Pauline Knip | Les Pigeons, 1808–1811, the Marcel Jeanson copy
Pauline Knip and Coenraad Jacob Temminck
Les Pigeons. Par Madame Knip... premier peintre d'histoire naturelle de S.M. l'Impératrice reine Marie-Louise. Paris: for the author and Garnery, –1811
Folio (529 x 345mm.), half-title, 87 etched plates, partly printed in colour and finished by hand after Knip, by César Macret, contemporary russia gilt, covers panelled with gilt fillet borders, foliate cornerpieces and wide border, spine gilt, gilt edges, one plate with repaired tear extending to image, one plate number shaved, some occasional foxing, joints repaired
THE MARCEL JEANSON COPY. Without the very rare second volume published in 1838-1843. This first volume was issued in fifteen livraisons with text by Temminck. It was originally to be entitled Histoire naturelle générale des pigeons, but Madame Knip appropriated the publication from Temminck at the ninth livraison and issued a new title. Only twelve copies of the work were approved by Temminck and these all bore the original title. A second edition of the first volume was issued, with alterations, on the publication of the second volume.
Anker 261; Fine Bird Books, p.86; Nissen IVB 511; Ronsil 2890; Zimmer, p.356
Marcel Jeanson, bookplate, sale, Sotheby’s Monaco, 16 June 1988, lot 46
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