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6 April 2011
DESCOURTILZ, Jean Théodore (c. 1796-1855). Ornithologie brésilienne ou Histoire des Oiseaux du Brésil, remarquables par leur plumage, leur chant ou leurs habitudes. Rio de Janeiro: Thomas Reeves, [1854-1856]. 4 parts [all published] in one volume, 2° (610 x 410mm). 36 (of 48) chromolithographic plates after Descourtilz. (Plate I with two tiny marginal holes, occasional marginal staining, light spotting, browning and soiling.) Contemporary half morocco, gilt morocco label to upper cover (worn, covers almost detached but still holding, corners bumped).
RARE FIRST EDITION of a 'very important, fundamental, systematic treatise' (Wood). One of the 'finest works by Descourtilz' (Sabin). BM(NH) I, p.443; Fine Bird Books (1990) p.90; Nissen IVB 236; Sabin 19692; Wood p.315; Zimmer p.166.
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