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VIEILLOT, Louis Jean Pierre (1748-1831). Histoire Naturelle des plus beaux Oiseaux Chanteurs de la Zone Torride. Paris: Crapelet for J.E.Gabriel Dufour, 1805-[?1809].

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VIEILLOT, Louis Jean Pierre (1748-1831). Histoire Naturelle des plus beaux Oiseaux Chanteurs de la Zone Torride. Paris: Crapelet for J.E.Gabriel Dufour, 1805-[?1809].

2° (536 x 345mm). Half-title. 72 FINE ETCHED PLATES after J.-G.Prêtre by L.Bouquet, PRINTED IN COLOURS by Langlois and FINISHED BY HAND, uncut. Original boards (extremities worn, backstrip lacking).

FIRST EDITION. A fine collection of plates in the style of Audebert and Desmarest. The work comprises descriptions "and colored plates of a number of tropical weaver-birds, finches, and tanagers" (Zimmer). The dates of publication are problematic, but, from internal evidence, the 12th and final livraison did not appear until 1809 at the earliest. Zimmer p.654; Nissen IVB 956; Anker 514; Fine Bird Books 112.
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