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Because of its historical value Descourtilz' original text was added to this edition as a supplement Zwemmer, Jean-Theodore produced the plates which illustrate this tome.


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He seems to have been well travelled with evidence of being in Haiti aged 3 and in the Antilles by in order to make the illustrations for his father' s book. Jean-Theodore seems to have arrived in Brazil around and in had presented a manuscript on hummingbirds to the National Museum in Rio de Janeiro.

There appears to have been no title page or text in the published edition, however the copy held by the Natural History Museum has handwritten title page and a page of text for each illustrated species. It is notable that Descourtilz illustrated the birds on appropriate food plants and captured detailed information on habits, customs, behaviour and habitat as well as the usual dates and location.

This book is one of the rarest tomes of birds of the Americas. The Sotheby' s sale catalogue for the H. At this time I can state there is a copy in the Natural History Museum from the Rothschild Collection and the Teyler Foundation copy was used to produce a facsimile edition Pageantry of Tropical Birds. However I have been unable to confirm that copies are held by the British Library or the Library of Congress, and have no knowledge of the whereabouts of the H. Bradley Martin copy.

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Auction Info. Paris: ]. First edition of the rarest bird book relating to the Americas. Large folio 18 x Complete with sixty fine hand-colored lithographed plates, most heightened with gum arabic, after J.

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Descourtilz by Callier. Bound without title-page, and without text as issued. Binding rubbed and worn; boards detached; loss of a piece of roan at foot of spine, and a smaller piece at head of spine; small areas of surface loss to marbled paper covering boards and to roan at corners, joints, and spine.

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Make no mistake that Descourtilz was a prisoner of Dessalines. He did manage to escape during a battle. It is General Pierre Thouvenot who enabled him to find a safe passage back to France to preserve his artistic works. It was just as the canon announced the departure of the ship, La Torche, that the port was set ablaze, engulfing much of his works of art and natural history.

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He remained in France as a physician, writer and active member of many scientific communities, serving as the President of the Linnean Society of Paris. An interesting passage that summarizes the Haitian period from the Flore introduction is translated and posted on the CTG Publishing website. Read more Read less. Each day we unveil a new book deal at a specially discounted price - for that day only.

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