Lot 23
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Levaillant, François

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Description

  • Levaillant, François
  • Histoire naturelle des perroquets. Paris: Levrault, Schoell et Ce., 1804-1805
  • Paper
FIRST EDITION, 2 volumes, folio (530 x 335mm.), dedication leaf, 145 engraved plates, printed in colours and finished by hand, contemporary red morocco-backed boards, spines lettered in gilt, edges uncut, some slight spotting, boards rubbed at edges

Literature

Anker 303; Fine Bird Books, p.90; Nissen IVB 558; Zimmer, p.392

Catalogue Note

“After he made himself Emperor, it was part of Napoleon’s deliberate policy to initiate a series of magnificent publications that would vie with those undertaken on the orders of Louis XIV. These were sent as presents to crowned heads, men of science, and learned bodies, in evidence of the splendours of the Empire… The works of Levaillant owe their sumptuous character to… this impetus. His Histoire naturelle des perroquets is, unwittingly, one of the glories of Napoleonic France”
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