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"A Natural History of Uncommon Birds, and of Some other rare and Undescribed animals, Quadrupedes, Reptiles, Fishes, Insects, &c. In four Parts." and "Gleanings of Natural History, in three parts"

By Edwards, George

A very good copy of the text to this important book. No plates included except the portrait of the author and one uncolored plate of a Samoan.

$1600.00

Herpetologia Mexicana, seu descriptio amphibiorum Novae Hispaniae
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Herpetologia Mexicana, seu descriptio amphibiorum Novae Hispaniae

By Wiegmann, Arend Fridericus Augustus

Marginal page repair on leaf 53/54 and plate I (very minor, see photos). Foxing on endpapers with a few spots on the titlepage and first two pages. A Very Good copy. Herpetology Mexicana was the earliest significant post-Linnean treatise on the lizards and crocodilians of Mexico. The first 21 pages of the book details Wiegmann's system of classification of the "Sauri,"– Lizards and Crocodiles. This section was initially published earlier in 1834 under the title "Systematis Saurorum Prodromus, e specimens herpetologiae Mexicanae primo seorsim editus." The second part of the book consists of Weigmann's taxonomic treatment of the lizards and crocodiles of Mexico. Included are the descriptions of 32 new species of lizards, some of which had been briefly described earlier in Oken's Isis. Descriptions of seven new genera are also given, including Heloderma. All of the descriptions are based on specimens collected by Ferdinand Deppe and Count von Sack in the 1820s. In 1969 the Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles reprinted this work in a smaller format with black and white plates and an introduction by Edward H. Taylor — from which the information above can be found along with additional information about the collection and Wiegmann. This book is one of the most difficult herpetological books to be found today with very few copies coming on the retail market in the last 60 years. In addition to it's scarcity, This large folio (12.5' x 18.75' or 31.75 cm x 47.5 cm) book is especially appealing because of its taxonomic importance and the ten beautifully hand-colored lithograph plates.

$15000.00

The Structure and Distribution of Coral Reefs, Third Edition
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The Structure and Distribution of Coral Reefs, Third Edition

By Darwin, Charles

Folding map, xx, 344 pages, (4), folding map. Original Green Cloth, Freeman 277Proceeds from the sale of this items go to the Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles

$450.00

Insectivorous Plants
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Insectivorous Plants

By Darwin, Charles

x, 462 pages. Ex-Lib with Hill Library Saint Paul on the title page. Binding shows some wear and between some signatures is loose, so the book lays flat. No indication of thousand (print number) or errata slip, agrees with Freeman 1217, first edition.

$1000.00

The Variation of Animals and Plants under Domestication
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The Variation of Animals and Plants under Domestication

By Darwin, Charles

Vol. 1: iv, 494 pages, (6); Vol. 2: 568 pages (8).Freeman 879 - First American Edition with a preface by Asa Gray. Previous owner's signature on flyleaf, dated 1874, as well as another previous owner's stamp and a bookstore (Acres of Books) stamp in volume 2. No other library marks except label on spine.Proceeds from the sale of this book go to The Society for the Study of Amphibians and Reptiles

$550.00

Verzeichniss der Reptilien, welche auf einer Reise im nordlichen America beobachtet wurden
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Verzeichniss der Reptilien, welche auf einer Reise im nordlichen America beobachtet wurden

By Wied-Neuwied, Alexander Philipp Maximillian zu

viii, 144, 7 hand-colored plates. Facsimile reprint with hand-colored plates. Limited to 100 signed & numbered copies. This is number 14/100. This special facsimile has been painstakingly produced to equal the original in quality and presentation. Each of the seven plates have been individually hand-colored by Lara Carroll. Plate seven was also printed by hand lithography. The entire book is printed on 100% cotton, mould-made paper imported from England.In 1832, Prince Maximilian and his artist, Carl Bodmer embarked on an expedition through North America to compare the Indians and natural history to those of South America which the prince had explored earlier. Their Journey would take them deep into the interior of North America, to Fort McKenzie, near present-day Great Falls, Montana. After returning to Europe in 1834, Prince Maxmilian spent the rest of his life studying his collections. This book is his major contribution to North American herpetology and is illustrated with seven beautifully handcolored plates of turtles and salamanders by Carl Bodmer.

$950.00

Traité sur la Vénin de la Vipere sur les poisons Americains sur le Laurier-Cerise et sur quelques autres poisons végetaux. On y a joint des observations sur la structure primitive du corps animal. Différentes expériences sur la reproduction des nerfs et la description d\'un nouveau canal de l\'Oeil
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Traité sur la Vénin de la Vipere sur les poisons Americains sur le Laurier-Cerise et sur quelques autres poisons végetaux. On y a joint des observations sur la structure primitive du corps animal. Différentes expériences sur la reproduction des nerfs et la description d'un nouveau canal de l'Oeil

By Fontana, Felix

Title, xxviii, 329 p.; xii, 373, 10 folding plates. First French edition, greatly expanded from the 1767 edition. Fontana's extensive research on snake venom is considered the beginning of modern toxicology."A contribution to comparative zoology by one of the foremost anatomists of the eighteenth century" - Wood. p. 344

$1500.00

Historia naturalis Ranarum nostratium / Die naturliche Historie der Froesche hiesigen Landes
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Historia naturalis Ranarum nostratium / Die naturliche Historie der Froesche hiesigen Landes

By Roesel von Rosenhof, August Johann

(10), viii, 116, 48 engraved plates (24 handcolored each with an uncolored key plate), 1 colored, engraved frontis. A very clean copy of the most well known and most desirable book on amphibians. Some plates trimed close effecting plate numbers on colored plates xiv, xix & xx, and uncolored plates xix, xx, xxi, xxii and a small portion of image (head of a dissectng pin) on both versions of plate xix. Faint dampstain on upper, inside corner of text pages 59-74 and a couple of the plates in this section. "The present volume is one of the classics of amphibiology. The illustrations are of the finest and the whole work is admirably done. The title and text appear both in Latin and german and there is a preface by A. von Haller—altogether a very valuable, early contribution to the literature of the batrachia." — Wood, 1931. August Johan Roesel was born into an Austrian noble family in Augustenburg, near Arnstadt, Germany on March 30, 1705. Following the early death of his father, his godmother, the reigning princess of Arnstadt-Schwarzburg, assumed responsibility for his education. She encouraged his artistic ability and in 1720 he was apprenticed to his uncle, Wilhem Roesel von Rosenhof, a well known painter. Four years later Rosel went to Nuremburg to continue his art training under the supervision of Johan Daniel Preisler. In 1726 Rosel went to the Danish court in Copenhagen to paint portraits and minatures. His paintings were so well received that he was asked to settle in Denmark. Unwilling to stay in Denmark he returned to Germany in 1728. During his journey back to Nuremberg, a high fever forced him to to stay in Hamburg for four-weeks. While in Hamburg, an aquaintance brought him a copy of Maria Sybilla Merian's book, Metamorphosis insectorum surinamensium (1705). This book inspired Roesel to do a similar study of German species. After returning to Nuremburg, Roesel began studying the local fauna in his spare time. After years of study, the first part of his Der monatlich-herausgegebenen Insecten-Belustigung was published (1740). The book was praised for its outstanding illustrations, but Roesel also defined insects systematically and divided them into natural groups. Today he is considered the Father of German Entology. Insects were not the only animals Rosel was studying, and in 1753, the same year he added von Rosenhof to his name, the first part of his Historia Naturalis Ranarum Nostratium/Die natürliche Histoire der Frösche hiesigen Landes was published. This book was completed in 1758 and Abrecht von Haller contributed a preface to the work. The text of this book is in parallel columns of Latin and German, thus the double title. At a time when most zoological texts contained mere descriptions of animals (e.g., Catesby 1731-43. The Natural History of Carolina, Florida, and the Bahama Islands; Seba 1734-1765. Locupletissimi rerum Naturalium Thesauri; or Linnaeus 1759. Systema Naturae), Roesel von Rosenhof described the natural history of amphibians in great detail. He could probably be considered the Father of Herpetological Natural History. Roesel von Rosenhof had begun a companion volume on lizards and salamanders, but in early 1759 a stroke paralyzed his left side. He died shortly after on March 27, 1759. (Adler, 1989; Gues, 1975) Nissen ZBI 3464, BMNH p. 1720, Wood p. 541, Engelmann p. 422, Agassiz p. 211, Savage p. 655, Waterhouse p. 341

$18500.00

Tableau Encyclopédique et Méthodique des trois règnes de la nature. Erpétologie
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Tableau Encyclopédique et Méthodique des trois règnes de la nature. Erpétologie

By Bonnaterre, Pierre Joseph

xxviii, 70 p., (2), 26 plates (plus 36 plates from the Ophiologie volume). Plates are: Amphibians 7 plates; Turtles 6 plates; Lizards & Crocodilians 13 plates; Snakes 36 plates. "The Encyclopédie Methodique is a modified version of Diderot and d'Alembert's great encyclopedia. It comprises 196 volumes, issued between 1782 and 1832. Herpetological matters are dealt with by Dauberton and by Bonnaterre." (Vanzolini)The two herpetology sections by Bonnaterre rely heavily on Lacepède, which is openly copied in parts. This work is a good example of late eighteenth century popular natural history. The engravings are generally copied from other works, but still hold some interest today. Being printed before pulp was used to make paper, the archival quality of this book is excellent and it remains in very good condition today.

$700.00

Tractatio de theoria descensus et ascensus gravium obliqui ejusque multiplici applicationes
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Tractatio de theoria descensus et ascensus gravium obliqui ejusque multiplici applicationes

By Benno Ignatius von Hoffstetten, Joseph Zweieiig, and Nicolaus Tolent Feichtmayr

Engraved foldout frontis, x, 74 p. 3 plates, (xxii). Marbled paper cover hinge cracked at lower portion of book, about 2 inches. First edition of a thesis on the motion of falling bodies and pendula. The large folding engraved frontis by Joseph Anton Zimmerman (1715-1797) is an allegorical portrait of Maximilian III Joseph, Duke of Bavaria

$500.00