POLLEN, François P. L. and D. C. VAN DAM. Recherches sur la Faune de Madagascar et de ses Dépendances... 1re Partie. Relation de Voyage. Leiden: E. J. Brill, 1868-1877. 5 parts in one volume, 4° (285 x 210mm). 48 lithographic plates, including one double-page, the majority tinted with some hand-colouring, by J. G. Keulemans and M. J. Goedkind after Pollen, several by G. Bos after photographs, printed by P. W. M. Trap, 2 maps, one folding. (Occasional very slight marginal browning.) Later half-calf gilt by R. H. Porter, original wrappers to all livraisons bound in. Provenance: A. J. Dearden (armorial bookplate).
First edition of the first part of 'a rare and important series' (Wood) on Madagascar. The series, comprising 5 volumes (of which volume 3 was never published) describes the island's mammals, birds, fish and insects; this first volume comprises Pollen's account of voyages, with attractive plates. Grandidier 4011; Wood 522.
[Alfred GRANDIDIER. Histoire Naturelle de Mollusques de Madagascar. Paris: 1889]. (310 x 222mm). 27 hand-coloured lithographic plates by Arnoul [after Crosse and Fischer], printed by Becquet. (Occasional very light unobtrusive spotting.) Modern red half morocco gilt. Crosse and Fischer's atlas volume on the conchology of Madagascar, published as part of Alfred Grandidier's work, Histoire Physique, Naturelle et Politique de Madagacar. Cf. Grandidier 2136. [Together with 7 other volumes on the fauna and flora of Madagascar, the Comores and the Mascarene Islands, including Dr. BOISDUVAL. Faune Entomologique de Madagascar, Bourbon et Maurice: Lépidoptères. Paris, 1833, 16 hand-coloured engraved plates after Blanchard (Grandidier 473); and P. BLEEKER. Contribution à la Faune Ichthyologique de L'île Maurice. Amsterdam: C. G. Van der Post, 1878.