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LEVAILLANT, Francois.
Histoire Naturelle des Perroquets.
Paris Levrault Freres -1805, 1801. First edition. Two vols, folio (53cm x 34cm); 145 engraved plates after Jacques Barraband, printed in colours and finished by hand (with tissue guards); half-titles present, list of plates at end of each volume, 145 engraved plates after Jacques Barraband, printed in colours and finished by hand (with tissue guards), UNCUT, two leaves of letterpress with marginal closed-tears, occasional minor foxing ; bound in contemporary red morocco-grain roan, smooth spines gilt lettered direct and divided by swag rolls enclosing single fillets and a wavy-line-and-dot roll, dark slate-green diagonal-rib cloth sides decorated overall with a pattern of fissures, sides and corners trimmed with a gilt ribbon-and-flower roll, corners refurbished, bindings slightly rubbed and with a few old marks, scratch across back cover of vol. II; overall a very attractive copy. First edition in the preferred folio format of this celebrated work, which stands in the front rank of ornithological books. The very fine colour plates are by Jacques Barraband, "a superlative bird artist" (Buchanan, p. 97-8), which, apart from their undoubted beauty, display a scientific accuracy that is matched by the meticulous engraving and superb printing of Langlois. They also exhibit a delicate gradation of tone and colour that seems to catch the shifting hues of the birds' feathers. François Levaillant (1753-1824), son of the French consul in Suriname, is one of the major figures in the history of ornithology. "Until overtaken by John Gould later in the nineteenth century, he was the mos … [Click Below for Full Description]
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