GRANDIDIER, Alfred (1836-1921), Alphonse MILNE-EDWARDS (1835-1900) & Louis LAVAUDEN. Histoire Physique, Naturelle et Politique de Madagascar, Volumes XII-XIV and Supplément, Histoire Naturelle des Oiseaux, Paris: l'Imprimerie Nationale, 1876-1885; Supplement, Paris: Société d'Editions Géographique, Maritimes et Coloniales, 1937. 5 volumes, large 4° (314 x 240mm). Half-titles, 400 lithographed plates by Becquet, including 236 chromolithographs, after Keulemans, Hüet, Faguet and Louveau, coloured plates interleaved with tissue guards, and 12 hand-coloured lithographed plates by Jacomet after Dongé in the Supplément. (Occasional light spotting or staining throughout, mainly affecting text or plain plates, some marginal spotting to colour plates.) Uniformly bound by B. Hauttecoeur in brown morocco-backed papered boards, spines titled in gilt, all with original wrappers bound in (extremities of some vols. slightly rubbed). Grandidier 2136; Nissen IV 385; Fine Bird Books p.102; Wood 366.
GRANDIDIER, A. & Alphonse MILNE-EDWARDS. Volume VI and IX: Histoire Naturelle des Mamifères. Paris: 1875. 4°, 2 volumes, text and atlas (316 x 243mm). Half-titles, 122 full-page lithographed and chromolithographed plates, including one map and 5 printed photographed plates after Michelez. (Occasional very slight spotting.) 19th-century red half morocco, spines titled in gilt (some slight wear at extremities). NUMBER 50 OF A LIMITED EDITION. Grandidier 2136; Nissen ZBI 1676. RARE. FIRST EDITION OF THE ENTIRE ORNITHOLOGICAL SECTION and the text and one (of two) plate volumes from the mammals section of Grandidier's magnificent and comprehensive work on Madagascar, 'altogether a splendid example of systematic work' (Wood).