BOOKS FROM THE COLLECTION OF THE LATE PAUL FENTENER VAN VLISSINGEN
The plates, by Daubenton, were originally intended to illustrate the ornithological section of Buffon’s massive Histoire naturelle générale, but this idea was abandoned owing to the limited number of impressions, and instead Buffon prepared the present special ten-volume edition of the ornithology to accompany the splendid coloured plates (here unusually bound in 15 volumes). The work was issued in four formats, the present copy being the most sumptuous: "Grand in-folio avec les planches enluminées, en grand papier".
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