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Lot N° 13

BUFFON (Georges-Louis Leclerc de). NATURAL HISTORY OF BIRDS. Paris, de l'Imprimerie Royale, 1770-1786. 10 volumes large in-4° (323 x 240 mm), marbled calf, spine ornamented, red morocco title-pieces and green morocco tomato-pieces, red edges (period binding).
THE MOST BEAUTIFUL AND CELEBRATED BOOK BY BUFFON, considered the most remarkable French ornithological book of the 18th century. At the time, it was one of the most complete and meticulous works on birds ever published.
It is illustrated with 971 magnificent plates (out of 973) engraved on copper from drawings by François-Nicolas Martinet under the direction of Daubenton, most of them signed in the engraving or in the frame, all of them very delicately watercolored by hand and placed in a yellow watercolor frame, showing birds from all over the world. The descriptive text accompanying each species gives its origin and particular characteristics.
Volume 1: [6]-22-[2]-313-1bl.-[2] pages. Complete with 75 plates.
Volume 2 : [6]-488-[2] pages. Complete with 53 plates.
Volume 3 : [8]-282-[2] pages. Complete with 98 plates.
Volume 4 : [12]-405-(1]-[2] pages. Complete with 97 plates.
Volume 5 : 11-1bl.-363-1bl.-[2] pages. 97 plates (of 98).
Volume 6 : 12-582-[2] pages. Complete with 102 plates.
Volume 7 : [2]-12-435-1bl.-(2] pages. Complete with 142 plates.
Volume 8 : [2]-8-412-(2] pages. Complete with 140 plates.
Volume 9 : 8-423-1bl.-[2] pages. 108 plates (of 109). (Plate 449 noted 429, some plates numbered by hand).
Volume 10: 4-562 pages. Complete with all 59 plates.
Excellent condition inside, the colors have remained bright. Very rare foxing, some pages slightly browned, traces of spotting on several boards, leather missing from the corner of the board of volume 9, and on one board of volume 6, a damaged cap in volume 1 and some traces of wear. Stamps (3) of religious institutions on titles. (Cohen, 194) (Nissen, IV, B, 158) (Brunet, I, 1379-1380).
Estimation : 20 000 EUR - 30 000 EUR
Result : 53 836 EUR

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