British Museum. Nissen, 1969; Pietsch, 1995. Bookseller Inventory # F180311

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Histoire naturelle de Lacépède comprenant les cetacées, les quadrupèdes ovipares, les serpents et les poissons. For more images of this copy. see our RARE FISH BOOKS Site

LACEPEDE (la Cepede), Bernard Germain

Published by Furne, Jouvet et Cie, Paris (1876)

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Item Description: Furne, Jouvet et Cie, Paris, 1876. Superoctavo (270 x 172 mm), 2 volumes, pp. 12, 668, and 648 with 36 hand-coloured steel-engravings (Nissen, 1969), in splendid condition. Beautiful contemporary wine-red half-calf, including leather corners, with matching red marbled boards. Five gilt ruled raised bands on spines and gilt lettering. Second compartments read Cuvier followed by Histoire de Lacépède and third compartments with volume numbers. Other compartments with gilt decorations. Colourful marbled pastedowns, front and endpapers. A superb copy with all plates in top condition. Bernard-Germain-Étienne Delaville also known as Comte Delacépède (1756-1825), was professor in zoology (reptiles and fishes) at the Museum of Natural History in Paris. The introduction to the book, by Cuvier, gives excellent background information on Lacépède. He is described as a versatile genius, publishing works on music, physics and zoology. Lacépède was invited by the composer Christoph Willibald Gluck to write the music for the opera Alcyone. Being a great admirer of the legendary zoologist Buffon of the famous Histoire Naturelle (1749-1804), he contributed substantially to this work by writing the chapters on Quadrupèdes ovipares et Serpents ( 2 volumes), Poissons (5 volumes) and Cétacées (1 volume) ( B.M.N.H., 1903). The present book, of which the first edition appeared in 1839, is literally based on the contents of the eight volumes of Lacépède incorporated in Buffon's classic work. The new issue, however, has many footnotes with new information or views and uses the new classification of Desmaret. Apart of the scientific value, the text includes a number of interesting anecdotes. The excellent plates, showing the animals in lovely landscapes, are from Annedouche, Beyer, Mme Fournier, Manceau and after the painter Edouard Traviès. They cover the following animal groups: whales 5 plates, reptiles and batrachians 15 plates, fish 4 plates in volume one and fish 12 plates in volume two. Nissen,1969; B.M.N.H.,1903. Bookseller Inventory # F187611

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The compleat angler, being a discourse of Fish and Fishing, for more images of this copy see our Rare Fish Books site.

WALTON, Issac 1810, coloured Edition

Published by Printed for S. Bagster, in the Strand, London (1810)

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Item Description: Printed for S. Bagster, in the Strand, London, 1810. 12 mo (13 x 17 cm). [18], 246, [2] pp. AEG, 6 fish engravings to text, on thicker paper, 2 plates of music. Complete and similar to as Coigney No 20 copy B. Copy B is EXTRA-ILLUSTRATED with 16 full-page proofs of the fish engravings by Audinet, all HAND COLOURED. Presentation inscription on FEP to the Earl Of Marlborough with coat of arms Domine Dirige Nos pasted to EPs, contents clean, original leather binding unevenly darkened and attractively rubbed, old reback. Spine has remnants of a label with giltlettering and a fish. Tight hinges. A handsome copy. Bookseller Inventory # F181012

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JAROCKIEGO, Felixa Pawla

Published by Drukarni Latkiewicza, Warszawi (1822)

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Item Description: Drukarni Latkiewicza, Warszawi, 1822. Octavo (128 x 203 mm) pp. 7, 464, 24, 4 plates with 13 lithographs of fish, sygn.: Litogr. w Warszawie 1822 T. P. . Contemporary hard paper boards, spine professionaly rebacked. Text in Polish. An extensive and rare work on the taxonomy of fishes. Embellished with the following images: Myletes macropomus, Hydrocinus brasiliensis, Pristigaster Lichtensteinii, Sudis giganteus, Leptocephalus Morrisii, Eremophilus Mutisii, Prenadilla Cyclopum, Astroblephus Grixalvii, Argentina Sphyraena, Spatularia nasifolia, Scombresox Saurus, Callorhynchus Gronovii, Hakonosa dziwacznego. Previous owners: Library stamps of the Bibliotheka Zakladu on second page; J.Tenenbaum inscribed on front pastedown; J.W. Smoniewski stamped on title page. Bookseller Inventory # F182211

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Item Description: Nattali and Bond, London, 1860. a reissue of the first Nicolas edition of 1636. First published in 1653, Walton's COMPLEAT ANGLER, presented as a colloquy that takes place over several days (like the CANTERBURY TALES), is probably the most famous book in the world about recreational fishing. This edition, from the text of the fifth edition 1676, representing the final revisions by Walton, is augmented with extensive memoirs of Walton and Cotton. Large 8vo ( x ), two volumes: pp. [1-16] [i] ii-ccxii [1-4] [1] 2-129 [130]; [1-4] [131] 132-436 [1-32]. TEG. Foxing to contents, near contemporary full ornate burgundy calf boards, blind stamped and gilt ruled, ornate decorated gilt spine in compartements contrasting label, inner gilt tooling to boards, some light rubbing to edges. Coigney 78, 3rd copy. Armorial bookplate from George Becher Blomfield. Bookseller Inventory # F186011

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