JARDINE, William (1800 - 1874)

Ichthyology - The set of six volumes of FISHES (The naturalist’s library).

Edinburgh, W.H. Lizars, 1845 -1854: Sextodecimo (167 x 107mm), volumes XXXV -XL of the Naturalist's Library, with 6 frontspiece portraits, 6 steel-engraved title vignettes next to the printed titles (1 hand-coloured) all with fishery scenes and 196 full-page steel-engravings of which 192 beautifully hand-coloured.

Contemporary binding of green half calf, spine with gilt raised bands, compartments with gilt decorations. Marbled edges, pastedowns front and endpapers.

Hinges slightly worn. Volume1, John Stevenson Bushnan, 1845-1846 (second edition): Fishes, particularly their nature, structure (with a memoir of Salviani and portrait). Pp. 219 and 32 plates. Volumes 2 and 3, Robert Hamilton, 1852-1854 (second edition): British Fishes Part I (with a memoir of Rondelet and portrait). Pp. 313 and 23 plates. Part II (with a memoir of Von Humboldt and portrait). Pp. 424 and 45 plates. Volume 4, William Jardine, 1846 (first edition): Fishes of the perch family (with a memoir of Sir Joseph Banks and portrait) and coloured title vignette. Pp.207 and 35 plates (33 hand-coloured). Volumes 5 and 6, R. H. Schomburgk, 1845-1846 (second edition): Fishes of the British Guiana Part I (with a memoir of Robert H. Schomburgk and portrait). Pp. 263 and 31 plates (30 hand-coloured). Part II (with a memoir of Burckhardt and portrait). Pp. 214 and 30 plates. A complete and handsome set. Nissen, Schöne Fischbücher, 1951, nr. 79 and 80.

Price: € 850,00

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