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1. Oiseau-Mouche huppe, de Cayenne. 2. Oiseau-Mouche a gorge doree, du Bresil. 3. Oiseau-Mouche a gorge verte, de Cayenne.

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Francois Nicolas Martinet's magnificently engraved and splendidly colored hummingbirds plate from the Comte de Buffon's Histoire Naturelle des Oiseaux, one of the most important and comprehensive late 18th-century French ornithological works. The three featured birds are the Tufted Hummingbird of Cayenne, the Golden-Throated Hummingbird of Brasil, and the Green-Throated Hummingbird of Cayenne.
Item Number: FF2509
Cartographer: Martinet / Buffon
Place & Date: Paris / 1770 / 1786
Size: 7" x 9 1/8" (image); 12 3/4" x 18 1/2" (overall sheet)
Condition: full wash color; a beautifully preserved exemplar
Price: SOLD