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With 152 hand-colored plates of hummingbirds  

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Histoire naturelle des oiseaux-mouches [&] Histoire naturelle des colibris...

Lesson, Rene Primevere


Arthus Bertrand

[1829-1830 & 1830-1832]


2 volumes. Comprises:

  • Histoire naturelle des oiseaux-mouches. [iii]-xlvi, [blank leaf], 223 pp. With 86 hand-colored engraved plates. [1829-1830].
  • Histoire naturelle des colibris, suivie d'un supplément a l'histoire naturelle des oiseaux mouches. With 66 hand-colored engraved plates. [1830-1832]

23.7x14.5 cm (9½x5½"), similar period morocco tooled in gilt, raised spine bands, morocco lettering pieces, gilt inner dentelles, all edges gilt. First Editions.

Lesson's important work on hummingbirds and its supplement, with a total of 152 hand-colored engraved plates. Anker 291 & 293.

Lot Amendments

Some rubbing to spine ends, joints and corners, front joint of 2nd volume cracked, front hinge of 1st volume split though; some foxing and discoloration including to plates; overall very good.

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