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Published by the South African Library of Parliament in 1973 in a limited edition of 2500 copies, of which this is #1964.

As well as the watercolours these volumes contain articles on aspects of Le Vaillant's life and work.

From Wikipedia:

"François Levaillant (later in life as Le Vaillant, "The Valiant") (1753 – 1824) was a French author, explorer, naturalist, zoological collector, and noted ornithologist. He described many new species of birds based on collection he made in Africa and several birds are named after him. He was among the first to use colour plates for illustrating birds and opposed the use of binomial nomenclature introduced by Linnaeus, preferring instead to use descriptive French names such as the bateleur (meaning "tight-rope walker") for the distinctive African eagle... Le Vaillant was among the first to consider the use of coloured plates of birds in his descriptions. He mounted his bird specimens in lifelike positions and the illustrators showed them in near realistic poses. He ensured that the fiscal shrike was shown along with an insect impaled on thorn. His descriptions of bird behaviour were also considered to be pioneering, and he was the first to use musical annotation to describe bird song..."

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Two hardback volumes 1973.

Over 500 pages in the two volumes, including 165 full-colour reproductions of Le Vaillant's water-colours.

The cost of shipping is:

* North Island - $8.95 (tracked mail)

* North Island rural delivery (RD) $11.95

* South Island - $13.95 (tracked mail)

* South Island rural delivery (RD) $16.95

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect these books from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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