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Est: £1,200 GBP - £1,800 GBPSold:
Sotheby'sNovember 16, 2006London, United Kingdom

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''OEUVRE[S]''. [PARIS], 1767

4to (350 x 255mm.), manuscript title ''Oeuvre de Fessard'' within engraved border, 30 engraved plates of domestic animals by Fessard, including cats, dogs, horses, poultry, etc., later half morocco, uncut, last few plates somewhat browned, slight soiling at edges of a few, binding very slightly rubbed; sold as a collection of plates, not subject to return


Nissen, ZBI 1349 (with 36 plates); for Fessard see Portalis et Béraldi, Les graveurs du dix-huitième siècle, vol.2, p.152-153.


a rare collection of plates by claude fessard, intended to illustrate a new encyclopaedia planned by Michel Adanson, who had collaborated with Diderot and D'Alembert on the Encyclopédie, and to whom 4 of the plates are dedicated. Adanson's ambitious project presented to the Académie in 1775 never came to fruition although there is an important archive in the Museum d'Histoire Naturelle de Paris.

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Auction Details

Valuable Printed Books and Maps

November 16, 2006, 12:00 AM GMT

34-35 New Bond Street, London, LDN, W1A 2AA, UK