LESSON, R.P.

Histoire Naturelle des Oiseaux-Mouches, ouvrage orné de planches dessinées et gravées par les meilleurs artistes.

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Paris, A. Bernard, (1829-30). 8vo (240 x152mm). pp. xlvi, 223, with 86 very fine hand-coloured engraved plates. Loose sheets in contemporary cloth portfolio, gilt lettering on spine, uncut.

Most of the excellent plates are by Prêtre and Bévalet, the best French natural history artists of the period

"This is Lesson's first work on humming-birds. It was succeeded by two others, - 'Histoire naturelles des colibris', 1830-32, and 'Les Trochilidées, 1832-33. It appeared in different issues and was published in 17 livraisons, the last seven appeared in 1830. The text opens (pp. ix-xlvi) with descriptions in systematic order of the species figured, while the remainder of the volume 'Histoire naturelle des oiseaux-mouches', contains a general account of the group as a whole and of the species figured" (Anker 291). Most of the excellent plates are by Prêtre and Bévalet, the best French natural history artists of the period. The birds described are from tropical Central and South America.

Nissen IVB, 547.