Pierre Bernard - Louis Couailhac - Gervais et Lemaout - Le jardin des plantes. Description complète, historique & pittoresque du muséum d'histoire naturelle - 1842

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Pierre Bernard - Louis Couailhac - Gervais et Lemaout - Le jardin des plantes. Description complète, historique & pittoresque du muséum d'histoire naturelle - 1842
Botany, Illustrated, Natural History, Ornithology - Quantity: 1 - Other - see description - Book

Pierre Bernard & Louis Couailhac, Gervais et Emm. Lemaout - Le jardin des plantes. Description complète, historique et pittoresque du muséum d'histoire naturelle, de la ménagerie, des serres, des galeries de minéralogie et d'anatomie et de la vallée Suisse - Paris, L. Curmer, 1842 - (5) ff, XXIV pp, (2) ff, 416 pages- period half shagreen with corners- sturdy large octavo - 27 x 27 cm.

Condition: Headcaps, joints in good condition, 1 rubbed corner, sturdy hinges, spine with raised bands adorned with bands and title in gold, some foxing an slightly browned sheets, speckled edges. Complete. First edition.

Book illustrated with a frontispiece, 128 animal plates (birds, reptiles, fish, insects, crustaceans, corals, portraits) including 11 finely coloured by hand. These colour plates are indeed exquisitely refined, with deep and vibrant colours. A fold-out map of the Jardin des Plantes. Numerous in text woodcut figures depicting animals.

Curmer specialised in high-end publishing, and we know that he went broke by commissioning the best engravings in England, the paper used, and he quickly went bankrupt. Hetzel purchased the stock.

The “jardin des plantes” is a superb publication that combines the interest of the subject-matter and discovery with the perfect execution of an exceptional book.

Apart from the flaws previously mentioned, this copy is in good condition.

Lot details
Object
Book
Number of Books
1
Subject
Botany, Illustrated, Natural History, Ornithology
Author/ Illustrator
Pierre Bernard - Louis Couailhac - Gervais et Lemaout
Book Title
Le jardin des plantes. Description complète, historique & pittoresque du muséum d'histoire naturelle
Condition
Good
Publication year oldest item
1842
Edition
1st Edition
Language
French
Original language
Yes
Publisher
Curmer
Binding/ Material
Half leather
Extras
Other - see description
Number of pages
416
Dimensions
27×19 cm
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