Lot 23
  • 23

Belon, Pierre

12,000 - 18,000 GBP
12,500 GBP
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  • L’Histoire de la nature des oyseaux, avec leurs descriptions, & naïfs portraicts. Paris: Gilles Corrozet, 1555, six parts, general and sectional titles with woodcut printer’s device, woodcut portrait of Belon on verso of title, woodcut initials and head-pieces, numerous woodcut illustrations, COLOURED BY A CONTEMPORARY HAND, ruled throughout, a few marginal tears, D6 lengthened at foot and possibly supplied
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ALDROVANDI, Ulisse. De quadrupedibus solidipedibus… Bologna: V. Banacci (for G. Tamburini), 1617 (colophon 1616), engraved architectural title by J.B. Cariolanus, woodcut illustrations, some leaves frayed, torn and/or slightly browned, last leaves holed

2 works bound in one volume, folio (355 x 235mm.), seventeenth-century RED MOROCCO GILT, covers panelled with gilt fillet borders, flat spine lettered lengthways within similar panelling, gilt edges, slightly rubbed, spine ends and joints repaired


Jesuits of Montmorillon, booklabel

Catalogue Note

A RARE COLOURED COPY IN A FINE BINDING of Belon’s work, which is one of the first to be entirely devoted to birds, and "one of the first ornithological texts of its time to be based on direct observation and illustrated with original drawings" (Norman).