HISTOIRE NATURELLE DES OISEAUX DE PARADIS ET DES ROLLIERS, SUIVIE DE CELLES DES TOUCANS ET DES BARBUS.

Lot Number 13
Author LEVAILLANT, FRANÇOIS.
Title HISTOIRE NATURELLE DES OISEAUX DE PARADIS ET DES ROLLIERS, SUIVIE DE CELLES DES TOUCANS ET DES BARBUS.
Year Published 1801
Place Printed PARIS DENNÉ LE JEUNE AND PERLET,
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Description LEVAILLANT, FRANÇOIS. HISTOIRE NATURELLE DES OISEAUX DE PARADIS ET DES ROLLIERS, SUIVIE DE CELLES DES TOUCANS ET DES BARBUS. PARIS: DENNÉ LE JEUNE AND PERLET, (1801)-1806 First edition, 2 volumes, folio (515 x 330mm.), half-titles, 114 engraved plates, 2 folding, printed in colours and finished by hand, after Jacques Barraband, contemporary straightgrained red morocco gilt in the style of Bozerian, the covers with wide borders gilt of ornamental flowers enclosing a single fillet panel with large ornaments gilt at corners, flat spines gilt in compartments, [Fine Bird Books, p.90; Nissen IVB 559; Ronsil 1780], some plates restored at foot, one folding plate creased and with a small repair, binding refurbished
Comments A finely-bound, large copy of one of the most spectacular works on exotic birds. This was Levaillant's last, finest work, considered by Ronsil to be without rival among French bird books. The plates were printed by Langlois, whose pioneering techniques in colour printing were also used in much of Redouté's best work. See catalogue frontispiece for an illustration of the binding.
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Estimated Price GBP 40,000.00 - 50,000.00
( USD 67,200.00 - 84,000.00 )
Actual Price GBP 58,850.00 ( USD 94,748.50 )

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Auction House Sothebys
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Auction Name Travel, Atlases, Maps & Natural History
Sale Number #L12401
Auction Date May 9, 2012 - May 9, 2012
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