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OUSTALET, Jean Frederick Emile (1844-1905), and Armand DAVID. Les Oiseaux de la Chine ... avec un Atlas de 124 planches, dessinées et lithographiées par M. Arnoul et Coloriées au pinceau. Paris: G. Mason, 1877.

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OUSTALET, Jean Frederick Emile (1844-1905), and Armand DAVID. Les Oiseaux de la Chine ... avec un Atlas de 124 planches, dessinées et lithographiées par M. Arnoul et Coloriées au pinceau. Paris: G. Mason, 1877.

2 volumes, 8° (255 x 165mm). 124 hand-coloured lithographic plates mounted on guards. (Half-title and title-page of volume 1 rehinged with resulting short tear, half-title of volume 2 with marginal browning, some plates with very occasional light browning.) Modern maroon leather (with loss of gilt). Provenance: Castellucci (armorial and monogram stamps on the title-page and page 100).

FIRST EDITION of an important monograph dealing with 807 species - the sum of bird species then known in China. 'The plates are clear and well drawn' Zimmer p. 159; Nissen IVB 221; Anker 113 Fine Bird Books p. 69. (2)
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