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 (including supplement bound with volume 6), 4° (250 x 190mm). Engraved half-titles by F.N.Martinet, letterpress titles and text in French and Latin, 261 engraved plates by Martinet, most folding. (Some light browning and offsetting throughout, some old staining to lower margins of volume 6, a few minor tears affecting margins). Contemporary mottled calf (rubbed, joints cracked, some hinges loose).
First edition of "one of the most important early systematic ornithologies" (Ellis/Mengel 378), illustrated by the accomplished bird artist François Nicolas Martinet. Anker 69; Nissen IVB 145. (6)