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  1. First edition; 2 vols, 4to, (329 x 265 mm); complete with 14 lithographic plates, 112 woodcuts, 5 maps, 31 engraved plates of fossils, 9 folding hand-coloured geological sections signed by the author, some pages lightly spotted,second vol contains large, hand-coloured engraved 3 sheet folding map signed by Murchison of 'The Silurian Region and Adjacent Counties of England & Wales, Geologically Illustrated', also containing a 'map of England and Wales, Coloured according to Geological Systems', 28 compartments, (976 x 1633 mm), backed on red silk edged linen, with autographed letter signed 'Rodk Murchison' to the French naturalist Dr Henri Milne-Edwards, asking for an 'account of the Serpulina formed shelly body' for his description of the Ludlow rocks; fine contemporary calf binding with red morocco labels on decorated spine, gilt ruled boards with ornithological motif gilt stamped on upper cover, corners of boards and spine slightly bumped; 768pp, overall a very good copy.

    £13,500
  2. Manuscript; folio, (470 x 330 mm); approx. 225 watercolour illustrations by E. de Payan du Moulin, with manuscript titles and together with 25pp description of geological expeditions in the area of Dauphine (Rhône-Alpes) and to Labedoule Conte de Roquefort in May, many illustrations drawn on card and laid down, some spotting and light soiling; vellum binding, spine chipped with loss at foot.

    £25,000
 

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