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  1. First edition. 12 vols comprising: 8 vols 4to text, plus 4 large folio volumes (1 atlas, 3 of plates), three engraved titles, 354 engraved plates and maps, contemporary green morocco-backed boards, atlas in original blue-green marbled boards, modern morocco-backed fold-over box. A fine fresh set, minor defects noted below.

    The set comprises:

    FREYCINET, L.-C. de S. de. Historique, 1825-37. 3 vols: 2 vols 4to text, large folio (49 x 33 cm) plate volume. Atlas: engraved title with integral vignette, 11 pages of letterpress text at back, Table explicative, 12 engraved maps or plans (2 double page) and 100 views, and portraits(41 hand-coloured). Occasional light spotting.

    QUOY, Jean R.C.; GAIMARD, Joseph P. Zoologie, 1824. 2 vols: 1 vol. 4to text, large folio plate volume . Atlas: engraved title on india paper mounted, 13 pages of letterpress text at back, Table Explicative, 96 engraved plates (77 hand-coloured or printed in colour and finished by hand) after Chazal, A. Prevost. Huet, Taunay, P. Oudart and others, by Coutant and others. The subjects include 27 birds, all coloured, 23 fish, most coloured, crustaceans, mammals, insects and others. Occasional light spotting, corners bumped.

    GAUDICHAUD, Charles. Botanique, 1826. 2 vols: Text, 1 vol. 4to, plate volume large folio. Plate volume: engraved title 22 pages of letterpress text at back, Table explicative, 120 engraved plates, unsigned but by A. Ploiret fils. The plates include 32 Hawaiian plants and 20 plates of newly described plants from New Holland.

    FREYCINET, L.-C. de S. de. Navigation et Hydrographie, 1826. 3 vols: Text: 1 vol. bound in 2, 4to; Atlas, large folio (59.5 x 40 cm). Text: 3 engraved plates. Atlas: letterpress title and 1p. Table des cartes et plans, 22 engraved maps and charts, after Duperrey, Labiche and Berard. Original tissue guards.

    FREYCINET. L.-C. de S. de. Observations du Pendule, 1826. 1 vol. 4to. Half-title, title with wood-engraved vignette.

    FREYCINET, L.-C. de S. de. Magnetisme terrestre, 1842. 1 vol. 4to. Half-title, one folding engraved map.

    FREYCINET. L.-C. de S. de. Meteorologie, 1844. 1 vol. 4to. Half-title.

    £135,000
  2. 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
  3. Second edition. 4to (29 x 23.5 cm.), xvi, 516pp., uncut in original boards, light toning to text, occasional light spotting, rebacked preserving spine, paper label renewed,corners worn, large corner cut from front free endpaper, nicely presented in modern red morocco-backed bookform box by Aquarius with label, scarce thus.

    £4,000
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. First edition. Complete set in 10 volumes, comprising 6 volumes 4to text and 4 large folio atlas volumes, with 4 engraved titles and 376 engraved plates and maps, including portraits, views, and natural history plates, many hand-coloured. Comprising:

    DUPERREY, L.-I. Histoire du Voyage. [1826]. Text 4to, i-xlvi, 1-202 pp. (all published, title lacking as usual); atlas with engraved title, 60 engraved plates, of which 59 hand-coloured, by Ambroise Tardieu after Duperrey, Lejeune and Chazal; title lightly foxed, a little spotting and browning.

    LESSON, R.P. & GARNOT, P. Zoologie. 1826-1830. 4 vols, comprising 3 vols 4to text and one large folio vol. Atlas in 27 parts. Text with half-titles and titles with engraved vignettes. Atlas with engraved title, small inserted letterpress Avis slip, 155 engraved plates of mammals, marsupials, birds, molluscs, reptiles, and insects, of which 153 hand-coloured, after Lesson, L. Prevost, Pretre, Guerin, Vauthier and others; 19 plates browned, two slightly damp-stained, title and two lightly soiled, title foxed, light browning and spotting. The plates include 37 of fish, 9 of mammals and marsupials, 44 of birds, 16 of molluscs, 5 of crustaceans, 22 of insects, and 7 of reptiles.

    DUMONT D'URVILLE; BRONGNIART, A. & BORY DE ST. VINCENT. Botanique. 1826-1829. 3 vols, comprising 2 vols 4to text in one and large folio Atlas (49 x 33 cms). Text: half-titles, titles with engraved vignettes. Atlas with engraved title, 106 engraved plates including 25 hand-coloured plates of seaweeds, by Barrois, Dusmenil, and others after P. Bessa, Borg de St. Vincent, and others; title foxed, plate I browned, some spotting to plate II. The work was apparently overseen by Dumont d'Urville: first volume on Cryptogamie by Bory de St. Vincent, the second on Phanerogamie by Bronginart. The coloured plates are all of sea-weeds (11 plates were omitted).

    DUPERREY, L.-I. Hydrographie. 1829. 2 vols, comprising one vol. 4to text in 3 parts (Hydrographie, Hydrographie et Physique and Physique) and one vol. atlas (57 x 43 cms). Text with 9 plates (of which 6 folding). Atlas with engraved title, 12 leaves letterpress text, 49 engraved maps by Ambroise Tardieu after Duperray and others (of which 19 double-page), and 4 engraved plates of various native sailing vessels by Berard after Duperrey and others.

    £75,000
  7. Engraving, 252 x 390mm (cut to plate mark), mounted.

    £1,750
  8. First edition. 4to (30.75 x 25 cms), [4],102, [2 (errata)] pp., uncut in original boards, neatly rebacked to style, light brown stain to inner upper quarter of pages through to C1, spotting to last 6 pages, overall a super rarity in excellent condition, well preserved in modern blue cloth box, red morocco label.

    £50,000
  9. First French edition. 8vo, xix, 546 pp., large folding map (short split to fold, lightly foxed), contemporary mottled calf gilt, red morocco label, lightly rubbed, an excellent copy.

    £2,250
 

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