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LE VAILLANT, Francois.

Histoire naturelle des perroquets.

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Paris, Levrault Freres, 1801

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 the great bird artist, Jacques Barraband.

François Le Vaillant (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 most prolific producer of comprehensive bird books, and in sheer quality he was eclipsed only by Audubon. He belongs to the new breed of naturalist who attained prominence towards the end of the 18th century, studying and recording their subjects in their natural habitat. Le Vaillaint's illustrator, Jacques Barraband (1767-1809), is considered to be the greatest ornithological artist of his time. He had a varied career, working for both the Gobelin tapestry works and the Sevres porcelain factory, and was also responsible for

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First edition. Two vols, folio (53 x 34 cm); 145 stipple 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, uncut, two leaves of letterpress with marginal closed-tears, occasional minor foxing; contemporary French half red morocco-grain roan, spines lettered in gilt, dark slate-green pebble-grain cloth, bindings slightly rubbed; overall a very attractive copy.


Anker 303; Ayer/Zimmer, p.392; Fine Bird Books p90; Nissen IVB 558.

Stock ID:101238

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