LESSON, Ren Primevre (1794-1849). Histoire Naturelle des Oiseaux de Paradis et des Epimaques. Paris: Arthus Bertrand, [1834-1835].
4 (244 x 158mm). Half-title, 43 hand-finished, colour-printed engraved plates, 3 double-page, by Massard, Oudet and others after Oudart and Prtre, printed by Rmond. (Some spotting to text leaves and plates, some plates slightly discoloured, plate 21 browned.) 19th-century brown half morocco, t.e.g, others uncut, by Chatelin (corners bumped). Provenance: R. Cyril Lockett (armorial bookplate); J. F. Symons-Jeune (bookplate).
This monograph on the Birds of Paradise includes a synopsis of species, introduction, a description of New Guinea and its inhabitants, the general treatment of each of the species, and synonymic index. Anker 296; Fine Bird Books p. 90 (*); Nissen IVB 550; Ronsil 1774; Wood p. 433 'classic monograph'; Zimmer p. 390. (8)