Martinet Long-beaked Rail c 1770-86


G-186:     Beautiful engraving with original hand-coloring from HISTOIRE NATURELLE DES OISEAUX by Georges Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon.

Drawn and engraved by Francois Nicholas Martinet, the foremost ornithological artist of his time. Published on hand made laid paper, sheet size @12 x 9 inches. The image size is @ 8 5/8 x 7 1/8 inches. Verso is blank.

Published  in Paris, c. 1770-86.


From a famous and highly regarded ornithological work: “This edition was certainly the most ambitious and comprehensive bird book which had appeared at the time of its publication, and ranks still as one of the most important of all bird books” (Sitwell Fine Bird Books  p. 83).

This is a 240 year old original engraving with original hand coloring. It is not a reproduction. Condition is excellent – clean, with bright unfaded colors.

Shipped unmatted

  • Inventory# G-186