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Histoire naturelle des Oiseaux.

BUFFON, Georges Louis Leclerc, Comte de.

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Item Description: Hard cover. 973 finely engraved & handcolored plates with 14 of the orig. watercolors. Each plate within a triple ruled frame, handcolored in yellow. Text within decorative borders. Ten vols. Large folio (465 x 320 mm.), fine French polished calf (ca. 1820-30) by Messier, sides finely panelled in gilt & blind in the Romantic style, spines divided into seven compartments with gilt tooling or lettering, a.e.g. Paris: Imprimerie Royale [Vols. I-VI]; Suivant la Copie de l’Imprimerie Royale [VII-X], 1771-72-74-77-78-83-83-83-84-86. A magnificent large-paper set, finely bound, of "one of the early and important landmarks in the history of ornithology" (Zimmer), richly illustrated with 973 engraved plates, all very finely handcolored, and with the addition of fourteen of the original watercolors by François Nicolas Martinet, the artist for the entire work. This set, in very fine condition, is the "most ambitious and comprehensive bird book [and] ranks still as one of the most important of all bird books from the collector’s point of view."–Fine Bird Books, p. 63. In 1765, at Buffon’s direction, Martinet began the enormous project of drawing, painting, and engraving the plates. In the course of production over eighty artists and assistants were engaged, ultimately producing 973 ornithological plates. An additional 35 plates depicting animals, reptiles, insects, and corals were produced at the same time, but they are not mentioned in the body of the text; it is common to find most sets without them (as in the present set). This work was issued in four formats: the large and ordinary paper folio sets were issued with handcolored plates by and after François Martinet. Quarto and 12mo issues were also produced, illustrated with a series of black-and-white plates drawn by de Sève. As mentioned above, this set has been enriched with fourteen of the original watercolors by Martinet bound-in. They are: 1. Hirondelle de Mer, de Cayenne (Vol. IX, 988), unsigned but by Martinet 2. Oye, des terres Magellaniques (Vol. IX, 1006), unsigned but by Martinet 3. Canard musqué (Vol. X, 989), signed "Martinet" 4. Canard, de Miclon (Vol. X, 1008), signed "Martinet" 5. Millouinars (Vol. X, 1002), signed "Martinet" 6. Le Morillon (Vol. X, 1001), signed "Martinet" 7. Canard du Nord (Vol. X, 995), signed "Martinet" 8. Canard Brun (Vol. X, 1007), signed "Martinet" 9. Sarcelle d’Égypte (Vol. X, 1000), signed "Martinet" 10. Sarcelle, de l’isle de Férroë (Vol. X, 999), signed "Martinet" 11. Le Pétrel, ou l’oiseau-Tempête (Vol. X, 993), the engraved plate has been signed by Martinet but the drawing is definitely by him. 12. Le Pingoin (Vol. X, 1003), signed "Martinet" 13. Femelle du Pingouin (Vol. X, 1004), signed "Martinet" 14. Mancho des Hottentots (Vol. X, 1005), again the engraved plate has been signed by Martinet but the drawing is by him. This pagination of this copy collates according to Zimmer with the directions to the binder and errata at the end of each volume. In some copies the first volume is dated 1770. A fine set. Several upper joints with some barely noticeable and minor repairs. ? Anker 76–"one of the chief works of ornithological literature." Nissen 158. Zimmer, pp. 104-06. Bookseller Inventory # JHABES3290

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Histoire Naturelle Des Oiseaux.

BUFFON, Georges Louis Marie Leclerc, Comte De (1707-1788).

Published by Paris: De l'Imprimerie royale, 1770-1786. (1786)

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Item Description: Paris: De l'Imprimerie royale, 1770-1786., 1786. 10 volumes, folio (18 1/2 x 13 1/4 in.; 464 x 343 mm). 973 fine hand-colored plates drawn and engraved by François Nicolaus Martinet under the supervision of Edme Daubenton, text within decorative borders. Contemporary half red straight-grained morocco (extremities scuffed, bookplates removed from the front paste-downs). Provenance: George M. Pflaumer. "Ranks still as one of the most important of all bird books from the collector's point of view" (Fine Bird Books). First edition, large paper issue, bound as often found without the 35 extra plates of animals, insects, and reptiles designed to illustrate ornithological volumes of Buffon's monumental "Histoire naturelle generale" (1749-1804). Buffon was appointed keeper of the "Jardin du Roi", later the "Jardin des Plantes", and the collection connected with it, the "Cabinet du Roi" in 1739. He augmented the collection of birds exponentially, increasing it to more than 800 species gathered from all four corners of the globe. In 1765 at Buffon's direction, Martinet began drawing and painting the collection, and engraved the plates under the supervision of Edme Daubenton. In1770 the first volume devoted to birds was published: "Its popularity was primarily assured by Buffon's great literary ability which allowed him to present even the most difficult topics in such sparkling style, in such a universally understandable form, and so fascinating a manner that, as was said, even ladies found amusement in reading about them.the special merit of the work is principally due to the fact that. it was the first to create interest in Nature and natural history in wide circles" (Anker). Buffon's "Oiseaux." was ultimately issued in four formats: the large and ordinary paper folio sets were issued with hand-colored plates by and after Francois Martinet. Quarto and twelve-mo issues were also produced, illustrated with a series of black and white plates drawn by de Seve. Anker 76; "Fine Bird Books" 83; McGill/Wood 267; Nissen IVB 158; Zimmer 104-106. For more information about this book, or a warm welcome to see it and other books in our library at 72nd Street, NYC, please contact Kate Hunter, M.A. Oxon, in the Rare Book Department. Bookseller Inventory # 000993

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Histoire naturelle des oiseaux de paradis et des rolliers, suivie de celle des toucans et des Barbus.

LEVAILLANT, François (1753-1824).

Published by Paris: Denné le jeune and Perlet, [?1801]-1806. (1806)

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Item Description: Paris: Denné le jeune and Perlet, [?1801]-1806., 1806. 2 volumes. Folio (20 x 13 inches). Half-titles. 114 etched plates after Jacques Barraband by Bouquet, Grémilliet, and Perée, printed in colors by Langlois and Rousset and finished by hand including 6 folding (some spotting and browning at the end of volume one). FINE contemporary diced Russia elegantly decorated in gilt with the gilt arms of the Order of the Garter in the centre of the front cover of each volume (rebacked preserving the original spine). Provenance: with the gilt arms of Knight of the Order of the Garter presumably belonging to George Legge, 3rd Earl of Dartmouth KG, PC, FRS (1755 - 1810), styled Viscount Lewisham until 1801; with the early 20th-century engraved bookplate of William Heneage Legge, 6th Earl of Dartmouth GCVO, KCB, PC, VD, TD, JP (1851 - 1936), styled Viscount Lewisham between 1853 and 1891, on the front paste-down; with Bernard Quaritch Ltd 1921; inscribed on the bookplate and on the verso of the front free endpaper of each volume by A.J. Dearden and dated 1925. "[A] MAGNIFICENT WORK" (Wood). First edition, and a FINE COPY, IN AN ELEGANT BINDING, WITH SUPERB COLOURING HEIGHTENED IN GOLD, AND WITH AN ILLUSTRIOUS PROVENANCE, this issue with the title-pages without the monogram or the phrase "Libraire de S.A.I. le Prince Joseph" after Denné's name found in other sets. Originally issued in 19 parts between 1801 and 1806. With spectacular plates of exotic birds by Jacques Barraband (1767-1809), "considered among the best bird artists of the time [whose] work for Le Vaillant was the climax of his career" (Jackson). Barraband originally trained as a draughtsman at the celebrated Gobelins tapestry factory in Paris, and then worked as a ceramic artist drawing for the Sévres factory in 1806, his achievements as an ornithological artist, illustrating the works of Levaillant and others, came later in life. Apart from their undoubted beauty, Barraband's engravings display a scientific accuracy that few ornithological artists have matched since. The meticulous hand-colored engravings in Levaillant's publications were unmatched for the delicate modulations of tone and color, fine lines and perfect draftsmanship, making them exceptional in their richness and tonal variation. Each feather is described by dozens of parallel lines, providing remarkable detail and naturalistically textured color. Some of the prints are embellished with touches of gold leaf on the feathers of the cheeks and shoulders of the birds, emphasizing the preciousness of the plates and reproducing the iridescence of the birds' feathers. From the distinguished library of the Earls of Dartmouth, probably acquired by the 3rd Earl at the time of his investiture as a Knight of the Order of the Garter in 1805. Dartmouth served as lord steward of the household from August 1802 and as lord chamberlain from May 1804. He was a trustee of the British Museum (1802-10). Anker 304; "Fine Bird Books" p. 118; C. Jackson, "Dictionary of Bird Artists of the World", Woodbridge: 1999, p.148; Nissen IVB 559; Ronsil 1780; Wood p. 434; Zimmer p. 393. Catalogued by Kate Hunter. Bookseller Inventory # 72nhr120

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Item Description: Desray, 1802. Couverture rigide. Book Condition: Très bon. 502 x 338 mm. 5 parties réunies en 2 grands volumes in-folio de : I/ (2) ff., X pp., 128, 70 planches numérotées à pleine page, 8 pp., 6 planches numérotées à pleine page, 28 pp., 9 planches numérotées à pleine page ; II/ (2) ff., 128 pp., 89 planches numérotées à pleine page (numérotées 88 car il y a une 26 bis), 40 pp., 16 planches numérotées à pleine page dont une sur double page (n°14). Soit au total 190 planches. Qs. légères piqûres sans gravité. Demi-maroquin rouge à coins, dos lisses richement ornés, tranches jaunes. Empreinte ronde d'un verre humide sur le plat du second volume. Reliure de l'époque. ÉDITION ORIGINALE ORNÉE DE 190 ESTAMPES GRAVÉES SUR CUIVRE D’APRÈS LES DESSINS DE JEAN-BAPTISTE AUDEBERT, IMPRIMÉES EN COULEURS ET REHAUSSÉES A L'OR PUR SELON UNE MÉTHODE ORIGINALE MISE AU POINT PAR AUDEBERT. Fine Bird Books p. 56 ; Nissen IVB, 47; Ronsil 103; Wood, p. 206; Zimmer, p. 17; Sander, Illustrierten franz ö sischen Bücher des 18. Jahrhunderts, 58. L'UN DES TRÈS PRÉCIEUX 200 EXEMPLAIRES DE LUXE TIRES AU FORMAT GRAND IN-FOLIO AVEC LES LÉGENDES IMPRIMÉES EN OR. Publié en 32 livraisons pendant vingt-six mois, l'ouvrage est divisé en dix sections. Jean-Baptiste Audebert (1759-1800) mourut au cours de la publication de cette œuvre qui fut poursuivie par Louis-Pierre Vieillot (1748-1831). IL S'AGIT DE L'UNE DES PLUS IMPORTANTES PUBLICATIONS ORNITHOLOGIQUES DU XIXE SIÈCLE. LES TRES BELLES PLANCHES REPRÉSENTENT UN GRAND NOMBRE D’ESPÈCES NOUVELLES, "particulièrement de la Nouvelle Hollande". SUPERBE EXEMPLAIRE DE L'UN DES PLUS BEAUX LIVRES CONSACRES AUX OISEAUX, TRÈS GRAND DE MARGES ET CONSERVE DANS SA JOLIE RELIURE DE L’ÉPOQUE EN DEMI-MAROQUIN ROUGE FINEMENT DÉCORÉ. *** FIRST EDITION ILLUSTRATED WITH 190 COPPER-ENGRAVINGS AFTER JEAN-BAPTISTE AUDEBERT'S DRAWINGS, PRINTED IN COLOR AND ENHANCED WITH PURE GOLD ACCORDING TO AN ORIGINAL TECHNIQUE FINALIZED BY AUDEBERT. Fine Bird Books p. 56; Nissen IVB, 47; Ronsil 103; Wood, p. 206; Zimmer, p. 17; Sander, Illustrierten franz ö sischen Bücher des 18. Jahrhunderts, 58. ONE OF THE 200 VERY PRECIOUS DELUXE COPIES PRINTED IN LARGE FOLIO FORMAT WITH THE CAPTIONS PRINTED WITH GOLD. IT IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT ORNITHOLOGICAL PUBLICATIONS OF THE 19TH CENTURY. THE VERY BEAUTIFUL PLATES REPRESENT A LARGE NUMBER OF NEW SPECIES, "in particular from New Holland" "Its plates, heightened with gold, and so finished that they are little less than hand-illuminated engravings, make this one of the most beautiful books of its era. It is the gold reflections of the plumage that render the book unique and wonderful" (Fine Bird Books). "The plates with the bird portraits are in beautiful colours; in this respect they are among the best color prints found in ornithology" Anker 14. A SUPERB COPY OF ONE OF THE MOST WONDERFUL BOOKS DEDICATED TO BIRDS, WIDE-MARGINED AND PRESERVED IN ITS BEAUTIFUL CONTEMPORARY RED MOROCCO QUARTER BINDING FINELY DECORATED. Bookseller Inventory # 000290

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Les oiseaux les plus remarquables par leurs formes et leurs couleurs scènes variées de leurs moeurs & de leurs habitudes.]

TRAVIÈS, Édouard.

Published by Paris Ledot aine circa (1857)

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Item Description: Paris Ledot aine circa, 1857. Large folio (60 x 42.5 cm), a total of 78 hand-coloured lithograph plates by Travies, sometimes heightened with gum arabic, comprising 77 (of 79) plates with an extra inserted plate 60 (as often) of butterflies substituting plate 60 from the bird series, missing the last pl. 79, occasional light marginal spotting. Contemporary red half morocco gilt, upper cover titled in gilt, gilt edges, a fine copy. "Some of the plates are simply wonderful and are among the best portraits of birds ever painted" (Wood). A beautiful example of the scarce first edition, handsomely bound, with provenance: Baron Lilford was one of the eight founders of the British Ornithologists' Union in 1858 and its President from 1867 until his death. He was also the first President of the Northamptonshire Natural History Society. Lilford travelled widely, especially around the Mediterranean and his extensive collection of birds was maintained in the grounds of Lilford Hall. His second residence was Bank Hall in Bretherton, Lancashire, which he inherited from his father (3rd Baron Lilford), who inherited it from George Anthony Legh Keck. He inherited the Holland Estates from his mother's family. Until 1891, his aviaries featured birds from around the globe, including rheas, kiwis, Pink-headed Ducks and a pair of free-flying Lammergeiers. He was responsible for the introduction of the little owl into England in the 1880s. He wrote about birds including Notes on the Birds of Northamptonshire and Neighbourhood (1895) and Coloured Figures of the Birds of the British Islands (1885-1897). The work was issued periodically as a collection of plates without title or text, and the rare copies usually don't contain the full complement of plates, as here (and the Bradley Martin copy). Traviès was perhaps the first artist to capture the character of individual birds. This, together with the wealth of detail in the backgrounds, give great charm to the images and lift them above mere ornithological illustration. Nissen IVB 946; Wood 601. Bookseller Inventory # 90567

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Item Description: Paris, AN XI- (1800-) 1802. 2 volumes. Large folio (500 x 320mm). With 190 (1 double-page) colour-printed engraved plates by Audebert, many heightened with gold, printed by Langlois. Contemporary red half morocco, richly gilt ornamented spines in 7 compartments. A beautifully bound and very clean copy, of one of two hundred copies in folio with the captions printed in gold. "Its plates, heightened with gold, and so finished that they are little less than hand-illuminated engravings, make this one of the most beautiful books of its era. It is the gold reflections of the plumage that render the book unique and wonderful" (Fine Bird Books). Napoleon initiated a series of magnificent natural history publications that would vie with those undertaken to the order of Louis XIV, such as the present book together with Levaillant's superb ornithological monographs as well as the works by Redouté.The colour-printing is by Langlois, he did most of Levaillant's plates, and was one of the most celebrated colour-printers of France. The general title of the work is actually taken from the half-titles, each volume treating several genera and having its own title page. Volume I: 'Histoire naturelle et générale des colibris, oiseaux-mouches, jacamars et promerops; Volume II: 'Histoire naturelle et générale des grimpéraux et des oiseaux de paradis'.Provenance: With the heraldic bookplate of L.V. Ledebour, Rotterdam.Fine Bird Books p. 56; Nissen IVB, 16; Ronsil 103; Anker 14. Bookseller Inventory # 7387

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Ornithologie Brésilienne ou histoire des oiseaux du Brésil, remarquables par leur plumage, leur chant ou leurs habitudes.

DESCOURTILZ, Jean Theodore.

Published by Waterlow and Sons Rio de Janeiro but London (1854)

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Item Description: Waterlow and Sons Rio de Janeiro but London, 1854. First edition. Large folio (62.5 x 45.5 cm. approx.), 42pp., 4 parts [all published] in one volume Letterpress title-page with woodcut armorial of Dom Pedro II, Emperor of Brazil, the dedicatee, letterpress music in the text, text printed in double columns within a letterpress frames. 48 fine chromolithographic plates finished by hand after Descourtilz. Contemporary half green morocco marbled boards, original green glazed paper wrappers bound-in, traces of old foxing, a very attractive copy. "The rare first edition of a very important fundamental systematic treatise" (Wood). A fine example of this superb production, with the original paper wrappers. Brazil, incomparably rich in natural history resources, has one of the finest bird diversities in the world. Unlike other similarly blessed countries however, these species were not as thoroughly depicted as they might have been in the heyday of great bird books. This was probably at least in part due to the difficulties of exploring the Amazon. The finest record of Brazilian birds published during the nineteenth century was the Ornithologie Bresilienne of Jean Theodore Descourtilz, a French ornithologist, who shortly before his death was appointed to the National Museum in Rio de Janeiro. Despite producing the most splendid of all books devoted to Neotropical birds, Descourtilz managed to live out his life in an obscurity that has not been illumined since. The little we know is this: He was born sometime in 1798, a son of Michel Étienne Descourtilz (1775- 1835), a physician and botanist who did important scientific work in the Antilles. We know nothing of Théodore's childhood or schooling, but it probably involved some traveling with his father and it must have included art, because he drew over six hundred illustrations for his father's Flore pittoresque et medicale des Antilles, published between 1827 and 1833. We know he went to Brazil around 1826, because in 1831 he presented a manuscript on birds to the National Museum in Rio de Janeiro in which he refers to a hummingbird he had seen only twice in five years. His first published work on Brazilian birds, Oiseaux brillants du Brésil, a collection of sixty plates, without text, was published in Paris in 1834. For the next twenty years he spent time in various parts of southeastern Brazil, doing scientific collecting for the government and the National Museum, all the while developing this more comprehensive work on Brazilian birds, four parts of which were published between 1852 and 1856. He was unable to do more: On January 13, 1855, while on an expedition in Espíritu Santo, he died from consuming a chemical preparation he was experimenting with as a medicine for birds. Ornithologie bresilienne contains descriptions and figures of 164 species of Brazilian birds, including 15 new species and a new genus' (Zimmer). The plates were made up in London, and the work appears to have been printed by Waterlow and Sons and also Joseph Masters and Co. (copies cited by Zimmer and Wood bear Masters's name in the imprint). Possibly due to the artist's untimely demise and the period of time over which the lithographs were published, it would seem that very few copies of this work were produced. Faithfully capturing the vivid, vibrant colours of these exotic birds, the book is rare and greatly sought after (Borba de Moraes). Bookseller Inventory # 89702

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Oiseaux dores ou a reflets metalliques.

AUDEBERT, Jean Baptiste (1759-1800) and Louis Jean Pierre VIEILLOT (1748-1831).

Published by Paris: Imprimerie Crapelet for Desray, [?1800]-1802. (1802)

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Item Description: Paris: Imprimerie Crapelet for Desray, [?1800]-1802., 1802. 2 volumes. Folio (21 2/8 x 14 4/8 inches). Half-titles and sectional titles, list of subscribers. 190 fine etched plates printed in colour by Langlois, finished by hand, and HEIGHTENED IN GOLD, including one double-page and 26 bis of the "Grimperaux", all with CAPTIONS PRINTED IN GOLD (some intermittent spotting). Contemporary French half red morocco gilt, pink paper boards. First edition, limited issue, one of 200 folio sets with the plate captions printed in gold of a total edition of 313, which included 200 quarto sets, 12 folio sets with the plate captions and the text printed in gold, and one set printed in gold on vellum. The work was issued in 32 parts over 26 months and is divided into 10 sections. A BRIGHT AND ATTRACTIVE COPY WITH EXCEPTIONALLY COLOURING. Anker records that the magnificent plates, which are heightened with gold, that the 'colours of the birds and their handsome appearance have evidently been the cause of their selection for inclusion in the book. The plates with the bird portraits are in beautiful colours; in this respect they are among the best colour prints found in ornithology'. The plates were etched by Audebert from his own designs and those of 'les plus belles peintres de Paris et de Londres'; Louis Bouquet assisted with the colouring and Langlois with the printing in oil-colours, and the whole process used in the printing of the plates was invented by Audebert. All the colours were printed from a single plate, and oil paint was substituted for the more common gouache. Originally a miniature painter, Audubert became interested in natural history after meeting Gigot-d'Orex in 1789, a wealthy collector of specimens, who employed him to paint some of them. Tragically Audebert died at the young age of 41, and this is the last book he completed before his death. The text is largely by Vieillot who continued the work using Audebert's notes after the latter's death in 1800. Anker 14; Fine Bird Books p.73; Nissen IVB 47; Ronsil 103; Wood pp. 206-207; Zimmer pp. 17-18. For more information about this book, or a warm welcome to see it and other books in our library at 72nd Street, NYC, please contact Kate Hunter, M.A. Oxon, in the Rare Book Department. Bookseller Inventory # 72nhr35

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Histoire naturelle des oiseaux de l'Amérique septentrionale, contenant un grand nombre d'espèces decrites ou figurées pour la première fois

VIEILLOT, Louis Jean Pierre (1748-1831)

Published by chez Desray, Paris (1808)

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Item Description: chez Desray, Paris, 1808. 2 volumes, folio. Contemporary red morocco, covers with border of gilt fillets and a dog-tooth roll, spines in six compartments with double-raised bands, the bands highlighted with gilt tooling and the space between each pair of bands with a narrow onlay of black morocco, lettered in gilt on labels in the second and third compartments, gilt turn-ins, marbled endpapers Provenance: Samuel Jones-Loyd, 1st Baron Overstone (1796-1883, armorial bookplate); Robert James Lindsay (1832-1901, Baron Wantage of Lockinge, VC, KCB, FRS, circular armorial booklabel) A fine uncut wide-margined copy of the first edition of this classic of American ornithology. The work contains descriptions of many North American birds, some of which predate those of Alexander Wilson. Vieillot, along with Wilson, was a pioneer in a new kind of ornithology in which birds were no longer assessed as specimens and skins but studied as living organisms within their environment. "Louis Jean Pierre Vieillot was one of the more discerning ornithologists who gave particular study to female, immature and seasonal plumages" (Allen). The plates bear all the hallmarks of the great French natural history books of the first two decades of the 19th century. The plates are individual works of art, whilst also being scientifically-accurate pictorial documents of the highest order, and they are, invariably, carefully observed and beautifully printed. Allen 549-552; Anker 515; Fine Bird Books (1990) p.112; Nissen IVB 957; Ronsil 3030; Yale/Ripley p.300; Zimmer p.654. (21 5/8 x 13 1/2 inches). Uncut. 131 etched plates after J.-G. Pretre by L. Bouquet, printed in colors by Langlois and finished by hand, extra-illustrated with a double-page engraved map of L'Amerique Septentrionale (as usual, plate number 42 from an Atlas Universel). Bookseller Inventory # 20257

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Item Description: Paris Impremerie Royale 1749-89, 1749. First Edition. With 1945 full page engravings mainly depicting animals, 2 maps and 2 charts. Compricing all the volumes published during Buffons lifetime. First edition of the major 18th century french of natural history. Bound in 32 volumes in uniform contemporary full calf. A fine set with only minor signs of wear, and foxing. Bookseller Inventory # 8120401

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Les Oiseaux de la Chine .

ARNOUL, M. - OUSTALET, Jean Frederick Emile (1844-1905), and Armand DAVID.

Published by Paris: G. Mason, 1877. (1877)

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Item Description: Paris: G. Mason, 1877., 1877. PORTFOLIO OF ORIGINAL PENCIL DRAWINGS 3 volumes: 2 published volumes, 8vo (10 2/8 x 6 1/8 inches) 124 hand-colored lithograph plates of birds. Original brown bevelled pictorial cloth, gilt. Portfolio of 88 FINE ORIGINAL PENCIL DRAWINGS of birds, each on a separate leaf (7 4/8 x 5 inches), and annotated with their Latin names, by M. Arnoul, loose in modern red cloth chemise and slipcase. Provenance: Bookplate of the Markree library on the front paste-down of volume one dated 1913; bookplates of H. Bradley Martin on the front paste-down of each volume. "Probably the most important systematic monograph yet written on the birds of China". (Wood). First edition, with a portfolio of fine detailed original drawings of birds in "natural" settings for plates 1,2,4,6,17,10-20, 22-34, 36-39, 41-45, 47, 50, 52, 54-61, 64-78, 81-89, 91-94, 96, 97, 99, 111, 112, 116-119, 121, 122. The published monograph covered 807 different species of bird found in China, all that were then known of in 1877. Sadly nothing is known of the artist, who not only drew these exquisite images but was also responsible for the published lithographs. Ronsil suggests the plates do not present the birds if a natural position, the drawings convey a remarkable life-like quality. "Arnoul dessina et lithographia en 124 planches beaucoup d'especes figurees pour la premiere fois. Tous ces Oiseaux sont fort bien peints, mais leur attituden n'est pas tourjours tres naturelle" (Ronsil). From the distinguished library of H. Bradley Martin. Ayer/Zimmer 159; Copenhagen/ANker 113; "Fine bird Books" 69; McGill/Wood 113; Nissen, IVB 221; Ronsil 731; Ronsil, L'Art 77. For more information about this book, or a warm welcome to see it and other books in our library at 72nd Street, NYC, please contact Kate Hunter, M.A. Oxon, in the Rare Book Department. Bookseller Inventory # 002024

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Histoire Naturelle des Oiseaux d'Afrique.

LEVAILLANT, Francois (1753-1824).

Published by Paris: J.J.Fuchs [volumes I-III], Delachaussee [volumes 4-6], 1799-1808. (1808)

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Item Description: Paris: J.J.Fuchs [volumes I-III], Delachaussee [volumes 4-6], 1799-1808., 1808. 6 volumes. 4to., (12 6/8 x 9 6/8 inches). Half-titles (some minor foxing, volume V with light water-stain to inner lower corner throughout). 300 fine engraved plates, printed in colour and finished by hand, including 4 double-page (a few with imprints/captions trimmed, one slightly creased, a few short tears). Fine 20th-century red half crushed morocco, gilt by Sangorski and Sutcliffe, top edges gilt. Bound from the original 51 parts which were published from 1796 until Levaillant's death in 1824 with the manuscript and accompanying 52 original drawings by Reinold for the seventh volume and 115 further original drawings for subsequent volumes unpublished. "It gives a comprehensive account of the birds of South Africa , based on Levaillant's personal experiences and the collections he made during his journeys in that region. The style of the text is lively, and it gives descriptions not only of the names of the birds, but also of their habits and habitats" (Anker). "Levaillant was until exceeded by Gould (and until now only by him) the producer of the most comprehensive series of works on exotic birds." (Fine bird books p. 118). The son of the French consul in Dutch Guiana , Levaillant was born in Paramarimbo and seems to have inherited his father's love of travel. He became one of the first of a new breed of naturalists who attained prominence towards the end of the 18th century, studying and recording their subjects in their natural habitat. Anker 297. For more information about this book, or a warm welcome to see it and other books in our library at 72nd Street, NYC, please contact Kate Hunter, M.A. Oxon, in the Rare Book Department. Bookseller Inventory # 72nhr19

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L'Ordre des Oiseaux.

Georges BRAQUE & SAINT-JOHN PERSE

Published by Au Vent d'Arles (1962)

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Item Description: Au Vent d'Arles, 1962. Couverture rigide. Book Condition: Très bon. Edition originale. BRAQUE (Georges) Argenteuil 1882 † Paris 1963 L’ordre des Oiseaux. Paris, Au Vent d’Arles, 1962. In-folio oblong. H435xL545mm. Complet de ses douze gravures originales en couleurs, dont 9 planches hors-texte, par Georges Braque. Epreuves sur papier vélin filigrané « Au Vent d’Arles ». Référence : Vallier Les estampes de Georges Braque, n°182. « Oiseaux » de Saint-John Perse, composé à la main en Garamond corps 24 a été tiré sur les Presses de l’Imprimerie Union à Paris et les gravures de Georges Braque ont été tirées sur les Presses à bras de l’Atelier Crommelynck. Reliure réalisée par Jean Duval en maroquin noir à cadre, plats recouverts d’une satine marron, sur le premier, un oiseau stylisé de Braque en canson gris ; et dos lisse avec titre en long. Très bel exemplaire numéroté 93 (sur 130). Bon état de conservation. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-13415073768

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Histoire naturelle des oiseaux-mouches ou colibris constituant la famille des Trochilides.

Mulsant, Martial Étienne, & Edouard Verreaux

Published by au Bureau de la Société Linnéenne 1873-77, Lyon (1873)

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Item Description: au Bureau de la Société Linnéenne 1873-77, Lyon, 1873. First edition, 4 volumes, plus supplement; large 4to, pp. [6], v, [1], 343; [6], 327; [6],iii, [1], 303; [6], 303; all with original printed wrappers bound in, the front wrapper of each with a hand-colored pictorial onlay; plus 5 fascicles, each in a printed wrapper, the first containing 19 pages of descriptive text, and the balance with 35, 33, 23, and 29 hand- colored lithographs respectively after Antoine Germain Bevalet and Mesplis, for a total of 120; slightly later three-quarter red morocco over red marbled paper-covered boards, top edges of the text volumes gilt, spine in 5 compartments, gilt-lettered in 3; facsicles in a matching slipcase; spines a little faded, else a near fine set with beautiful coloring.Sitwell, Fine Bird Books, p. 126 (calling for 120 plates, as here); Nissen 659. Bookseller Inventory # 43275

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Original Watercolor of a Hummingbird for Les Oiseaux Les Plus Remarquable

Edouard Traviès (1809-1865)

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Item Description: France, 1848. No Binding. Book Condition: Very Good. Edouard Traviès (1809-1865) Original watercolor with black chalk for Les Oiseaux Les Plus Remarquables France, 1848 Signed and dated lower left 11” x 9”; 21” x 17” framed The work of Edouard Traviès represents a pinnacle in French ornithological illustration, and his original work is exceedingly rare. Natural history, as a descriptive pursuit bent on identifying new species, demanded detailed illustrations. The minute precision of Traviès’ work places him with the best of France’s scientific artists. Traviès was born in Doullens, in the Somme district of France, in March 1809, the younger brother of the caricaturist Charles Joseph Traviès de Villier (1804-1859). Throughout his career he concentrated on natural history subjects, both in watercolor (he exhibited regularly at the Paris Salon between 1831 and 1866) and lithography. Unlike a number of his contemporaries, he was an artist both with the brush and on stone. These exquisite watercolors were created for what is undoubtedly his greatest published work: Les Oiseaux Les Plus Remarquables par leurs formes et leurs coleurs. Scenes variees de leurs moeurs & de leur habitudes. published simultaneously in Paris and London circa 1857. The illustrations describe the species of birds native to Central and South America, and all show the birds in association with flowering plants indigenous to their habitats, such as orchids and passion flowers. Traviès’ original watercolors were reproduced as both engravings and lithographs, which are considered among the best portraits of birds ever painted. The artist rendered the backgrounds fully, incorporating foliage, flowers, butterflies, and architectural features, as well as incidental details such as dogs, figures hunting, as well as the birds themselves, all with considerable charm. No printed version, however, approaches the profound quality and assurance with which the artist rendered these watercolors. Signed by Illustrator(s). Bookseller Inventory # B00112c

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Item Description: France, 1848. No Binding. Book Condition: Very Good. Edouard Traviès (1809-1865) Original watercolor with black chalk for Les Oiseaux Les Plus Remarquables France, 1848 Signed and dated lower left 11” x 9”; 21” x 17” framed The work of Edouard Traviès represents a pinnacle in French ornithological illustration, and his original work is exceedingly rare. Natural history, as a descriptive pursuit bent on identifying new species, demanded detailed illustrations. The minute precision of Traviès’ work places him with the best of France’s scientific artists. Traviès was born in Doullens, in the Somme district of France, in March 1809, the younger brother of the caricaturist Charles Joseph Traviès de Villier (1804-1859). Throughout his career he concentrated on natural history subjects, both in watercolor (he exhibited regularly at the Paris Salon between 1831 and 1866) and lithography. Unlike a number of his contemporaries, he was an artist both with the brush and on stone. These exquisite watercolors were created for what is undoubtedly his greatest published work: Les Oiseaux Les Plus Remarquables par leurs formes et leurs coleurs. Scenes variees de leurs moeurs & de leur habitudes. published simultaneously in Paris and London circa 1857. The illustrations describe the species of birds native to Central and South America, and all show the birds in association with flowering plants indigenous to their habitats, such as orchids and passion flowers. Traviès’ original watercolors were reproduced as both engravings and lithographs, which are considered among the best portraits of birds ever painted. The artist rendered the backgrounds fully, incorporating foliage, flowers, butterflies, and architectural features, as well as incidental details such as dogs, figures hunting, as well as the birds themselves, all with considerable charm. No printed version, however, approaches the profound quality and assurance with which the artist rendered these watercolors. Signed by Illustrator(s). Bookseller Inventory # B00113c

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Item Description: France, 1848. No Binding. Book Condition: Very Good. Edouard Traviès (1809-1865) Original watercolor with black chalk for Les Oiseaux Les Plus Remarquables France, 1848 Signed and dated lower left 11” x 9”; 21” x 17” framed The work of Edouard Traviès represents a pinnacle in French ornithological illustration, and his original work is exceedingly rare. Natural history, as a descriptive pursuit bent on identifying new species, demanded detailed illustrations. The minute precision of Traviès’ work places him with the best of France’s scientific artists. Traviès was born in Doullens, in the Somme district of France, in March 1809, the younger brother of the caricaturist Charles Joseph Traviès de Villier (1804-1859). Throughout his career he concentrated on natural history subjects, both in watercolor (he exhibited regularly at the Paris Salon between 1831 and 1866) and lithography. Unlike a number of his contemporaries, he was an artist both with the brush and on stone. These exquisite watercolors were created for what is undoubtedly his greatest published work: Les Oiseaux Les Plus Remarquables par leurs formes et leurs coleurs. Scenes variees de leurs moeurs & de leur habitudes. published simultaneously in Paris and London circa 1857. The illustrations describe the species of birds native to Central and South America, and all show the birds in association with flowering plants indigenous to their habitats, such as orchids and passion flowers. Traviès’ original watercolors were reproduced as both engravings and lithographs, which are considered among the best portraits of birds ever painted. The artist rendered the backgrounds fully, incorporating foliage, flowers, butterflies, and architectural features, as well as incidental details such as dogs, figures hunting, as well as the birds themselves, all with considerable charm. No printed version, however, approaches the profound quality and assurance with which the artist rendered these watercolors. Signed by Illustrator(s). Bookseller Inventory # B00114c

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Item Description: France, 1848. No Binding. Book Condition: Very Good. Edouard Traviès (1809-1865) Original watercolor with black chalk for Les Oiseaux Les Plus Remarquables France, 1848 Signed and dated lower left 11” x 9”; 16 1/2” x 12” framed The work of Edouard Traviès represents a pinnacle in French ornithological illustration, and his original work is exceedingly rare. Natural history, as a descriptive pursuit bent on identifying new species, demanded detailed illustrations. The minute precision of Traviès’ work places him with the best of France’s scientific artists. Traviès was born in Doullens, in the Somme district of France, in March 1809, the younger brother of the caricaturist Charles Joseph Traviès de Villier (1804-1859). Throughout his career he concentrated on natural history subjects, both in watercolor (he exhibited regularly at the Paris Salon between 1831 and 1866) and lithography. Unlike a number of his contemporaries, he was an artist both with the brush and on stone. These exquisite watercolors were created for what is undoubtedly his greatest published work: Les Oiseaux Les Plus Remarquables par leurs formes et leurs coleurs. Scenes variees de leurs moeurs & de leur habitudes. published simultaneously in Paris and London circa 1857. The illustrations describe the species of birds native to Central and South America, and all show the birds in association with flowering plants indigenous to their habitats, such as orchids and passion flowers. Traviès’ original watercolors were reproduced as both engravings and lithographs, which are considered among the best portraits of birds ever painted. The artist rendered the backgrounds fully, incorporating foliage, flowers, butterflies, and architectural features, as well as incidental details such as dogs, figures hunting, as well as the birds themselves, all with considerable charm. No printed version, however, approaches the profound quality and assurance with which the artist rendered these watercolors. Signed by Illustrator(s). Bookseller Inventory # D00502c

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Item Description: France, 1848. No Binding. Book Condition: Very Good. Edouard Traviès (1809-1865) Original watercolor with black chalk for Les Oiseaux Les Plus Remarquables France, 1848 Signed and dated lower left 11” x 9”; 16 1/2” x 12” framed The work of Edouard Traviès represents a pinnacle in French ornithological illustration, and his original work is exceedingly rare. Natural history, as a descriptive pursuit bent on identifying new species, demanded detailed illustrations. The minute precision of Traviès’ work places him with the best of France’s scientific artists. Traviès was born in Doullens, in the Somme district of France, in March 1809, the younger brother of the caricaturist Charles Joseph Traviès de Villier (1804-1859). Throughout his career he concentrated on natural history subjects, both in watercolor (he exhibited regularly at the Paris Salon between 1831 and 1866) and lithography. Unlike a number of his contemporaries, he was an artist both with the brush and on stone. These exquisite watercolors were created for what is undoubtedly his greatest published work: Les Oiseaux Les Plus Remarquables par leurs formes et leurs coleurs. Scenes variees de leurs moeurs & de leur habitudes. published simultaneously in Paris and London circa 1857. The illustrations describe the species of birds native to Central and South America, and all show the birds in association with flowering plants indigenous to their habitats, such as orchids and passion flowers. Traviès’ original watercolors were reproduced as both engravings and lithographs, which are considered among the best portraits of birds ever painted. The artist rendered the backgrounds fully, incorporating foliage, flowers, butterflies, and architectural features, as well as incidental details such as dogs, figures hunting, as well as the birds themselves, all with considerable charm. No printed version, however, approaches the profound quality and assurance with which the artist rendered these watercolors. Signed by Illustrator(s). Bookseller Inventory # D00503c

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L'Ordre des Oiseaux

BRAQUE, GEORGES] PERSE, SAINT-JOHN.

Published by Paris: Au Vent d'Arles, 1962 (1962)

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Item Description: Paris: Au Vent d'Arles, 1962, 1962. First Edition. Folio; with 12 color aquatints by Braque; publisher's morocco spine and edges, with silk front and back covers; the front cover features an onlaid paper bird after Braque's design (one of his iconic images); trivial rubbing; in the publisher's matching slipcase, which is a little faded and cracked. Of 152 copies signed by Perse and Braque, this is one of 100 numbered copies. Bookseller Inventory # 27711

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Oiseaux dores ou a reflets metalliques.

AUDEBERT, Jean Baptiste (1759-1800) and Louis Jean Pierre VIEILLOT (1748-1831).

Published by Paris: Imprimerie Crapelet for Desray, [?1800]-1802. (1802)

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Item Description: Paris: Imprimerie Crapelet for Desray, [?1800]-1802., 1802. 2 volumes. 4to., (13 4/8 x 10 inches). Half-titles and sectional titles, list of subscribers. 189 fine etched plates printed in colour by Langlois, finished by hand, and HEIGHTENED IN GOLD, including 6 large folding plates (some heavy spotting and staining). 19th-century half brown morocco, marbled paper boards, gilt, top edges gilt, others uncut (worn with minor loss at the extremities). First edition, limited issue, one of 100 quarto sets printed on papier velin with the captions printed in black, of a total edition of 313, which included 200 folio sets with the plate captions printed in gold, 12 folio sets with the plate captions and the text printed in gold, one set printed in gold on vellum. The work was issued in 32 parts over 26 months and is divided into 10 sections Anker records that the magnificent plates, which are heightened with gold, that the 'colours of the birds and their handsome appearance have evidently been the cause of their selection for inclusion in the book. The plates with the bird portraits are in beautiful colours; in this respect they are among the best colour prints found in ornithology'. The plates were etched by Audebert from his own designs and those of 'les plus belles peintres de Paris et de Londres'; Louis Bouquet assisted with the colouring and Langlois with the printing in oil-colours, and the whole process used in the printing of the plates was invented by Audebert. All the colours were printed from a single plate, and oil paint was substituted for the more common gouache. Originally a miniature painter, Audubert became interested in natural history after meeting Gigot-d'Orex in 1789, a wealthy collector of specimens, who employed him to paint some of them. Tragically Audebert died at the young age of 41, and this is the last book he completed before his death. The text is largely by Vieillot who continued the work using Audebert's notes after the latter's death in 1800. Anker 14; Fine Bird Books p.73; Nissen IVB 47; Ronsil 103; Wood pp. 206-207; Zimmer pp. 17-18. For more information about this book, or a warm welcome to see it and other books in our library at 72nd Street, NYC, please contact Kate Hunter, M.A. Oxon, in the Rare Book Department. Bookseller Inventory # 72nhr34

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Histoire Naturelle des Oiseaux Exotiques

LEMAIRE, C.L. - PAUQUET, Hippolyte Louis Em. (born 1797) - PAUQUET, Polydore (ca 1800 - 1860).

Published by Paris: Paquet and Debure, 1836. (1836)

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Item Description: Paris: Paquet and Debure, 1836., 1836. 8vo., (8 4/8 x 5 2/8 inches). Half-title, letterpress title-page. Hand-colored engraved vignette title-page and 80 fine hand-colored engraved plates after Pauquet (a few pale marginal stains). Contemporary French red morocco gilt, all edges gilt (extremities scuffed). First edition. This work combines with the "Histoire Naturelle des Oiseaux d'Europe" to form the "Bibliothque Zoologique". The freres Pauquet, were reknowned 19th-century illustrators of a number of very popular works including "Modes et Costumes Historiques Dessinés et Gravés par Pauquet Frères d'apres les Meilleurs Maitres de Chaque Epoque" (ca 1865) and H. Lucas's "Histoire Naturelle des Lépidoptères Exotiques" (1845). Each finely coloured and exquisite plate captures the essence of 169 different birds, from the subtle colors of small brown sparrows to the startling iridescent greens and blues of the common magpie, and the bright reds and yellows of various species of finch. Nissen IVB 540; Ripley, p.167; Ronsit 1735; Wood, p.431; Zimmer, p.383. For more information about this book, or a warm welcome to see it and other books in our library at 72nd Street, NYC, please contact Kate Hunter, M.A. Oxon, in the Rare Book Department. Bookseller Inventory # 000154

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Item Description: Enguilbert de Marnef & Bouchets frères, Poitiers, 1567. In-4. In-4. [216 x 145 mm] Collation : (8), 160, (4), 96, (2), 37, (1), 64 pp. Veau glacé, dos à nerfs orné, étiquette de titre rouge, tranches mouchetées. (Reliure du début du XVIIIe.). Second edition. Only two copies are known of the first one. This is the first printed book on falconry. Illustrated by 28 woodcuts. From the library of Pierre Mouchon, collector and bibliographer. Mortimer, Harvard 237. OCLC : Yale. Seconde édition. C'est la première où l'on trouve réunis les traités de Tardif, Artelouche et de Guillaume Bouchet. On ne connaît que deux exemplaires de la première édition, imprimée vers 1531. Ecrit vers 1443, l'ouvrage de Franchières est le premier traité de fauconnerie écrit en français. Illustré par 28 gravures sur bois d'oiseaux de proie. Petite fente sur la charnière supérieure sur 4 cm, la coiffe a été anciennement restaurée. Ex-libris armorié de Pierre Mouchon avec la devise "Cave muscam Pungit ". Bibliographe et grand collectionneur de livres sur la chasse, Pierre Mouchon est l'auteur d'un "Supplément" à la bibliographie de Thiébaud. Thiébaud 428. Mortimer, Harvard 237. Bookseller Inventory # 10738

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Histoire Naturelle des Colibris, suivie d'un supplement l'histoire naturelle des oiseaux-mouches - Les Trochilidees ou les Colibris et les Oiseaux-Mouches - Histoire Naturelle des Oiseaux-Mouches

LESSON, Rene Primevere (1794-1849).

Published by Paris: Arthus Bertrand, [1829-1833]. (1833)

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Item Description: Paris: Arthus Bertrand, [1829-1833]., 1833. 3 works in 3 volumes. 8vo., (9 2/8 x 5 4/8 inches). 218 fine colour-printed, hand-finished engraved plates by Coutant and Teillard after A. G. Bevalet and J.-G. Pretre (with some light spotting, mainly to the preliminaries and text leaves). Later FINE ENGLISH BINDING of full green morocco gilt, all edges gilt (spines a little sunned). Provenance: with the engraved armorial bookplate of Richard Griffin, 3rd Baron Braybrooke, from his library at Audley End; with the pencilled inscriptions on each first blank of each volume of Evrard Bourlon de Rouvre, his sale Paris, 22 May 1980, lot 109. First editions, and an ATTRACTIVE SET. The most extensive work on Hummingbirds until Gould's celebrated monograph of 1849-1861. Lesson served as a naturalist on board La Coquille during Duperrey's major French voyage of discovery of 1822-1825, and he was the first to describe a Bird of Paradise in flight when the voyage visited New Guinea in 1824. The voyage concentrated on the exploration of the Pacific and "called at Brazil, the Falkland islands, Concepcion, Callao, and Payta. The Pacific islands visited were the Tuamotu Archipelago, Tahiti and the Society Islands, Tonga , Rotuma, the Gilbert and Caroline Islands, and the Bismarck Archipelago. Australia was visited twice, and explorations made of New Zealand and of the Maoris were of particular significance. Vast quantities of ethnographic and scientific data were collected. Before returning to Marseilles , Java, Mauritius, and Ascension were visited" (Hill 517). From the distinguished library at Audley End of Richard Griffin, 3rd Baron Braybrooke, a career politician, and bowdlerizing editor of the "Memoirs of Samuel Pepys" in 1825, and subsequent successful editions. Nissen 547-549. - Anker 291, 293-294. - Anker 388ff. Bookseller Inventory # 72nhr93

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Item Description: Paris, Dufart, An VIII (1798) - XIII (1805). In 127 volumes. 8vo. Text and 1,122 (or 1,123) engraved plates, the sections on reptiles and molluscs finely hand-coloured, two portraits, eight maps, 21 folded tables and chart. Uniform full tree calf rich gilt spines, Gilt titles on two red morocco labels, marbled flyleaves, all sides marbled.* A remarkable complete set of one of the best illustrated and most scientifically important editions (because of the many new discoveries, including the descriptions of new species) of the famous "Comte de Buffon" natural history series in fine condition. It is especially important because of the herpetological section, by Daudin, and the Mollusca by Denys de Montfort. These two parts are in the rare hand-coloured version. The Daudin has 100 coloured or tinted engraved plates and the Denys de Montfort has 72 coloured or tinted engraved plates. But the birds (Oiseaux) and fish (Poissons) by Sonnini himself, the insects (Crustacés et Insectes) by Latreille, and the plants (Plantes) by Brisseau-Mirbel are also important contributions to this enormous project. The set is divided as follows. 1-3. Terre 1-3, 5 plates (plus one portrait); 4. Epoques 1, 3 plates; 5-7. Histoire des minéraux 1-3, 16 plates; 8-16. Mineraux 1-12, 3 plates; 17. Animaux 1, 7 plates; 18-21. Homme 1-4, 13 plates; 22-34 Quadrupèdes 1-13, 231 plates (however, in volume 32 there two "plates" on one leaf. If both are counted separately, then the total number will be 1,123]; 35-36, Singes 1-2, 79 plates; 37-64. Oiseaux 1-28, 257 plates (I-CCLVI, XLIIIbis); 65-77. Poissons 1-13, 80 plates (LXXVII, I-IIIbis, plus one portrait); 78. Cetacés "14", 5 plates; 79-86. Reptiles 1-8, 100 plates; 87-92. Mollusques 1-6, 72 plates; 93-106. Insectes 1-14, 113 plates (I-CXIII, XCVIIbis); 107-124. Plantes 1-18, 151 plates (XVI used twice); 125-127. Tables. With a total of 1,122 plates, two portraits, eight maps, 21 folded tables and charts, and numerous tables in the text. The entire set is complete in a contemporary uniform binding, but one volume in the bird section (Histoire Naturelle des Oiseaux) was bound recently in a very good match to the original, with a few labels renewed to match the original. Apart from some small defects and bumps to the bindings, a few volumes with some marginal worm traces (not effecting text) the set looks quite spectacular as a whole and is in a very good condition. None of the bibliographies dares to name the number of plates, except Nissen who lists 1,100 plates and six maps. This however is obviously incorrect and looking back in our records the number of plates varies from 1118 to 1143 plates, but it is not always clear in regard to the separately mentioned maps, portraits and/or folding tabels. If we count the portraits and large, folded maps/charts too, our total is 1,153. Some scuffing and rubbing to spines and boards, some volumes with small bumps and chips, three volumes (Mineraux section) with a few tiny wormholes to spine. Some heads and tails a little damaged. Some scattered light stains or soiling, but never in the image area of the plates. Overall a wonderful set in a very good condition in a very attractive binding and in a super complete state. Anker, 80; BM(NH) Cat. P. 281; Brunet, 1377; Casey & Wood, p. 268; Nissen, ZBI, 682. Bookseller Inventory # 52243

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Item Description: Paris, de l'Imprimerie Royale, 1749 ? 1783. 28 volumes 25 x 20 cms. Pleine reliure du temps. Dos ? 5 nerfs, caissons ornÈs, piËces de titre et de tomaison. Tranches rouges. Deux dÈcors de reliure diffÈrents : le premier du tome I au tome XVII, le second des tomes XVIII ? XXVIII. Les piËces de titre des tomes XVI et XVII portent "Oiseaux Tome I, Tome II". Les piËces de titre des 4 volumes de SupplÈment portent la mention "Tome I" ? "Tome IV" sans que le mot "SupplÈment" n'apparaisse. Complet de ses gravures. Reliures un peu passÈes. TrËs bon Ètat intÈrieur. DOCUMENTATION DETAILLEE SUR DEMANDE / DETAILED DESCRIPTION ON REQUEST. Bookseller Inventory # 05444

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Traite Elementaire et complet d'Ornithologie, ou Histoire Naturelle des Oiseaux.

DAUDIN, François Marie (1774-1804) - BARRABAND, Jacques (1767-1809).

Published by Paris: Bertrandet, 1800. (1800)

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Item Description: Paris: Bertrandet, 1800., 1800. 2 volumes. 4to., (10 x 7 7/8 inches). Half titles. 29 fine engraved hand-coloured plates after Barraband (some occasional very minor creasing). Contemporary French tree calf, gilt, the smooth spines gilt ruled in six panels, red and green morocco lettering-pieces in two, the others decorated with fine gilt tools, all edges gilt, orange endpapers. Provenance: with the penciled ownership inscription of Joseph Nicolas dated 1814 on the front free endpaper of volume one. First edition, and AN EXCEPTIONALLY ATTRACTIVE COPY. Intended to be a more thorough examination in many volumes, Daudin's work is nevertheless a guide on how to study the habits of birds for the amateur naturalist traveller. The first volume is a general ornithology with reference to anatomy, physiology, reproduction, song and biology, the Linnaean nomenclature and classification, with a chapter on taxidermy, all accompanied by engraved plates of bird skeletons. In the second volume contains portraits of individual birds after drawings by Barraband, the celebrated French ornithological artist whose magnum opus was his collaboration with Francois Levaillant (1753-1824), "Histoire naturelle des perroquets" (1801). Daudin is best known for his more extensive work on amphibians in "Histoire naturelle des reinettes, des grenouilles et des crapauds", and "Histoire naturelle, générale et particulière des reptiles", published in 1802 and 1803. Anker 112; Ronsil 727. For more information about this book, or a warm welcome to see it and other books in our library at 72nd Street, NYC, please contact Kate Hunter, M.A. Oxon, in the Rare Book Department. Bookseller Inventory # 002507

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Histoire Naturelle des Oiseaux-Mouches, Paris

LESSON, René-Primevere

Published by (1829-30) (1829)

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Item Description: (1829-30), 1829. p. xlvi, 220, with 86 engraved plates, colour-printed and finished by hand, and a second uncoloured suite of 86 plates uncoloured and printed before letters; together with Histoire Naturelle des Colibris, suivie d'un supplément à L'Histoire Naturelle p. xlvi, 220, with 86 engraved plates, colour-printed and finished by hand, and a second uncoloured suite of 86 plates uncoloured and printed before letters; together with Histoire Naturelle des Colibris, suivie d'un supplément à L'Histoire Naturelle. Bookseller Inventory # 53

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Collection Pittoresque des plus Jolis Oiseaux des quatre parties du Monde. Dessine d'apres Nature

TRAVIES, Edouard (1809-1865).

Published by Paris: Maison Aumont F[ran]cois Delarue S[uccesso]r., [after 1857]. (1857)

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Item Description: Paris: Maison Aumont F[ran]cois Delarue S[uccesso]r., [after 1857]., 1857. Folio (13 2/8 x 10 inches). 40 numbered lithographed plates with original hand-colour by Godard after Lemercier after Travies (some margins a bit thumbed). Contemporary calf backed marbled paper boards, original blue printed paper front wrapper bound in as title-page (scuffed, wrapper with one or two marks and a short tear near the lower edge). Reprinting 40 plates from the iconic work of Edouard Traviès "Les Oiseaux Les Plus Remarquables par leurs formes et leurs coleurs. Scenes variees de leurs moeurs & de leur habitudes", published simultaneously in Paris and London circa 1857. Travies' artistry represents a pinnacle in French ornithological illustration. Natural history, as a descriptive pursuit bent on identifying new species, demanded detailed illustrations. The minute precision of Traviès' work places him with the best of France's scientific artists. Traviès was born in Doullens, in the Somme district of France, in March 1809, the younger brother of the caricaturist Charles Joseph Traviès de Villier (1804-1859). Throughout his career he concentrated on natural history subjects, both in watercolor (he exhibited regularly at the Paris Salon between 1831 and 1866) and lithography. Unlike a number of his contemporaries, he was an artist both with the brush and on stone. The majority of the illustrations show species of birds native to Europe, but 15 plates are birds native to America, 5 to Africa, and 7 to Australia, Asia and the Pacific region. All show the birds in association with flowering plants indigenous to their habitats, such as orchids, passion flowers and varieties of eucalyptus. Traviès' original watercolors were reproduced as both engravings and lithographs, which are considered among the best portraits of birds ever painted. The artist rendered the backgrounds fully, incorporating foliage, flowers, butterflies, as well as the birds themselves, all with considerable charm. [Nissen IVB 944]. Catalogued by Kate Hunter. Bookseller Inventory # 72nhr106

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Item Description: Chez L.C. Desnos, Paris, 1774. Bound to style in 18th-century diced russia gilt, covers with triple fillet border with floral spray cornerpiece, spine in seven compartments with raised bands, red morocco lettering-piece in the second, the others with repeat decoration in gilt made up from various small tools A fine copy of Desnos' edition of Jonston's work, bound with two selections of engravings by Robert: one of the greatest of all 17th century natural history artists. The main part of the present work is a French edition of Jonston's work on birds. To this is added a reissue of most of the plates from two of Robert's works on the birds of the royal menagerie at Versailles: Receuil . and Suite des Oyseaux les plus rare , both originally published in Paris in 1676. Jonston, the grandson of John Johnstone of Craigieburn, Nithsdale, Scotland, was born and raised in Poland. After studying botany and medicine at Cambridge, he travelled extensively before settling in Leiden, where he practiced medicine. Jonston is now seen chiefly as a "learned compilor" (Johnston) and published a very popular natural history ( Historiae Naturalis ), in 77 parts between 1650 and 1662. His sources were wide ranging, but probably the main influence was Aldrovandi (1522-1605). The first 62 plates in the present work are a reprint of the complete suite of plates from the De Avibus section of Aldrovandi's great work. The remaining 23 plates are by Nicolas Robert. Robert is one of the two greatest French natural history artists of the 17th century. He made his name illustrating the Guirlande de Julie : a jewel of a manuscript, an album of flowers given as a gift from the baron de Saint-Maure to his fiancée. Robert subsequently worked most memorably on the vélins du Roi botanical drawings and the engravings for the Académie Royale des Sciences work Mémoires pour servir à l'Histoire des Plantes . Whilst working on these commissions for others he also produced his own plates, the present excellent engravings are fine examples of his work. Anker 238; Fine Bird Books (1990) p.111; Nissen IVB 484; cf. Ronsil 1503; cf. Ronsil 2599 (1st edition of Robert plates); Wood p.410. (19 9/16 x 13 inches). 2 parts in one volume, folio. Engraved additional title and 85 engraved plates (the 23 in the second part by Nicolas Robert). Bookseller Inventory # 17345

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