DESMAREST, Anselme-Gaëtan (1784-1838). Histoire naturelle des tangaras, des manakins et des todiers. Paris: L.-É. Herhan for Garnery and Delachaussé, 1805-.
2° (535 x 340mm). Half-title, dedication, 'Avis servant de table'. 72 etched and engraved plates by Gremilliet and Martinet after Pauline de Courcelles, all printed in colours by Rousset, all hand-finished, with complete captions printed in black below. (Scattered light spotting throughout.) Contemporary green straight-grained morocco, panelled in gilt and blind, gilt spine, turn-ins and edges (a few minor repairs, spine very slightly sunned, light rubbing at extremities). Provenance: George Savile Foljambe (bookplate).
FIRST EDITION, LARGE-PAPER COPY WITH 'BEAUTIFULLY EXECUTED PLATES' (Anker). Desmarest's work has the distinction of being the first ornithological text illustrated by Madame Knip (1781-1851). Born Antoinette Pauline Jacqueline Rifer de Courcelles, she married the Dutch flower painter Joseph August Knip in 1808, and was -- as the title states -- a pupil of Jacques Barraband. Recognised in her lifetime as one of the leading ornithological artists of the 19th century, her reputation has endured on the basis of her illustrations both for Demarest's work and for Temminck's Les Pigeons (cf. lot 55). The present work was issued in 12 livraisons, in a number of variant states: with the plates printed in black or in colours; with or without full details of the artist, engraver and printer; with the plates uncoloured. In addition, Ronsil and Zimmer, citing Engelmann's Bibliotheca zoological (Leipzig: 1861), note copies issued in two volumes with a portrait of the author, and with both plain and coloured states of the plates. Anker 116; BM(NH) I, p.445; Brunet II, 631; Fine Bird Books (1990) p.90; Nissen IVB 238; Ronsil 840; Wood p.316; Zimmer p.167.