François Le Vaillant


François LeVaillant visited Africa personally to observe the habits and collect specimens of the birds of that continent. The result was his handsome six-volume Histoire naturelle des oiseaux d'Afrique (1799-1808). The combination of a detailed and interestingly written text with beautiful colored plates distinguishes this impressive work.

The copy displayed here is from the personal library of John James Audubon, given to Cornell by one of Audubon's direct descendants.

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