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Payan-Dumoulin | Profusely illustrated manuscript of fossils, France, c.1875-1879

Estimate:

15,000

to
- 20,000 GBP

Property of Wolfgang Grulke, author of Heteromorph: The Rarest Fossil Ammonites (2014)

Payan-Dumoulin | Profusely illustrated manuscript of fossils, France, c.1875-1879

Payan-Dumoulin | Profusely illustrated manuscript of fossils, France, c.1875-1879

Estimate:

15,000

to
- 20,000 GBP

Property of Wolfgang Grulke, author of Heteromorph: The Rarest Fossil Ammonites (2014)


Payan-Dumoulin, E.


"Recueil d’histoire naturelle, coquilles vivantes et fossiles [etc.]". French, 1875-1879

manuscript, folio (470 x 325mm.), 71 leaves, the majority with pen, ink and wash illustrations, often mounted, contemporary vellum, one illustration detached, spine slightly worn


AN IMPORTANT PICTORIAL RECORD OF EARLY FRENCH PALEONTOLOGICAL RESEARCHES. A rare, substantial and profusely illustrated original manuscript, being a collection of drawings and notes on living and fossil shells, fossil-hunting and mineralogical expeditions, and natural history in general. The drawings, of which there are over 200, mostly depict ammonites, nautili, radiolites, trigonellites, trilobites and other fossil shells and bones in the author’s own collection (a few are from other private collections in France). Of particular note are the depictions of the uncoiled ammonites or heteromorphs.


The manuscript notes include captions (recording provenance and basic facts) and lengthier scientific descriptions, as well as detailed accounts of the author’s fossil-hunting expeditions in several regions of France (mostly in the south) from May 1875 to February 1876. Several pages also contain extracts from and comments on works by geologists and palaeontologists such as Lyell (Principles of Geology), Pictet (Traite elementaire de paleontologie), Guettard (Minéralogie du Dauphiné), Chenu (Manuel de conchyliologie); also Georges Cuvier and Denys de Montfort (about what is required by a naturalist from an illustration).


Dumoulin (1811–1887) was a government official in Aix-en-Provence, President of the court in Puy and a lawyer in Valence. He was also secretary of the Société de statistique, des arts utiles et des sciences naturelle de la Drôme. He was also author of Antiquités Gallo-Romaines découvertes à Toulon sur Allier et réflexions sur la ceramique antique (1860).


The manuscript has been consigned from the collection of the author and collector Wolfgang Grulke, who wrote about the uncoiled ammonites and featured this manuscript in his book Heteromorph: The Rarest Fossil Ammonites, part of his “Deep Time” trilogy. Mr Grulke has also featured this book page-by-page in a video on his YouTube channel:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMcXHcH4Mk0 (English captions)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHBgTsfm770 (French captions)

Spine slightly worn


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