GUÉRIN-MÉNEVILLE, Felix-Edouard. ( 1799-1874). Iconographie du règne animal de G. Cuvier: ou, représentation d'aprés nature de l'une des espèces les plus remarquables, et souvent non encore figurées, de chaque genre d'amimaux . Avec un texte descriptif mis au courant de la science. Paris: J. B. Baillière, 1829-1844.
50 parts in 9 volumes, 4o (306 x 240 mm). Engraved portraits of Cuvier, Latreille and Guérin, 448 plates with ca. 6200 illustrations in 2 states (colored and uncolored, 3 plates with an addtional plate on India paper) by Annedouche, Canu, Giraud, Lagesse, Lebrun, Pedretti, Plée and Smith after Rémond and Langlois. 19th-century half morocco, spines gilt, top edges gilt, uncut, 5 original lithographed wrappers bound in (minor rubbing to edges). Provenance: Dr. Hauquelin (bookplate).
FIRST EDTION, SIGNED BY CUVIER AND LATREILLE on plate margins of the 3 additional plates on India paper (Cuvier signed twice), LARGE PAPER COPY with all plates in colored and uncolored states. Text and plates were also issued in octavo. A complement to the work of Georges Cuvier and Pierre André Latreille, which lacked illustrations. "In a report to the Académie des Sciences Cuvier recommended the work as being very useful for people who wanted to know the multifarious animal forms, and he also said that the figures were 'as accurate as they were elegant'" (Anker 191). Brunet II:1786; Nissen ZBI 1747; Ronsil 1284. (9)