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Illustrations De Zoologie (Complete with 60 Hand Coloured Stipple Engraved Plates) – Rene Primevere Lesson – Published progressively from 1831 to 1834 – Scotland’s Great Naturalist Sir William Jardine’s Copy

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Illustrations de Zoologie, ou recueil de figures d’aninaux peintes d’apres nature.

Published by Arthus Bertrand progressively between 1831-1834.

Complete. Originally published in twenty parts with three plates each giving sixty hand coloured stipple engraved plates in total. Bound in half calf in the 20thC, nicely done, top edge gilded, with original dark brown wrappers from the first and the last of the twenty parts bound in at the ends. General spotting of the text, the plates pretty clean and bright and beautifully executed.

Rene Primevere Lesson was born at Rochefort and joined the French Naval Medical school at sixteen. He served in the Napoleonic Wars. In 1816 he became described as a Naval pharmacist. He served on the Duperrey scientific expedition on board La Coquille round the World and in particular to the Pacific from 1822-1825. During that voyage he, along with Dumont d’Urvillle, collected natural history specimens … many were first specimens to the western world … and Lesson was the first to observe and take interest in the birds of paradise of New Guinea. On returning to Paris he focused his life on natural history, and this is one of the first publications he produced. To be followed by a works on the Birds of Paradise and an extension of Buffon’s Natural History and works relating to the Duperry expedition.

Sir William Jardine (1800-1874), 7th Baronet of Applegarth FRS, FRSE, FLS, FSA and Voyager Hero was the Scottish equivalent of Sir Joseph Banks sponsoring all things natural history. Perhaps best known for his backing and editorial effort in creating The Naturalist’s Library which ran to 41 volumes containing numerous hand coloured plates. He worked closely with his brother in law, William Home Lizars a talented engraver and printer in Edinburgh. The pair were to inspire Audubon to create his magnificent work on American Birds. It is interesting to note that the date of the work offered here coincides with the publication of Volume 1 of the Naturalist’s Library – Hummingbirds Part I.

Rare Natural History Plate Book – Lesson 1831– Complete – Distinguished Naturalist Sir William Jardine’s Copy


Price: $1,190.00

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