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The avifauna of Dauphiné, with 72 lithographed plates

BOUTEILLE, Hippolyte and M. de LABATIE.
Ornithologie du Dauphiné ou description des oiseaux observés dans les départements de l'Isère, de la Drome, des Hautes-Alpes et les contrées voisines.
Grenoble, for the author and "les principaux libraires de la ville", by F. Allier, 1843[-1844]. 2 volumes. 8vo. With 72 lithographed plates by C. Pégeron after Victor Desirée Cassien, and a large folding table. Contemporary half sheepskin, gold-tooled spine. 416; 358, [2 blank] pp.
€ 900
First and only edition of a descriptive and systematic account of the avifauna of Dauphiné, a former province in south-eastern France. This work by Hippoloyte Bouteille (1804-1881), a French ornithologist, pharmacist and conservator of the museum of natural history at Grenoble, and the otherwise unknown M. de Labatie, contains splendid illustrations of more than 300 species after drawings by the Grenoble artist Victor Desirée Cassien and is described by Ronsil as "une des plus intéressants parmi les faunes locales".
Some foxing, especially on the leaves protecting the plates. Bindings worn along the extremities, head and foot of the spine slightly damaged and some of the gold-tooling has been rubbed off. Overall in good condition. Nissen, IVB 127; Ronsil 361; Wood, p. 252; Zimmer, pp. 84-85; for Cassien: Thieme & Becker VI, p. 128.
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