Élémens D'Anatomie et de Physiologie Comparées; Dédiés aux Gens du Monde, ou Étude Succincte des Ressorts et des Phénomènes de la Vie chez L'Homme et chez les Animaux, avec des Observations Philosophiques et Morales. (Elements of Comparative Anatomy and Physiology; Dedicated to People of the World, or Succinct Study of the Scopes and Phenomena of Life in Man and in Animals, with Philosophical and Moral Observations) [PRESENTATIONAL COPY TO MAXIMILIAN I]
Château de Belle-Roche, near Amboise: Published by the author, 1864. Later printing. Hardcover. Octavo. (xv) 549pp. Original pebbled burgundy Morrocco boards with gilt-stamped lettering and gilt, black and blind-stamped decorative ruling on covers, gilt lettering, tooling and ruling on spine; raides bands and gilt dentelles. Gilt edges. White textured silk endpapers. Frontispiece albumen photograph of the author pasted to stiff paper, with tissue guard. As stated on the front cover in gilt lettering, this is a presentational copy from the author, specialy bound as a gift to Maximilian I, Austrian archduke of the House of Habsburg-Lorraine, who reigned as the Emperor of Mexico, during the short-lived and ill-fated Second Mexican Empire, from 1864-1867. Although the title page states that the "text accompanied is by eight plates containing one hundred and twenty-four figures drawn by the author", these illustrations are not present, and may have only been included in the original printing of the book. The list of illustrations is still included at the bacck of the book. Errata following dedication page and descriptive list of plates at front. Text in French.
Binding with light rubbing to extremities, and light scratches to the covers. Starting to the gutter of the interior covers, and the title page. A small hole to the front free endpaper. Light sporadic foxing throughout. Book block tight overall. Binding and interior in very good- condition overall. Quite Scarce. vg-. Item #47981