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Daniel Good Rare Books and Engravings

1829 Lesson del.; Coutant sc. HUMMINGBIRD Hand coloured L’Arlequin - Ornithology

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Published as part of the scarce series: Histoire Naturelle des Oiseaux-Mouches, 1829-32.

Research for the work was undertaken by Rene Lesson during his time as a botanist on Duperrey’s voyage of La Coquille in 1822-1825. Preceding Gould’s monograph on hummingbirds in 1849, this these beautifully hand coloured engravings and partly colour printed plates are part of the earliest and most comprehensive work on the species. 

References: Anker 291; Nissen IVB 547; Ronsil 290; Zimmerman 386.

Issued on fine cream stock paper. WITHOUT the usual foxing and offsetting and as such very rare.