Alphabet de L'Histoire des Animaux, orné de 27 gravures. ALPHABET.
Alphabet de L'Histoire des Animaux, orné de 27 gravures.
Alphabet de L'Histoire des Animaux, orné de 27 gravures.
Alphabet de L'Histoire des Animaux, orné de 27 gravures.

Alphabet de l'Histoire des Animaux, orné de 27 gravures.
Alphabet de L'Histoire des Animaux, orné de 27 gravures.

Paris: Brianchon Libraire, circa 1820.

Octavo, 6 pp., handcoloured engravings throughout; in original pictorial wrappers.

French menagerie, with kangaroo after Stubbs

Very early fully engraved Abecedaire for children containing a quaint illustration of the kangaroo derived from the classic image by George Stubbs. The rear cover has a particularly good depiction of the Creation (Adam is sporting particularly handsome side-burns), but the front is the more interesting image, with a view of the Ménagerie du Jardin du Roi in Paris. The Jardin du Roi was built in the seventeenth century, and was opened to a wide range of visitors by Louis XIV and the great natural historian Buffon was appointed director in 1739. In the 1790s, the garden became the Jardin des Plantes under the direction of Cuvier, and a famous repository of antipodean species.

Very early fully engraved Abecedaire for children containing a quaint illustration of the kangaroo derived from the classic image by George Stubbs. The rear cover has a particularly good depiction of the Creation (Adam is sporting particularly handsome side-burns), but the front is the more interesting image, with a view of the Ménagerie du Jardin du Roi in Paris. The Jardin du Roi was built in the seventeenth century, and was opened to a wide range of visitors by Louis XIV and the great natural historian Buffon was appointed director in 1739. In the 1790s, the garden became the Jardin des Plantes under the direction of Cuvier, and a famous repository of antipodean species.

This scarce title is not held in Australian institutional collections, nor is it recorded in the Gumuchian catalogue.

Price (AUD): $1,250.00  other currencies     Ref: #3402089

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