A fine trompe-l'oeil of a Eurasian teal

Traviès, E.

La vénerie. Souvenir de chasses. La sarcelle d'hiver. [Plate 15].

Published [1854]
Item ID 73491
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Paris, Berrieux, [1854]. Large Folio (64.1 x 50.0 cm). Single sheet with finely engraved and originally hand-coloured illustration.

A fine, accurate, detailed, trompe-l'oeil plate showing game fowl, and in particular an Eurasian teal ( Anas creccaLinnaeus), which was widely shot and eaten in 19th-century France, where it is a migratory bird. Édouard Traviès de Villers (1809-1876)was one the best natural history illustrators of his time. He worked for George Cuvier, Alcide d'Orbigny and other zoologists, and published several ornithological works himself. Edges a bit spotted and creased, two small reinforcements at the top margin, otherwise a very good copy. Ronsil, 2953 (p. 475).

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