Lot 22
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Belon, Pierre

Estimate
1,500 - 2,000 GBP
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Description

  • Portraits d'oyseaux, animaux, serpens, herbes, arbres, homes et femmes, d'Arabie & Egypte... Paris: Guillaume Cavellat, 1557
  • Paper
4to (220 x 152mm.), title within woodcut border, woodcut portrait of the author, woodcut initials and headpieces, woodcut illustrations (some full-page), two woodcut maps, engraving of a chameleon pasted to final blank recto, woodcut printer's device on final verso, modern red calf gilt in period style, lacking folding maps of Mount Athos and Sinai, a few images close to gutter, î2 misbound before ê1, a few small marginal repairs, small hole in l1 and n4 (not touching text), r4 and D2 torn and repaired (affecting image but without loss), occasional light staining

Provenance

Eustache Hyacinthe Langlois (1777-1837, artist), inscription on title-page dated 1806

Literature

IA 116.331; Nissen IVB 87

Catalogue Note

Belon travelled around the eastern Mediterranean in the years 1546-1549, observing the fauna and flora of the places he visited, and also hoping to locate the remains of Troy. This work is noted for the first comparative analysis of the anatomy of man and bird. Some of the woodcuts were previously used in Belon's L'Histoire de la nature des oyseaux (Paris, 1555).
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