Pp. (text): 1-136; (plates): 107 fine lithographed plates. Text volume: in contemporary one-half dark green morocco leather with 5 raised bands (with red morocco title/author label in one compartment and gilt decorations in the other five compartments) over ornate French marbled boards with matching marbled endpapers (original printed blue wrappers bound in place), top page edge in gilt, 8vo (8 3/4 x 6 3/4 inches). Plate volumes: in the original printed stiff blue wrappers, each part is backed by the original brown cloth back-strip on the spine, elephant folio (20 1/2 x 14 3/4 inches). This complete work is the foundational study of all Asian Miocene vertebrate faunas. It also has much relevance for the study of European Miocene faunas as many of the taxa that were first described in this work later became known in Europe. In the early 1830s Hugh Falconer was the first to discover fossils in the Miocene Siwalik Hills of northern India; he collected there for a decade. Falconer returned to England in 1842 with 48 cases of fossils, bones and geological specimens. He compared his Indian fossils with fossils housed in museums throughout Europe. He teams up with paleontologist, Proby T. Cautley, who was actively involved in Falconer's Siwalik expeditions. Together they produced this significant work on Asian vertebrate paleontology. The only ownership marks is a single rectangular stamp of the Geological Society of London on the front wrapper of each part. The rear (blank) side of some plates in parts 1 and 2 also have a very small oval stamp of Geological Society. The text volume has a circular stamp of the Odd Fellows' Library Association of San Francisco; there are no other ownership marks in the text volume. This is work is very rare; this is the first copy I have handled in 28 years. Extra shipping will be required, especially for orders to Europe or Asia. There is small bump to the bottom outer front corner of the first four parts, there is mild scattered foxing to the outer margins of some plates with little or no effect to the images, there is an old stain to the top rear inner corner of the wrappers of part I (this extends into the text for a few pages), the outer front wrappers of part I show some light browning, the wrappers, plates and text of all of the other plate volumes and the text volume are bright and clean with almost no signs of use; overall, this is a tight, bright and clean set in very good condition. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: Fauna Antiqua Sivalensis, being the Fossil ...
Publisher: London: Smith, Elder and Co., -. First edition.
Publication Date: 1845
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