2 December 2010
BRISSON, Mathurin Jacques (1723-1806). Ornithologie ou methode contenant la division des oiseaux en ordres, sections, genres, especes & leur variétés. Paris: Jean Baptiste Buache, 1760.
6 volumes text, including supplement bound with volume, 4o (257 x 188 mm) and oblong atlas folio (259 x 375 mm). Titles and text in Latin and French. Engraved additional titles by F.N. Martinet, Latin letterpress titles on versos, facing French letterpress titles, 261 engraved plates by François-Nicolas Martinet IN ATLAS AND COLORED BY AN EARLY HAND. (Some occasional slight browning to the text.) Contemporary mottled calf, spines tooled in gilt (some wear to joints).
A FINE COPY WITH THE PLATES BOUND IN A SEPARATE ATLAS, NEVER FOLDED, OF "ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT EARLY SYSTEMATIC ORNITHOLOGIES" (Ellis 378). Brisson classified 1336 species in addition to 150 varieties, distributed over 115 genera, which are grouped in 26 orders. The work is illustrated by François Nicolas Martinet with over 500 birds, on 261 plates, a number of which had not been illustrated before. Brunet mentions copies on large paper without giving details. Anker 69; Brunet I. 1262; Ellis 378; Nissen IVB 145; Ronsil 391; Wood p.257; Zimmer p.94. (7)
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