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    [Mathurin Jacques] Brisson. Ornithologie ou Methode Contenant la Division des Oiseaux en Ordres, Sections, Genres, Especes & Leurs Varietes. Paris: Jean-Baptiste Bauche, 1760. First edition. Six volumes, with dual title-pages in French and Latin with parallel text in French and Latin, engraved woodcut head-and tailpieces and initials. Quarto (10 x 7.5 inches; 254 x 191 mm). [i-vii], viii-xxiv, 526, [i], ii-ix, [x-xi], xii-xviii, [xix], xx-lxxiii, [lxxxiv-lxxxvi]; 516, [i], ii-xx, [xxi], xxii-lxvii; 734, [i], ii-xci; 576, [i], ii-liv; 544, [i], ii-xvi, [xvii], xviii-lv; 543, [i], ii-xvi, [xvii], xviii-lxv, 146 [supplement], [i], ii-xxii pages. Illustrated with 261 folding engraved plates by Fran├žois-Nicolas Martinet (plates in Vol. 2 are out of numerical order). Bound in half calf with paper boards, with marbled endpapers. Binding a little rubbed. Very good. Considered the most important French ornithological work of the eighteenth century. Zimmer, p. 94; Nissen IVB 145.

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