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Oiseaux dorés ou à reflets métalliques
Crapelet for Desray 1802 - 2 vol. folio (20" x 13"). Half-title, section titles, 2pp list of subscribers. 190 fine engraved plates, printed in colour, by and after Audebert, printed by Langlois. Contemporary diced russia, expertly rebacked to style, spines in seven compartments, with raised bands, black morocco lettering-piece in the second compartment, red morocco in the fourth, the others with elegant repeat neo-classical design, gilt turn-ins. First edition, deluxe folio issue with the plate captions printed in gold: limited to 200 copies. A fine copy of "one of the most beautiful books of its era" (Fine Bird Books) and the best early work on humming-birds, jacamars, promerops, tree-creepers, birds-of-paradise and other tropical birds. As Fine Bird Books points out, it is these "gold reflections of the plumage that renders this book unique and wonderful". The plates include three plates of details, 19 of Colibris, 50 of Oiseaux-Mouches; 6 Jacamars; 9 Pomerops; 88 Grimpereaux and 15 Oiseaux de Paradis. The text is largely by Vieillot who saw the work through to completion using Audebert's notes following his death in 1800. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Bredon Hill Books]
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