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. (Image size: 8 1/2 x 6 7/8’’)
“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).
Completed in Paris, c. 1770-86.