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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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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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Histoire Naturelle des Oiseaux de Paradis et: LEVAILLANT, F.
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Item Description: Paris, Denné le jeune/ Perlet, (1801-) 1806. 2 volumes. Large-folio (515 x 335mm). With 114 colour-printed engraved plates, with extensive gouache hand-finishing, some heightened in gold, extra illustrated with 2 original watercolours. Contemporary tree calf, richly gilt ornamented spines with bird ornaments, red and black gilt lettered labels, sides with gilt borders (bound by the Dutch bookbinder J. Froding). An exceptional Deluxe Copy of one of the most spectacular works on exotic birds, a presentation copy to Jacob Temminck.The plates of the 'Oiseaux de Paradis.' are usually printed in colour and lightly finished by hand. Copies, as the present one, with gouache colouring and illumination on a bistre base and sometimes heightened with gold, and adding extensive foliage and branches to each plate were prepared for special presentation. These copies were extra illustrated with original watercolours and the plates are more brilliant and lively. Our copy has two original watercolours 'Tete de l'Oiseaux de Paradis grand Emeraude grandeur naturelle' and 'L'Oiseau de Paradis l'Incomparable grandeur naturelle'. Some faint occasional marginal dampstaining.Along with his equally famous work on parrots, the 'Oiseaux de Paradis' is the pinnacle of Levaillant's achievement in book production and the finest example of Jacques Barraband's brilliance as a bird artist. Ronsil considered this work to be unequalled among French bird books. The illustrations include 24 plates of birds of paradise; 15 of rollers; 17 of jays; 18 of toucans; 24 of barbets; 5 of tamatias; 3 of barbacous; and 8 of jacamars.The plates were engraved by Pérée, Grémillier and Bouquet, after drawings by Jacques Barraband, and were printed by Langlois and Rousset. Jacques Barraband's work for Levaillant undoubtedly marks the high point of his career and makes it clear why he was considered the best ornithological artist of his generation. He was a pupil of Joseph Maline and subsequently worked as a draughtsman at the Gobelins tapestry factory. His painted porcelain was exhibited at the Paris Salons from 1798 to 1806; he also decorated the dining-room in Napoleon's chateau at St Cloud. Barraband's relatively early death at the age of 41 and the following works of Audubon and Gould have perhaps prevented him from being placed alongside his contemporary Redouté as one of the greatest natural history artists of all time. He produced over 300 beautiful watercolours for Levaillant's books.François Levaillant (1753-1824) was born in Paramaribo, the capital of Dutch Guiana, and was the son of the French Consul there. When his father returned to Europe, in 1763, he studied natural history at Metz. He was sent by the Dutch East India Company to the Cape Province of South Africa in 1781, and collected specimens there until 1784. He sent over 2,000 bird skins to Jacob Temminck, who had financed the expedition, and these were later studied by his son Conrad Jacob Temminck and are included in the collection of the museum at Leiden."Levaillant first met Jacob Temminck (1748-1822) in 1780. Temminck had a powerful position as treasurer of the Dutch East India Company. Besides, he had a lively interest in natural history, maintaining both a cabinet and an aviary with living birds. The size of his collection at that early date is not known. However, Levaillant was impressed by this 'brilliante collection' Temminck was the obvious person to be approached by Levaillant to help him with his plans for travelling abroad considering the similarities in age and interest, as well as Temminck's position" (Rookmaaker, The Zoological Exploration of Southern Africa 1650-1790, p. 259).Our copy together with the 'Oiseaux d'Afrique' was sold in Paris 'Aguttes 14 April 2010' (the copies got split up later). Both items had identical bindings, and both copies were special copies with original plates inserted and clearly belonged together. The 'Oiseaux d'Afrique' has a handwritten dedication to J. Temminck. Bookseller Inventory # 9673

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Histoire naturelle des oiseaux]: BUFFON, Georges Louis

BUFFON, Georges Louis Marie Leclerc

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Item Description: 1771. Couverture rigide. Book Condition: Très bon. « One of the most important of all birds books from the collector’s point of view » (Stillwell, 63). A compter de 1765, 1 008 planches parurent; l’intention de l’auteur était que ces planches servent à illustrer l’Histoire naturelle générale et particulière de Buffon, ce qui fut rendu impossible en raison du tirage limité des estampes coloriées. 5 volumes in-folio, veau peint à bandes diagonales, quadruple filet or encadrant les plats, fleurons d’angle, dos à nerfs orné de fleurons et filets dorés, pièces de titre en maroquin rouge, de tomaison en maroquin citron et olive, double filet or sur les coupes, roulette intérieure dorée, tranches dorées. Reliure de l’époque. 453 X 325 mm. LE PLUS BEAU ET LE PLUS CELEBRE LIVRE ILLUSTRE DE BUFFON. TRES RARE ET SUPERBE EXEMPLAIRE TIRE SUR GRAND PAPIER BIEN COMPLET DE SES 1 008 PLANCHES A PLEINE PAGE FINEMENT COLORIEES A L’EPOQUE. Cohen, 194 ; Nissen, IV, B, 158 ; Brunet, I, 1379-1380 ; Ronsil, 76. « En 1765, Daubenton commença la publication de son important Recueil de planches coloriées, destinées à enrichir les œuvres de Buffon » (A. Drapiez, Dictionnaire classique des sciences naturelles, VIII, 168). Superbe exemplaire bien complet de ses 1 008 belles planches coloriées à la main à l’époque, conservé dans son élégante reliure du temps. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-18837118228

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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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Oiseaux dorés ou à reflets métalliques. I-: AUDEBERT, Jean-Baptiste/ VIEILLOT,
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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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Oiseaux Dorés ou à Reflets Métalliques. Histoire: AUDEBERT, J.B. &

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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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 (19 6/8 x 13 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 (lightly spotted throughout). Contemporary French calf, gilt (rebacked preserving the original spines, lower cover of volume II extensively restored). Provenance: with the engraved armorial bookplates of Queen Maria Christina of Spain (1858 – 1929), and the Princes of Spain on each front paste-down; with the ink library stamps of the three surviving sons of Charles IV of Spain: Fernando (later) VII, Carlos (later the pretender), and Antonio, on the verso of the title-page; their sale June 20th, 2000, lot 128 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. Illustrating the extraordinary beauty of the most spectacular species of hummingbirds, jacamars and birds of paradise. Anker says of 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. From the distinguished library of Maria Cristina, Queen of Spain as the second wife of King Alfonso XII. Her son, Alfonso XIII was born after his father's death, and so Maria Cristina was regent until he reached his majority in 1902. During her regency Spain lost its Caribbean and Pacific colonies during the Spanish–American War. Subsequently the Royal Library of Spain "LL AA RR" (Leurs Altesses Royales), Les Princes d'Espagne. Anker 14; Fine Bird Books p.73; Nissen IVB 47; Ronsil 103; Wood pp. 206-207; Zimmer pp. 17-18. Bookseller Inventory # 72nhr219

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Les oiseaux les plus remarquables par leurs: TRAVIÈS, Édouard.

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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TRAVIES, Edouard (1809-1865).

Published by Paris: Ledot aine (or Berrieux) and London: E. Gambert & Co. (or Victor Delarue), ca. 1857 (1857)

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Item Description: Paris: Ledot aine (or Berrieux) and London: E. Gambert & Co. (or Victor Delarue), ca. 1857, 1857. Folio (21 6/8 x 14 4/8 inches). 58 (of 79) fine consecutively numbered hand-colored lithographic plates by Travies (early plates a bit spotted, last plate with longish closed tear affecting the image). Contemporary full blue morocco, gilt, all edges gilt (rebacked to style). Provenance: with the modern armorial bookplate of Madelaine Jay on the front paste-down. ".simply wonderful. among the best portraits of birds ever painted" (Wood) First edition of this beautiful work by "one of the finest painters at work in the first half of the 19th century" (Jackson). The plates were originally issued in serial form, without title or text, and traditionally this work calls for 79 plates, but it has been thought that plates 60 and 79 were never published. 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 some plates are birds native to America, Africa, 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. "Fine Bird Books", p. 147; Nissen IVB 946; Wood 601. 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 # 72nhr223

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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. AUDEBERT, Jean Baptiste (1759-1800) and Louis Jean Pierre VIEILLOT (1748-1831). Oiseaux dores ou a reflets metalliques. Paris: Imprimerie Crapelet for Desray, [?1800]-1802. 2 volumes. Folio (20 3/8 x 13 2/8 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 (lightly spotted throughout). Contemporary diced russia, the smooths spines decorated in compartments with fine gilt tools, by Henry Walther, with his customary binder's ticket "Bound by H. Walther" on the verso of the front free endpaper of volume one, all edges gilt (front cover of first volume detached). Provenance: with neat contemporary shelf marks on the versos of the front free endpapers. 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. Illustrating the extraordinary beauty of the most spectacular species of hummingbirds, jacamars and birds of paradise. Anker says of 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. Bookseller Inventory # 72nhr254

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Ornithologie Brésilienne ou histoire des oiseaux du: DESCOURTILZ, Jean Theodore.

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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Histoire Naturelle des Oiseaux de l'Amérique Septentrionale,: VIEILLOT, Louis Jean

VIEILLOT, Louis Jean Pierre (1748-1831)

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Item Description: chez Desray, Paris, 1808. 2 volumes, folio. (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). 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. Bookseller Inventory # 20257

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VIEILLOT, Louis Jean Pierre (1748-1831).

Published by Paris: Chez Desray, 1807- [1808]. (1808)

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Item Description: Paris: Chez Desray, 1807- [1808]., 1808. VIEILLOT, Louis Jean Pierre (1748-1831). Histoire Naturelle des Oiseaux de l'Amerique Septentrionale, contenant un grand nombre d'especes decrites ou figurees pour la premiere fois. Paris: Chez Desray, 1807- [1808]. 2 volumes. Folio (19 4/8 x 12 6/8 inches). Half-titles. Extra-illustrated with a double-page and folding engraved map of "L'Amerique Septentrionale" by M. Herisson, published by Desray, tipped-in before the plates, 131 etched plates, numbered 1-124 with 7 bis plates, after J.-G. Pretre by L. Bouquet, printed in colors by Langlois and finished by hand (preliminaries to volume one loose, some occasionally heavy spotting throughout). Contemporary half scarlet morocco, marbled paper boards, gilt (extremities quite scuffed). "Louis Jean Pierre Vieillot was one of the more discerning ornithologists who gave particular study to female, immature and seasonal plumages'' (Allen). First edition of this superb American ornithology, containing 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. Very little is known of the life of this famous ornithologist closely associated with American as well as French birds: in all 26 genera and 32 species of North American bird were originally described by Vieillot, and he gave the Wild Turkey, the Pintail, the Cedar Waxwing, and the Scarlet Tanager their Latin scientific names. Vieillot emigrated from France to Santo Domingo in 1780 but, on the rise of civil unrest there, he moved to the United States in about 1792. Six years later, destitute, he returned to Paris and published "Histoire Naturelle des plus beaux oiseaux chanteurs de la Zone Torride" between 1805 and 1808 and between 1812 and 1820 studied the expanding exotic bird collection in the Paris Museum. Vieillot, was overshadowed by Buffon and Georges Frederic Cuvier and rejected by his contemporaries in the field, but his controbution to the ornithology of the New World eventually gained recognition after his death. Allen 549-552; Anker 515; Fine Bird Books 112; Nissen IVB 957; Yale/Ripley p.300; Zimmer p.654. 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 # 72nhr240

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Histoire naturelle d'oiseaux peu commons: et d'autre: Edwards, George,

Item Description: Selbstvlg. -51., London, 1745. Dabei: Ders., Gleanings of natural history, exhibiting figures of quadrupeds, birds, insects . Glanures d'histoire naturelles . traduit de l'Anglais par J. du Plessis. 3 Bde. Mit gest. Porträt und 152 kolor. Kupfertafeln. Ebd. 1758-64. - Zus. 7 Bde. - Gefleckte Lederbände d. Zt. mit reicher Rücken- und Deckelverg. sowie GGoldschnitt. 4to. - Die Histoire d'oiseaux in erster französischer Ausgabe, die Gleanings in erster Ausgabe (mit englisch-französischem Paralleltext). - Vollständige Reihe des bedeutenden ornithologischen und zoologischen Werkes. "Though, in a sense two books, these are now considered as one and either must rank as imperfect without the other . One of the most important of all Bird Books." (Fine Bird Books S. 93) - Die schönen Kupfertafeln von Edwards im lebendigen Altkolorit "were drawn and engraved on the copper plates direct from the natural objects they represent; many of them are coloured from nature." (Anker S. 119). Die nichtkolor. Kupfertafel in Tl. II der Histoire mit Darstellung eines Samojeden. - Tl. II und III der Histoire am Ende mit einem Katalog der erwähnten Vogelnamen in Latein und Französisch, Tl. II und III der Gleanings am Ende mit einem Katalog der erwähnten "Birds, Beasts, Fishes, Insects etc." in Englisch, Französisch und Latein. - Etw. gebräunt und tlw. fleckig. Einbde. etw. beschabt, Gelenke und Rücken fachmännisch restauriert. Schönes Exemplar in sehr dekorativen Einbänden der Zeit.Nissen, Vogelb. 287 und 288. - Anker 125 und 126. - Zimmer I, 196 und 198-200. - Sitwell/Buchanan S. 93. 10500 g. Bookseller Inventory # 411600108

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Oiseaux dorés ou à reflets métalliques: Audebert, Jean Baptiste

Audebert, Jean Baptiste & Viellot, Louis Jean Pierre

Published by Crapelet for Desray (1802)

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Item Description: Crapelet for Desray, 1802. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. No Jacket. 1st Edition. 2 vol. folio (20" x 13"). Half-title, section titles, 2pp list of subscribers. 190 fine engraved plates, printed in colour, by and after Audebert, printed by Langlois. Contemporary diced russia, expertly rebacked to style, spines in seven compartments, with raised bands, black morocco lettering-piece in the second compartment, red morocco in the fourth, the others with elegant repeat neo-classical design, gilt turn-ins. First edition, deluxe folio issue with the plate captions printed in gold: limited to 200 copies. A fine copy of "one of the most beautiful books of its era" (Fine Bird Books) and the best early work on humming-birds, jacamars, promerops, tree-creepers, birds-of-paradise and other tropical birds. As Fine Bird Books points out, it is these "gold reflections of the plumage that renders this book unique and wonderful". The plates include three plates of details, 19 of Colibris, 50 of Oiseaux-Mouches; 6 Jacamars; 9 Pomerops; 88 Grimpereaux and 15 Oiseaux de Paradis. The text is largely by Vieillot who saw the work through to completion using Audebert's notes following his death in 1800. Bookseller Inventory # 2705141

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Histoire Naturelle des Oiseaux d'Afrique.: LEVAILLANT, F.

LEVAILLANT, F.

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Item Description: Paris, J.J. Fuchs/ Delachaussée, An VII (1799)-1808. 6 volumes. Large-4o (325 x 252mm). With 300 engraved plates in double state, plain and colour-printed with hand-finishing. Contemporary red morocco, spines with gilt ornaments, sides with gilt French Imperial eagle at each corner and richly gilt borders, inside dentelles, gilt edges (hinges of second volume a bit weak). A splendidly bound copy of the rare quarto deluxe issue with the plates in two states (the ordinary edition has only coloured plates). The work was published in 4to and in folio. The deluxe issue has far better colouring of the plates, with extensive hand-finishing, than the ordinary editions. The excellent plates are engraved by Fissart and Péree after drawings by Reinhold, and printed by Langlois, the great master of colour printing who supervised much of Redouté's best work. Levaillant's work on the birds of Africa is still important to-day as it described birds of the region for the first time and Levaillant is considered an important pioneer on African ornithology. François Levaillant (1753-1828) travelled to South Africa where he made two expeditions into the interior in 1780-1784. The first went to the Great Fish River and the second one to the Orange River."The work, which was published in 51 parts, is Levaillant's most prominent work. 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 birds, but also of their habits and habitats. Scientific names are not given. Althogether 284 species are dealt with, of which 71, according to the statement of the author, do not come from Africa." (Anker 297). Levaillant also included birds from the rest of Africa.Some occasional browning and spotting as is usual with this work.Provenance: Armorial bookplate of Samuel Ryland.Fine Bird Books p. 90; Anker 297, Nissen IVB, 555. Bookseller Inventory # 9530

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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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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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Histoire naturelle des oiseaux-mouches ou colibris constituant: Mulsant, Martial Étienne,

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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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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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., (13 2/8 x 10 inches). Half-titles to volumes 1-3. 300 fine engraved plates, printed in colour and finished by hand, including 4 double-page (lower small corner of plate 103 torn away). Contemporary tree calf, the smooth spines decorated in compartments, red morocco lettering-pieces in two, the others with fine gilt bird tools (backstrip of volume one detached, front hinge broken). 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. Bookseller Inventory # 72nhr259

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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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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 # 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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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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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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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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