London, South Kensington
1 June 2009
[GEOFFROY-SAINT-HILAIRE, Étienne (1772-1844) and Jean Charles Frédéric CUVIER (1773-1838). Histoire Naturelle des Mammifères avec des figures originales, coloriées, dessinées d'après des animaux vivants. Paris: A. Belin, 1819-1824-1842]. 2° (514 x 335mm). 30 (of 432) hand-coloured lithographic plates by and after Jean Charles Werner (1798-1856), printed by A. Belin, Brégeaut & Cie, Delaporte, Langlumé, and C. de Lasteyrie. (Lacking title, Cuvier's introduction and text to last six plates, variable spotting, browning, and offsetting.) Contemporary green cloth binding of watered silk (rubbed, joints and spine ends fraying and splitting).
'UN DES OUVRAGES LES PLUS EXACTE ET LES MIEUX EXéCUTé QUE L'ON AIT ENCORE DONNé SUR LES MAMMIFèRES' (Brunet). The Histoire naturelle des mammifères described 'approximately 500 species...(about 100 were known slightly)' (DSB III, p.521). It was published in 72 livraisons between 1818 and 1842. It is a rare work in its complete form, presumably due to the lengthy period of publication, and only three copies complete with all 72 livraisons are recorded at auction since 1975. BM(NH) II, p.656; Brunet II, 1535-1536; Nissen ZBI 152; Wood p.354.
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