Naturgeschichte der Vögel [Vierter Band].
8vo. 378, (6) pp. With 25 (instead of 24!) numbered engraved plates, all in original hand colour. Contemporary full calf with giltstamped title label to gilt spine.
Volume 4 only of the extensive collection on the natural history of birds, originally composed by the French natural scientist Georges Louis de Buffon (1707-88), translated by Friedrich Heinrich Wilhelm Martini and Bernhard Christian Otto. The present copy is part of the 23-volume edition published in Brno and Troppau from 1786 until 1789, being the second edition in German. Covering more than 30 different species of bustards, chickens and fowl, many of them displayed colourfully, this volume can be considered a prominent work of 18th century zoology. Published under the original title "Histoire naturelle des oiseaux", a subtitle of his "Histoire naturelle, générale et particulière", which was translated into many languages, this monumental work made Buffon one of the most widely read authors of his time. Includes the 24 engraved plates, plus one additional plate originating from volume 8.
Spine insignificantly rubbed, spine-ends scuffed. Subtitle erased from title-page. Significant paper flaws to pp. 27f and 96 with substantial text loss; a small hole in pp. 93f. A few pages a little wrinkled, somewhat browned and brownstained throughout. From the library of the Viennese collector Werner Habel, with his ownership stamp to flyleaf.
VD 18, 80112099. Nissen 713. Cf. Nissen, IVB 159 (1772-1809 Berlin ed.). Kayser I, 381 (1772-1829 Berlin ed.). Graesse I, 568 (1772-1810 Berlin ed.). Fromm I, 361 (1772-1829 Berlin ed.).