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Ichthyologie ou Histoire Naturelle des Poissons

I love when booksellers take advantage of this feature on the site that allows users to supply multiple images for one listing. It’s an excellent way to better showcase a book – not only the cover, but also details of any damage, the copyright page, any special features of the book, illustrations, and of course, color plates. These gorgeous color plates caught my eye today, in Ichthyologie ou Histoire Naturelle des Poissons (Ichthyology or Natural History of Fishes) by Marc Elieser Bloch. In six volumes (this one bound in 3) with 216 hand-colored plates drawn from nature. We have only 4 original copies on the site, from 1785-1797. This one from 1795 has only 211 of the plates present. But what a way to generate interest and enthusiasm in a book, and let a potential buyer see what to expect and what the book has to offer. If I had only seen the cover of this book, it wouldn’t have stopped me.

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