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CUVIER, George & Georges Louis Marie Leclerc, comte de Buffon.
La Voliere de la Jeunesse [The Aviary of Youth] ou, Cours complet d'Etude sur l'historie naturelle de l'Oioseaux, Classes selon la Méthode de M. Cuvier avec la manière de les élever, de les nourrir, &c. Suivi d'un traité sur l'art de les empailler. Ouvrage rédigé d'après l'historie naturelle de Buffon
Paris: Chez Chevalier, 1817. 2 volumes duodecimo (160 x 98 mm). Contemporary red morocco-textured paper spine and tips, brown streaked paper boards, title gilt to the spines, volume numbers within a olive wreaths. A little rubbed, minor chipping head and tail of the spine, light browning throughout, a little stronger at the page and plate edges, minor splits to folds of a number of plates, but overall a very well-preserved copy in original contemporary condition. Fully engraved title pages with vignettes, and 64 engraved plates, all but 4 folding. First and only edition of this charming juvenile guide to the world's birds, based on the work of Cuvier and Buffon. Attractively illustrated with a suite of lively and well-executed, if unsophisticated, plates. Uncommon, just 4 sets located in an on-line search of institutional holdings - no copies traced in the UK, just one in the US - this copy without the index leaves present in the BnF copies, or the summary of taxidermy noted only by the University of Florida. Neither of these additions appear ever to have been bound into the present set. Genuinely elegant, if a little used; contemporary ownership inscriptions of "Chs. Fz. Ls. Marthe, Juillet - 1825" to the front free endpapers, neatly inked plate location corrections in a contemporary hand throughout the text.` [Attributes: First Edition]
Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA/ ILAB. [London, United Kingdom]
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