AUDEBERT, Jean Baptiste (1759-1800). Histoire naturelle des singes et des makis. Paris: Desray, An XIII [1799-1800].
2 volumes, folio (489 x 321 mm). 61 engraved plates printed in colors and finished by hand, 2 uncolored anatomical plates. (Some very minor spotting or soiling, minor dampstain to outer margin of a few plates.) Contemporary boards with modern rebacking and recornering, edges stained red (some light wear to boards).
FIRST EDITION OF THE FIRST MONOGRAPH DEVOTED TO THE DESCRIPTION OF PRIMATES. Audebert employed a new technique in the printing of the plates in which all of the colors were printed from one plate, substituting oil paint for gouache. The resulting plates depict the animals in their natural brilliance. Nissen ZBI 156; Wood p.206. A FRESH COPY.
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