ALBIN, Eleazar (fl. 1713-1759). Histoire naturelle des oiseaux. The Hague: Pierre de Hondt, 1750.
3 volumes, 4 (279 x 230mm). Titles printed in red and black, 306 fine hand-coloured etched plates after Eleazar, Elizabeth and Forinalus Albin, by Henry Fletcher and others, engraved headpiece by J. van Schley, metalcut initials and ornament. (Occasional unobtrusive spotting, a few plates with mild offset discolouration.) Contemporary Dutch red morocco panelled with green morocco inlay, central compartment gilt decorated in panels and small tools, spines gilt in compartments (extremities lightly rubbed, short tears to head of vols. I and III, upper hinge of vol. III split at head and foot), gilt and gauffered edges. Provenance: J. F. Symons-Jeune (armorial bookplate).
FIRST EDITION IN FRENCH OF THE 'EARLIEST COLOURED BOOK ON BRITISH BIRDS' (Fine Bird Books). The work is more comprehensive than Sitwell, Buchanan and Fisher's correct claim suggests, as it was issued both coloured and uncoloured. Some of the colouring in this copy may be of later date. The original edition was published in 1738 in 2 volumes, and followed by a third volume (supplement) in 1740. Anker 6; Fine Bird Books p. 54 (first English edition only); Nissen IVB 16. (3)