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L'Histoire Naturelle éclaircie dans une de ses parties principales l'ornithologie, qui traite des oiseaux de terre, de mer et de riviere
Debure Pere, Paris 1767 - (11 5/8 x 8 5/8 inches). Half-title. xii, [4], 464pp. 31 hand-colored engraved plates, engraved by and after Martinet. Contemporary green morocco, covers bordered with a triple gilt fillet, spine with raised bands in six compartments, lettered in the second, the others with a repeat decoration in gilt, marbled endpapers, gilt edges Provenance: Mark Masterman Sykes (vellum gilt booklabel) A very fine copy of the first French edition of the ornithological portions of Ray's `Synopsis methodica avium & piscium' (London, 1713), here in its most desirable form with the plates hand-coloured. A translation of John Ray's posthumous work in Latin, Synopsis Avium (1713), this edition greatly augmented by François Salerne with his own observations and others taken from Belon, Aldrovanus, Willughby, Gesner and Linnaeus. "The whole constitutes a work on ornithology of considerable value, furnishing a description of many species of birds, their habits, physical characters, vulgar names," (Wood) and other information. Of further note are the illustrations, engraved by and after Martinet. The present copy is one only a few deluxe examples with hand coloured plates. The "Avertissement" mentions (English translation follows): "Ce Livre est orné de trente-une Planches, qui représentent la figure de cent Oiseaux. Ces Planches sont supérieurement executes par un des plus habiles Artistes que nous ayons en ce genre? Ils ont tous été dessinès & graves d'après nature? Comme les Planches les mieux gravées ne sauroient marquer parfaitement les couleurs naturelles des objets qu'elles représentent, le Librarire avertit les Amateurs & les Curieux, qu'il a fait colorier d'après nature un petit nombre d'Exemplaires des Planches de cet Ouvrage: on y verra les Oiseaux avec toute la beauté, la vivacité & les differentes nuances de leurs couleurs. Ces Planches sont peintes & coloriées d'apès nature, avec le plus grand soin. Chaque Exemplaire ainsi peint & colorié se vendra 150 liv. relié magnifiquement en maroquin." (p. viii). [This book is decorated with 31 plates, which include one hundred figures of birds. These plates are executed in a superior fashion by one of the best artists that we have working in this field? They are all drawn and engraved after nature? As even the best engravings cannot adequately portray the natural colours of their subjects, the Publishers advise both the amateur and the dilettanti, that they have had a small number of sets of the plates to this work coloured from nature: one is thus able to appreciate the full beauty of the birds, their liveliness and the range of the colouring. These plates are drawn and coloured from nature, in the best possible taste. Each example so coloured will be offered for sale at 150 liv., magnificently bound in morocco.] Anker 414; Cottrell 16l; Fine Birds Books (1990) p. 133; Keynes Ray 106; Nissen IVB 757; Nissen SVB 397; Ronsil 2683; Thiébaud 823. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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