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BOOKS FROM THE COLLECTION OF THE LATE PAUL FENTENER VAN VLISSINGEN

Buffon, Georges Louis Marie Leclerc
HISTOIRE NATURELLE DES OISEAUX. PARIS: IMPRIMERIE ROYALE, 1770-1786
Estimate
75,000100,000
LOT SOLD. 87,500 GBP (Hammer Price with Buyer's Premium)
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BOOKS FROM THE COLLECTION OF THE LATE PAUL FENTENER VAN VLISSINGEN

Buffon, Georges Louis Marie Leclerc
HISTOIRE NATURELLE DES OISEAUX. PARIS: IMPRIMERIE ROYALE, 1770-1786
Estimate
75,000100,000
LOT SOLD. 87,500 GBP (Hammer Price with Buyer's Premium)
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Buffon, Georges Louis Marie Leclerc
HISTOIRE NATURELLE DES OISEAUX. PARIS: IMPRIMERIE ROYALE, 1770-1786
FIRST EDITION, LARGE PAPER ISSUE, 10 volumes bound in 15, folio (477 x 235mm.), text within decorative borders, 973 fine hand-coloured engraved plates, drawn and engraved by Franz Nicolaus Martinet under the supervision of Edme Daubenton, contemporary green morocco gilt, gilt edges, without the 35 plates of insects as often, occasional dampstaining, mostly marginal, more pronounced in vol.15 (this a text volume), some minor wear and repair to spines
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Literature

Anker 76-77; Fine Bird Books, p.63; Nissen IVB 158; Wood, p.267; Zimmer, pp.104-106

Catalogue Note

A LARGE-PAPER COPY OF BUFFON'S MASTERPIECE, AND A CORNERSTONE OF ORNITHOLOGICAL LITERATURE, BOUND IN CONTEMPORARY GREEN MOROCCO.

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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