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    Rare French Edition of the First Two Parts of Johann Michael Seligmann's Combined Version of George Edwards's and Mark Catesby's Bird Plates

    [Johann Michael Seligmann]. Recueil de divers oiseaux etrangers et peu communs qui se trouvent dans les ouvrages de messieurs Edwards et Catesby representés en taille douce et exactement coloriés par Jean Michel Seligmann. Prémiere [-Seconde] Partie. Nuremberg: Chez les Heritiers de Seligmann, 1768.
    Parts I and II (of nine) of the first French translation of Johannn Michael Seligmann's combined version of Edwards's Natural History of Uncommon Birds (1743-1751) and Gleanings of Natural History (1758-1764) and Mark Catesby's Natural History of Carolina, Florida, and the Bahama Islands (1729-1747), first published in German, translated and edited by Georg Leonhard Huth, in nine parts with 473 hand-colored engravings, between 1749 and 1776 as Sammlung verschiedener ausländischer und seltener Vögel. Two large folio volumes (16.125 x 10 inches; 410 x 254 mm.). [14], 25 [i.e. 52]; [2, title], 1-2, 5-56 pages (numbers 3 and 4 omitted in pagination). Pages 5/6 trimmed along lower border. In Part I, pages 38 and 52 are misnumbered 83 and 25; in Part II, page 52 is misnumbered 42. Text in French; plate captions in German, French, and Latin. Part I with added engraved allegorical title by J. M. Seligmann after J. J. Preisler (with title in German: "Catesby und Edwards Sammlung seltener Vögel. Tom. I."); Part II with added engraved allegorical title by and after J. M. Seligmann (with title in German: "Catesbii und Edwards Saml. seltener Vögel. Tom. II"); engraved title vignette by J. M. Seligmann; and 102 fine hand-colored engraved plates by J. M. Seligmann after George Edwards and Mark Catesby. Plates heightened with gum arabic. Decorative woodcut tail-piece vignettes.
    Contemporary green straight-grain morocco. Covers with decorative gilt border; smooth spines elaborately tooled in gilt in compartments with burgundy calf labels decoratively tooled and lettered in gilt; turn-ins decoratively tooled in gilt; board edges ruled in gilt; all edges gilt; marbled endpapers. Binding lightly rubbed. A few small stains or ink smudges. Small edge tear to plate 50 (in Volume I). Small hole (paper flaw) in outer blank margin of E1 (pages 17/18). A beautiful copy, with stunning plates.
    "In 1749-76, there was published in Nuremberg a German translation by G. L. Huth, of Edwards's 'A Natural History of Uncommon Birds' and 'Gleanings of Natural History' and Catesby's 'Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands,' combined into one work under the title of 'Sammlung verschiedenen [sic] ausländischer und seltener Vögel.' This was published in nine parts. The plates of Edwards and Catesby were re-engraved by [Johann Michael Seligmann, 1720-1762] and some of those by Edwards further embellished by the addition of figures of plants not in the originals. The present work is a translation of the German work, into Dutch, by Houttuyn with Seligmann's plates. The text appears to follow Edwards and Catesby closely, with the addition of descriptions of the new botanical subjects; the plates are rather good copies of the originals (with the additions mentioned), differing from them somewhat in coloration" (Ayer/Zimmer, pages 200-201, describing the Dutch translation of the Sammlung verschiedener ausländischer und seltener Vögel).
    Copenhagen/Anker 463 (incomplete copy); Brunet V, column 271; Fine Bird Books, page 73; Nissen, IVB, 858.

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