Les Oiseaux décrits et figurés d'après la classification de Georges Cuvier
By Cuvier, Georges
Pp. (iii, half-title, series and title pages); 72 full page hand-colored plates representing 464 individual figures of birds, each plate has a descriptive leaf of text. Contemporary one-quarter dark green polished sheep leather, spine with 5 raised bands lettered in gilt in one compartment and with gilt floral decorations in the other five compartments, over green marbled boards with green marbled endpapers, 8vo (9.25 x 5.95 inches; 23.5 x 14.8 cm). This volume describes the most remarkable bird species and provides the generic characters (from the subtitle). As Georges Cuvier died in 1832, this volume was posthumously published. The fine copper engravings are by Guerin, Travies and Pretre. Two versions of this work were published, one with the copper engravings hand colored as seen here, and the other with the copper engravings left plain. The title page states there are 71 plates in this work but there are 72 hand-colored plates in the volume – the title page is in error as noted in Ronsil 700. From the French series “De La Mème Collection.” See also description in Ronsil 700. From the library of French ornithologist R. D. Etchecopar (1905-1990) with his coat of arms bookplate on the front pastedown. No other ownership marks.
|Publisher||J. B. Bailliere et Fils|
|Date Published Estimated||No|
|Number of Volumes||1|
|Condition Description||Spine leather is lightly sunned, faint edgewear to marbled boards, the hand-colored plates and text are remarkably bright and clean without any foxing or browning; a tight copy in near fine condition.|