Paris: Debure Pere, 1767. First French edition. Hardcover. Large quarto (11 3/4 x 9"). xii, , 464pp (Text), 31 leaves (Plates). Contemporary full tree calf, with gold lettering and ruling to spine. Raised bands. Dentelles. Marbled endpapers. Engraved frontispiece. Title page in red and black lettering.
This splendidly produced work is the first French edition of the ornithological portions of Ray's "Synopsis methodica avium & piscium" originally published in London in 1713.
This edition is greatly augmented by François Salerne with his own observations and others taken from Belon, Aldrovanus, Willoughby, Gesner and Linnaeus. "The whole constitutes a work on ornithology of considerable value, furnishing a description of many species of birds, their habits, physical characters, vulgar names," (Wood) and other information. For more information, see: Anker 414; Cottrell 16l; Fine Birds Books (1990) p. 133; Keynes Ray 106; Nissen IVB 757; Nissen SVB 397; Ronsil 2683; Thiébaud 823.
This first French edition is complete with its 31 plates drawn and engraved by François-Nicolas Martinet.
Binding rubbed. Closed tears along joints. Front board started. Minor and sporadic foxing and offsetting throughout. Text in French. Binding in overall fair, interior in good+ to very good, plates in very good condition. f to vg. Item #45399