A pair of vintage French reference books on animals and wild life, La Vie des Animaux, 1952. Hardbound in very dark green leather-textured woven fabric, the covers have impressed scenes of animal life, one being a jaguar among brush, the second being a swimming goldfish with aged gilding. One volume has an intro with basic genetics, classification and info on prominent biologists. It then launches into single celled organisms, sea invertabrates, all manner of fish, insects and amphibians. The other is dedicated mostly to land life with lizards and reptiles all the way up to mammals, including whales. There are numerous photos and illustrations between the books that show the animals in habitat and at various stages of their life cycles. There are a handful of wonderful color plates in each book, as well. Published by Larousse in Paris and authored by Léon Bertin. The liner inside both books features lovely stylized dandelion flowers.
Condition: Great vintage condition with very light wear to the binding, including loss of original gilding. Typical age discoloration of the paper, but no noticed bent corners
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