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1843 JARDINE Classic on AMPHIBIOUS CARNIVORA ANIMALS Volume XI cover, title page Vol.XXV
FranÃ§ois PÃ©ron (1775 – 1810) was a French naturalist and explorer. In 1801 PÃ©ron travelled to Australia as a naturalist on the expedition of Nicolas Baudin. With the artist Charles Alexandre Lesueur he took over the duties as naturalist after the death of the expeditions zoologist MaugÃ© de Cely. Together they collected over 100,000 zoological specimens.
PÃ©ron and Lesueur returned to Paris in 1804 and began publishing their findings in Voyage de dÃ©couvertes aux Terres Australes, the first volume of which was published in 1807. PÃ©ron also worked on a journal entitled MÃ©moire sur les Ã©stablissements anglais Ã la Nouvelle Hollande. He died of tuberculosis before publication of the second volume of Voyage….28 colured PLATES Seals, Walrus, Sea Lions, Sea Monsters 7 x 4.5 inches.
Illustrated with 31 plates (of which 28 are in fine contemporary hand colour), a portrait of Peron and a vignette to the title. Fine original red stamped cloth. Gilt lettering. Published as part of the The Naturalists Library
The plates are all masterfully engraved by William Lazars who used steel, rather than copper plates, to preserve the fine detail on the small-format pages. A very rare 1st edition in quality original red cloth.