Circa 1801 CASTEL 16 complete volume set on BIRDS 129 fine hand colored plates First Edition


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1801 CASTEL 16 vol set on BIRDS Cplt 129 fine handcol prints

Histoire naturelle des oiseaux.

CASTEL (René-Richard).

Histoire naturelle des oiseaux classés par ordres, genres et espèces, d'après le système de Linné, avec les caractères génériques et la nomenclature linnéenne.

Paris, Deterville, An IX 1802.

16 volumes. 13.2 x 9 cm. COMPLETE

Illustrated with 129 delicate hand coloured plates. COMPLETE.

Original boards with gilt lettering to spine.



Hand coloured with equisite detail.

The drawings of the birds were engraved by 18th century artists Delvaux, Devisse, Jourdan, Le Villain, Mondet, Miger, Pierron, Racine and Tardieu.

COLLATION: pp. 319; pp. 326; pp. 319; pp. 309; pp. 313; pp. 307; pp. 319; pp. 319; pp. 305; pp. 323; pp. 311; pp. 328; pp. 418; pp. 410; pp. 360; pp. 339.

Bindings rubbed and with some staining to boards and wear to edges. Overall a very good example of a scarce work.

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