• Travel, Science & Natural Hist auction at Christies

    Sale 5809

    Travel, Science & Natural History

    15 October 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 225

    AUDOUIN, J.V. and H. MILNE-EDWARDS, and others, editors. Annales des Sciences Naturelles ... partie zoologique. Paris: various publishers, 1834-1896. 62 volumes, 8° (233 x 148mm), comprising Second Series, vol. 1 through the Eighth Series, vol. 2. Numerous plates, some hand-coloured and folding. (Lacking Sixth Series, vol. 3-4, some occasional light spotting and soiling.) A near uniform set in green cloth with black spine labels (the first 25 vols with spines faded to yellow). Provenance: Patent Office Library (old stanps to some text leaves, verso of plates and edges of textblock, together with withdrawn stamps dated 31 May 1938 to verso of titles).

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    AUDOUIN, J.V. and H. MILNE-EDWARDS, and others, editors. Annales des Sciences Naturelles ... partie zoologique. Paris: various publishers, 1834-1896. 62 volumes, 8° (233 x 148mm), comprising Second Series, vol. 1 through the Eighth Series, vol. 2. Numerous plates, some hand-coloured and folding. (Lacking Sixth Series, vol. 3-4, some occasional light spotting and soiling.) A near uniform set in green cloth with black spine labels (the first 25 vols with spines faded to yellow). Provenance: Patent Office Library (old stanps to some text leaves, verso of plates and edges of textblock, together with withdrawn stamps dated 31 May 1938 to verso of titles).

    CONTAINS SOME EXTREMELY IMPORTANT FIRST PUBLICATIONS, including Louis Pasteur's 'Mémoire sur les corpuscules organisées qui existent dans l'atmostphére, examin de la doctrine des générations spontanées' (4th Series, Vol. 16, pp.5-98) which marks the beginning of the science of micro-biology. (62)


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    PROPERTY OF THE NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM, LONDON
    (Lots 225-245)

    The following lots are duplicates from the Natural History Museum, South Kensington, that are being sold to benefit collection development and specific collection projects. Their provenance is indicated externally by the Museum's various departmental library gilt stamps to the spines and small archival classmark labels, and internally by the usual ink stamps (together with their deaccession counterparts.) These latter are usually confined to just the preliminary leaves, titles, and versos of plates, are not greatly obtrusive, and are only mentioned in the following descriptions if they greatly affect condition.

    Some of the lots display provenances other than the Museum. For example, there are a number of books (especially the microscopical lots) from the Heron-Allen collection. Edward Heron-Allen (1861-1943), lawyer, classicist, musician, historian of the violin, cheiromancer, linguist and translator of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, military intelligence officer and foraminifera expert, built a library containing some 12,000 volumes at his home at Large Acres, Selsey Bill, Sussex. After his death, the natural history portion was bequeathed to the Natural History Museum, together with his slide collection 'one of the two most important type slide collections of recent foraminifera extant in England' (ONDB). All lots are sold without reserve, with all faults, and not subject to return.