Milano, P. Hugues, 1822. Folio. 48x32,5 cm. Bound in one cont. hcalf, richly gilt back and title-label with gilt lettering. (Title-label a little torn). Lightly rubbed along edges and spine ends, but good. Engraved ornamental title-page (printed in brown). 6 engraved leaves with text and 4 plates with descendt-line, skeletons etc., 17 printed leaves of text, 25 engraved leaves with text (Indices and text). And in all 89 fine stipple-engraved plates (4 separately numb. + I-LXX + I-XV). Plates with engraved frame and at bottom engraved text in Italian.
A large uncut copy with broad margins. Scattered marginal brownspots, a few tears to margins, images clean and bright.
Scarce title-issue of this important, and perhaps the largest, monograph on primates, apes and monkeys from the 19th century by the French painter Nicholas Henri Jacob. The original issue was published in 2 parts 1812-14. This title-issue has a reset title-page, a new dedication and the text beneath the image is in Italian. The illustrations in these splendid stipple-engravings are the same.
The plates depict apes, monkeys and lemurs from the Old World and The New World in 5 Classes: 1. Genere; Orang; Pithecus. 2. Genere. Babbuino. 3. genere. Guenone; Cercopithecus. 4. Genere. Sapajù; Cebus. 5. genere. Sapajù-Sagoino; Callithrix.- Part II: Famiglia. I Maki; Lemures.
Wood p. 402. - BMC (NH) II:916 (but with the year 1823 "This is the same as the original from 1812, except in the setting of the title-page, of the dedication, and of the translations of the introduction." - Nissen. 2080.