Flamen, Albert (1620-1692) – Livre d’oyseaux, dedie a Messire Gilles Foucquet. (Paris) c. 1650.Oblong 4to (19,5 x 31 cm). Engraved title and 11 plates.

Very rare complete series of accurate studies of birds enhanced by attractive landscape backgrounds, some of which anticipate Bewick in the detail and evident love of the countryside.

Albert Flamen was a Flemish engraver, painter, and tapestry designer. He was active in Paris, where he worked mainly as an illustrator on numerous publications. Flamen’s best-known prints are his French landscape etchings and his studies of fish and of birds. He also engraved the illustrations for a number of emblem books. Most of his works were created in series published in small oblong books, typically consisting of 12 prints. The influence of Jacques Callot is cleary discernible.

Lit.: Robert-Dumesnil V, 402–413; Nissen, Vogel Bücher, 320 (wrong number of plates); Berlin Kat. 4387.