18th century, Original antique, Hand colored , Copper Engravings Le Pluvier a Collier Natural history 3 prints


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A set of three of copperplate-engraved, hand-colored bird prints, published circa 1760, in Paris. The prints appeared in a well-known book, ¨Histoire Naturelle, Generale, et Particuliere, avec la Description du Cabinet du Roi¨, by the renowned naturalist Comte de Buffon.

The three prints include:

Le Pluvier a Collier (Ring-necked Plover)
Le Lagopede (Ptarmigan or Grouse)
Le Merle D´Eau (Water Bird)

Condition is VG, nice bright color. Light age-toning to the antique laid paper. One or two very small spots of foxing, one or two unobtrusive smudges. A little wrinkling to Plover and Water Bird. Residue of matting hinges on verso. Sheet size approx 10" x 7.5¨, image areas approx 7.5¨ x 6¨.

Verso is blank,

Condition. Please view scanned images, Imperfection can be expected due to it's age. Original, no reprint or copy. No cuts or damage. Some small stains possible on the borders.

About Buffon : Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon, was a French naturalist, mathematician, biologist, cosmologist and author. Buffon's views influenced the next two generations of naturalists, including Jean-Baptiste Lamarck and Charles Darwin. Darwin himself, in his foreword to the 6th edition of The Origin of Species, credited Aristotle with foreshadowing the concept of natural selection but also stated that "the first author who in modern times has treated it in a scientific spirit was Buffon".

Buffon is best remembered for his great work Histoire naturelle, générale et particulière (1749-1778: in 36 volumes, 8 additional volumes published after his death by Lacépède). It included everything known about the natural world up until that date.

Rarity : Extremely Rare and becoming hard to find.

Shipping : I take huge pride in packing since it is a delicate and important part . This print will come in an acid free backing board as well as in an acid free sleeve.

Authenticity : All our prints are guaranteed to be an original. If you like us to include a copy of book cover will be happy to.

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