DUBOIS, C.F. & DUBOIS, A. (Fils).

Les Oiseaux de l'Europe.

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Bruxelles, Leipzig, Gand, C. Muquardt, 1868-1872. 2 volumes. Royal-8vo (18 x 27cm.). With 1 photo-frontispiece of C.F. Dubois and 321 handcoloured lithographed plates. Contemporary red morocco, spines with 5 raised bands, gilt lettering.

The birds are figured in front of lovely landscapes or verdure

A scarce ornithological publication issued in a small edition. It supplements the elder Dubois's 'Oiseaux de la Belgique' by providing figures and descriptions of European birds not found in Belgium. C.F. Dubois died in 1867 leaving his son Alphonse Dubois, the junior author, to complete the work. The present copy has 2 more plates than called for by the bibliographies and is in accordance with the Ellis copy. The excellent plates which are beautifully handcoloured are after drawings by father and son Dubois. 279 depict birds, the others eggs. The birds are figured in front of lovely landscapes or verdure. Apart from some very slight foxing an attractive copy of this scarce work.

Provenance: Bookplate of H. Bradley Martin, and armorial bookplate of George Charles Bright.

Nissen IVB, 276; Fine Bird Books 73.