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Canary with deformity on its beak

[SCHULTZ, Ernst Christoph].
Portrait d'un monstrueux serin de Canarie, il est sorti de la partie inférieure de son bec une longue corne tortillée. Traduit de l'Allemand.
Hamburg, J.P.C. Reuss, [ca. 1780]. 4to. With a finely hand-coloured engraved plate. Original printed boards.
€ 1,500
Extremely rare French translation of Schultz's description of a canary, which he had seen in the collection of B. Vriends in Haarlem. This canary had a monstrous horn on its lower jaw. The work was dedicated to Comte de Buffon.
Rebacked. A good copy of a work describing an anomaly of nature.

Cobres I, p. 187; cf. Engelmann, p. 397 (original German edition); Poggendorf II, cols. 860-61; no copy of the original German edition or this French translation in Anker; BMC NH ; Bradley Martin coll.; Ripley; Ronsil; Trinity; Wood; Zimmer.
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