HUMBOLDT, Friedrich Wilhelm Heinrich Alexander, Baron von (1769-1859) and Aimé J.A. BONPLAND (1773-1858). Recueil d'observations de zoologie et d'anatomie comparée, faites dans l'océan atlantique, dans l'intérieur du nouveau continent et dans la mer du sud pendant les années 1799 ... 1803 [part II of: Voyage]. Paris: J.H. Stône for F. Schoell and Gel. Dufour et Compie. [vol. I] and J. Smith for J. Smith and Gide [vol. II], '1811' [but 1812]-1833.
2 volumes, 4° (362 x 270mm). General and part half-titles and titles. 58 engraved plates [including 2 numbered XLVIII] by Bouquet, Coutant et al. after Humboldt, Barraband, Huet et al., 40 hand-coloured, some heightened with gum arabic. Letterpress tables in the text, some full-page. (Some variable spotting and dustmarking.) Contemporary near-uniform French red morocco-backed, paper-covered boards, flat spines decorated and lettered in gilt, top edges trimmed, others uncut, (boards lightly marked, extremities lightly rubbed and scuffed, vol. II with short tear at foot of spine and bumped at lower edges). Provenance: Faculty of Physicians & Surgeons, Glasgow (bookplates; small inkmark on one title and neat shelfmarks on spines).
FIRST EDITION. THE ZOOLOGICAL PART OF HUMBOLDT AND BONPLAND'S 'SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERY OF AMERICA' (Norman 1111). Humboldt and Bonpland's six-year research expedition through America was undertaken between 1799 and 1804 and 'amassed exhaustive data in a wide array of fields from meterolgy to ethnography, and gathered 60,000 plant specimens, 6,300 of which had been hitherto unknown in Europe' (Norman); the journals were published under the general title of Voyage aux régions équinoxiales du nouveau continent, fait en 1799 ... 1804 (Paris: 1805-37, 24 vols), subdivided into six sections covering different fields. The Recueil d'observations de zoologie forms the second part of the work, and was originally issued between 1804 and 1809; this issue was then cancelled and the part was published in the present form (of which pp.1-309 correspond to the earlier issue). The majority of the 20 articles that comprise the work were written by Humboldt, with others contributed by Cuvier, Valenciennes and Latreille. Anker 218; BM(NH) II, pp.890-1; Nissen ZBI 2048; Ronsil 1425; Sabin 33755; Wood p.394. (2)