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CUVIER, Georges, & Georges-Louis Leclerc, comte de Buffon.

La Voliere de la Jeunesse,

ou, Cours complet d'Etude sur l'historie naturelle de l'Oiseaux, Classes selon la Méthode de M. Cuvier avec la manière de les élever, de les nourrir, &c. Suivi d'un traité sur l'art de les empailler. Ouvrage rédigé d'après l'historie naturelle de Buffon …

Paris: Chez Chevalier, 1817 Stock Code: 136054
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First and only edition of this charming juvenile guide to the world's birds, based on the work of Cuvier and Buffon, attractively illustrated with a suite of lively and well-executed, if unsophisticated, plates. Uncommon, with just four sets located in an online search of institutional holdings: no copies traced in the UK, just one in the US. This copy is without the index leaves present in the BnF copies or the summary of taxidermy noted only by the University of Florida. Neither of these additions appear ever to have been bound into the present set.

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2 volumes, duodecimo (160 x 98 mm). Contemporary red morocco-textured paper spine and tips, brown streaked paper boards, title gilt to the spines, volume numbers within olive wreaths.


Fully engraved title pages with vignettes, and 64 engraved plates, all but 4 folding.


Contemporary ownership inscriptions of "Chs. Fz. Ls. Marthe, Juillet - 1825" to the front free endpapers, neatly inked plate location corrections in a contemporary hand throughout the text. A little rubbed, minor chipping head and tail of the spine, light browning throughout, a little stronger at the page and plate edges, minor splits to folds of a number of plates, but overall a very well-preserved copy in original contemporary condition, genuinely elegant, if a little used.


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