BRINCKEN, Baron de.
Mémoire descriptif sur la forêt impériale de Bialowieza, en Lithuanie.
Varsovie, N. Glücksberg, 1828. 4to. pp. (8), 127, with an engraved frontispiece, 3 engraved platesand a double-page engraved map. Contemporary morocco, sides with gilt and blind pressed borders, central gilt coat of armes of viscount Edmond de Poncins, inside dentelles, top edges gilt.
A beautifully bound copy by Thierry of this rare work dedicated to 'sa Majesté Impériale et RoyaleNicolas Ier, Empereur de toutes les Russies, Roi de Pologne'. The work describes the European bisons (wisent) living in the imperial forest of Bialowieza. The last European bisons became extinct in Bialowieza forest in 1919. The species was reintroduced there in 1929 and at present a herd of over 250 specimens are living in the wild in the Polish part of the Bialowieza forest. In the 19th century the forest became the hunting place for the Russian tsars. The frontispiece shows a 'Vue de Bialowieza', the other three plates show 'Le Bison de Lithuanie', 'Lélan', and 'Train de Chasse'. Baron de Brincken was director of the Polish forests. Provenance: Coat of arms of viscount Edmond de Poncins, author of a number of works on hunting. Schwerdt I, p. 82; Thiébaud, 132.
Item nr. 7430
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