RAY, John (1628-1705); and François SALERNE (1705-1760)
L'Histoire Naturelle éclaircie dans une de ses parties principales l'ornithologie, qui traite des oiseaux de terre, de mer et de riviere
Paris: Debure Pere, 1767. Quarto. (11 1/4 x 8 1/2 inches). Half-title. xii, , 464pp. 31 engraved plates, engraved by and after Martinet, including the allegorical frontispiece.
Contemporary mottled calf, covers bordered in blind, spine with raised bands in six compartments, red morocco lettering piece in the second, the others with a repeat decoration in gilt.
The first French edition of the ornithological portions of Ray's Synopsis methodica avium & piscium (London, 1713).
A translation of John Ray's posthumous work in Latin, Synopsis Avium (1713), this edition greatly augmented by François Salerne with his own observations and others taken from Belon, Aldrovanus, Willughby, 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. Of further note are the illustrations, engraved by and after Martinet.
Anker 414; Cottrell 16l; Fine Birds Books (1990) p. 133; Keynes Ray 106; Nissen IVB 757; Nissen SVB 397; Ronsil 2683; Thiébaud 823.