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Fine Books, Manuscripts and Works on Paper

Thursday 29th November 2018: 1:00pm GMT

Buffon (10 vol.)

Lot 322

Buffon (G.L.M.L., Comte de) Histoire Naturelle des Oiseaux, 10 vol., large paper copy, 973 hand-coloured engraved plates drawn and engraved by Franz Nicolaus Martinet, Paris, 1770-86.

 

Estimate: £70,000 - 90,000

Hammer Price: Unsold

Full Lot Details

Buffon (G.L.M.L., Comte de) Histoire Naturelle des Oiseaux, 10 vol., large paper copy, 973 hand-coloured engraved plates drawn and engraved by Franz Nicolaus Martinet, tissue guards, lacking 35 plates of insects as usual, fine early nineteenth century half green morocco by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, seven spine compartments, gilt tooling and lettering, folio, [Nissen IVB 158; Wood p.267; Zimmer pp.104-106], Paris, 1770-86.

A magnificent set of this monumental and highly important ornithological work in the most sumptuous, large paper issue.

The plates were drawn and engraved by Martinet under the supervision of Dauberton. They were originally meant to illustrate one section of Buffon's huge Histoire Naturelle Générale, but the idea was abandoned due to the limited number of impressions. Instead Buffon prepared the 10 volume edition of ornithology to accompany the splendid coloured plates. The work was issued in four formats, with this being the most sumptuous. In the course of its production, over 80 artists and assistants were employed. An additional 35 plates depicting animals, reptiles, insects and corals were produced at the same time, but they are not mentioned in the body of the text; it is common to find most sets without them (as in this set).

Full Lot Details

Buffon (G.L.M.L., Comte de) Histoire Naturelle des Oiseaux, 10 vol., large paper copy, 973 hand-coloured engraved plates drawn and engraved by Franz Nicolaus Martinet, tissue guards, lacking 35 plates of insects as usual, fine early nineteenth century half green morocco by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, seven spine compartments, gilt tooling and lettering, folio, [Nissen IVB 158; Wood p.267; Zimmer pp.104-106], Paris, 1770-86.

A magnificent set of this monumental and highly important ornithological work in the most sumptuous, large paper issue.

The plates were drawn and engraved by Martinet under the supervision of Dauberton. They were originally meant to illustrate one section of Buffon's huge Histoire Naturelle Générale, but the idea was abandoned due to the limited number of impressions. Instead Buffon prepared the 10 volume edition of ornithology to accompany the splendid coloured plates. The work was issued in four formats, with this being the most sumptuous. In the course of its production, over 80 artists and assistants were employed. An additional 35 plates depicting animals, reptiles, insects and corals were produced at the same time, but they are not mentioned in the body of the text; it is common to find most sets without them (as in this set).