Ornithologie ou Méthode contenant la division des oiseaux en ordres, sections, genres, espèces et leurs variétés
Author: Brisson de l'Académie Royale des Sciences
Published by: Chez Jean-Baptiste Bauche, Libraire à Paris, avec approbation et privilège du Roi
Publication date: 1760, text in 2 columns in French and in Lampe, headpieces and tailpieces.
Number of pages: 526, 516, 734, 576, 544 and [543 + supplement 146) pages
Format : Quarto (20 x 26 cm)
Binding: full leather with the De La Phalecque coat of arms.
Illustrations: Collated, complete, with its 261 plates drawn and engraved by Martinet. Volume 1 with 37 plates, volume 2 with 46 plates, volume 3 with 37 plates, volume 4 with 46 plates, volume 5 with 42 plates, volume 5 with 47 plates + supplement with 6 plates.
Weight: 11 kg, secure shipping.
Condition: good, old dampstains with browned paper and thinned on the edges of some pages, sturdy bindings, rubbing and abrasions on the covers, wear to the headcap and the angles, tear on one fold-out page.
The Ornithologie in six volumes is the largest catalogue of a cabinet of curiosities ever made. It presents a system of bird classification that would be used for nearly a hundred years. It uses the rich Réaumur collection but also includes the study of other private collections.
Brisson was fully aware of the shortcomings in the work of Carl von Linné (1707-1778). He tried, despite the lack of information on bird behaviour, to describe the species as accurately as possible. Brisson defined 115 genera grouped into 26 orders. [Source: Wikipedia].
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- 26×20 cm