Iconographia della Fauna Italica per le Quattro Classi degli Animali Vertebrati, Tome II: Amfibi
By Bonaparte, Carlo L. Principe
Pp. (ii), 260 (pages un-numbered); 3 page table at beginning of text, 54 monochrome engraved lithographic plates. Publisher’s original one-quarter black cloth lettered in gilt on the spine, over dark-blue marbled boards, original tan marbled endpapers, folio (15.75 x 11 inches; 40 x 28 cm). Charles Bonaparte was born in Paris in 1803 to a brother of Napoleon – he became one of the best vertebrate zoologists of his day. Because of political events surrounding his family Bonaparte moved to Rome under papal protection and set up residence there. He then traveled to England and eventually to Philadelphia where he worked from 1823 to 1826 and later from 1827-1828. It was in Philadelphia that Bonaparte began his well-known four-volume series “American Ornithology” published in 1825-33. After 1829, he returned to Rome where he spent the rest of his career. Based on the extensive collections housed in his Roman estate he began work on his “Iconographia della Fauna Italica” which was published in parts from 1832 to 1841. Volume two in that series, offered here, covers the amphibians of Italy. This work became the standard on the Italian herpetofauna until it was superseded by Lorenzo Camerano’s monographs published in 1883-1891 (modified after Adler, History, volume 1, p. 29-30). The volume offered here is a spectacular example of Bonaparte’s work on ‘Amfibi’ in the original black-cloth over marbled boards binding. From the library of Andre Gaultry, a medical doctor in the town of Sens, with his custom bookplate on the front paste down. No other ownership marks.
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|Condition Description||Light foxing to the outer page edges only, a very bright and clean copy in fine condition.|