Exceptionally rare series of 17th century bird etchings

Le Roy, Henri (1579 – before 1669) – (Vogels / Owls and other birds). (Paris), Hermann Weyen, c.1665. Oblong 4to (19,5 x 31 cm). 6 numbered engraved plates.

Extremely rare complete series of bird engravings.

Each plate, numbered from I to VI, represent several birds in fantasy landscapes like owls, peasants, swans, waterfowls, storks, chickens, parrots and birds of prey. – Le Blanc mentioned a series of 14 bird engravings, which is most probably a different set. There exist at least one other series of bird engravings by Le Roy, which has two frieses of birds on each plate. Probably this is the set Le Blanc mentioned.

We could locate only one other complete set of this series (Rijksmuseum).

Lit.: Ornament prints in the Rijksmuseum II : The seventeenth century, deel 3, p. 274 (cat.nr. 12179-12184); see Le Blanc, Manuel, vol. II, p. 541; Thieme-B. XXIII, p. 116.

EUR 1.350,-