France: 18–19th century. 19 drawings in pencil (one double page, that is in ink) on tracing paper in passepartout, lettered in ink. In contemporary blue paper. Most of the plates are separated with crêpe paper. 20 plates. One plate damaged, a figure is cut. Crêpe paper leaves are also damaged. Tanning and foxing throughout. Artistically restored. Overall in good condition.
Unique collection of drawings of 82 birds on 20 plates by unknown hand. Copied from the “Encyclopédie” (1751–1772) edited by Diderot and d’Alembert. The images taken from the sixth volume, “Histoire Naturelle” published in 1768. The original engravings were made by Robert Bernard after François Nicolas Martinet.