Buffon, [G. L. L. de], Naturgeschichte der Vögel. 15 vols. (of 37). With 8 colored engr. fronstispieces (of 15), 15 colored engr. title vignettes by D. Chodowiecki (rep.) and 555 colored copper plates (of 575). Berlin, J. Pauli 1772-90. Later boards with color label. 8vo.
Nissen, Vogelb. 159. - Anker 78. - Wood S. 268. - Fromm 4272. - First German edition. - At hand are vols. I, II, IV-XI and XIII-XVII. - Translated from French as well as increased by F. H. W. Martini (as of vol. VII: B. C. Otto). - Copy on better paper (cf. Anker). - "One of the most valuable of the many editions of this remarkable work .. The illustrations in the present edition are drawn from several sources, but most of them are prints from the plates of the original French treatise." (Wood). - Size of bindings slightly varying, however, uniformly bound. - Vol. X missing pages 273-74. - Foxed in places and somewhat browned, 1 quire detached, few ll. browned, endpaper stamped.