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  1. Landscape 4to, title, list of plates and 26 copper-engraved plates, original stiff paper buff wrappers, titled to upper within a decorative boarder, green cloth spine; very occasional light spotting to some plates, with very occasional small closed tears to margin; overall a fine copy preserved in a dark green cloth box, with black morocco label to upper board.

    £9,500
  2. Small folio (28.0 x 18.5 cms), 4 ff. (six pages of printed text followed by one integral blank leaf [i.e. two pages]). Woodcut initial to first leaf.

    £125,000
  3. First edition. Text in Latin. Folio (31.5 x 20 cm), 32pp. (including pictorial engraved title page), + Icones, seu Tabulae Chorographicae with separate title page decorated with printers flowers, 3 leaves of illustrations, the first 2 with text to recto, image to verso, the third with text beneath image (verso blank), and 3 double-page engraved maps, full green morocco gilt by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, a fine copy.

    £25,000
  4. First edition. 2 vols, 4to, xiv, 463, [v]; 514, [ii], pp., 7 engraved folding maps (of which 6 by Robert de Vaugondy, including the world map centred on the Pacific), fine contemporary French 'cats paw' calf, spines richly gilt, brown and red morocco lettering-pieces, complete with all errata leaves and the * leaves, scattered light foxing volume II, an excellent set.

    £10,000
  5. First edition. 4 text vols, 4to (30 x 23 cms) and folio atlas (58 x 45 cms), engraved portrait of La Pérouse after Tardieu, atlas with engraved allegorical title-page by Moreau le Jeune, titled Atlas du voyage de La Pérouse without imprint, and 69 engraved plates comprising folding world map, 35 views and natural history plates, 33 maps or coastal profiles (of which 20 double-page). Text volumes contemporary half-calf, marbled boards, chip to head of spine vol. I, light marginal water-staining vol. II and title-page vol. III, bound without half-titles, joints vol. I cracked but sound, lightly rubbed, some scraping to boards; atlas 19th-century red morocco-backed boards, neatly rebacked, royal cypher of Prince Philippe of Belgium to cover and spine, marginal repair to tear (circa 7 cms) to blank outer margin plate 15, not touching image, occasional light foxing at beginning and end, an excellent set.

    £20,000
  6. First edition. 4to (29 x 23 cm.), iv, iii-vi, xviii, 180pp., engraved portrait, 6 folding maps, 3 plates, contemporary half calf, marbled boards, expertly rebacked, later endpapers, a very good copy.

    £7,500
  7. First French edition. 3 vols, 8vo, xxxii, 388; [4], 366; [4], 363 pp., large folding engraved map, 16 engraved plates. Contemporary French calf-backed marbled boards, corners and edges worn, large folding map with old repairs to verso, a bit creased and stained, a good set.

    £1,000
  8. First edition. 2 vols, 8vo, xv, [1], 574; [4], 520, vii pp. Illustrated with 4 lithographic plates, folding chart, scattered light foxing, contemporary green morocco-backed marbled boards gilt, a very good set.

    £8,500
  9. First (only) edition. 4to, [iv], 20, [ii], 22, 88, 16, 16, 14pp., half-title, contents leaf, 3 engraved maps, 2 folding, extra-illustrated with a large folding chart of the Atlantic on thicker paper, contemporary sprinkled calf gilt, red morocco label, half-title browned, joints rubbed, some browning towards the end, 2 leaves (in the Extrait) with paper repairs to lower margin not affecting text, a very good copy.

    £14,000
  10. First edition. A complete set, comprising twenty-one 8vo and four 4to text volumes and 6 large folio plate volumes (53.5 x 36 cms and Atlas Hydropgraphique 66 x 50 cms). Text in original wrappers and atlases in contemporary green morocco-backed boards (Atlas Hydrographique bound later to match), the plate volumes with 6 engraved titles, portrait, and 576 engraved plates, some 261 of these hand-coloured, a splendid set. Comprising:

    DUMONT d'URVILLE, 'Histoire du voyage', 1830-33. 5 vols in 10, 8vo (each vol. in 2 parts). 'Atlas historique', 2 vols, with 2 engraved titles, lithographic portrait, list of plates, 8 maps, and 247 lithographic plates (of which 53 wholly or partly hand-coloured); 8 plates with short marginal tears repaired, occasional light foxing or old water-stains.

    LESSON & RICHARD, 'Botanie', comprising I: 'Essai d'une Flore de la Nouvelles Zelande', 1832; II: 'Sertum Astrolabianum', 1834. Atlas vol. with engraved title and 79 engraved plates (of which 7 in colour), list of plates at end; [bound after] 'Entomologie' atlas with engraved title and 12 hand-coloured engraved plates; 2 plates browned.

    BOISDUVAL, 'Entomologie', comprising I: 'Lepidopteres', 1832; II: 'Colepteres', 1835; [bound with] 'Botanie' (see above). 2 vols 8vo text.

    QUOY & GAIMARD, 'Zoologie', 1830-35. 4 text vols in 6, 8vo. Atlas: 2 vols, with engraved title, 7 pp. list of plates, 193 engraved plates (of which 186 wholly or partly printed in colours and/or hand-coloured); the unlisted mammals plate 21 bis on India paper with repairs to upper margin, plate 73, molluscs, repaired along the plate line, some light damp-staining.

    DUMONT d'URVILLE, 'Philologie', 1833-34. 2 vols.

    DUMONT d'URVILLE, 'Observations meteorologiques, hydrographiques [2 vols], et de physique', 1834, 1833. Together 4 vols 4to. Atlas Hydrographique with engraved title, 25 pp., 42 engraved maps, charts, and plans (of which 20 double-page), some showing 2 or more subjects, 3 coastal profiles with additional hand-colour; some light scattered foxing.

    £110,000
 

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