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Whipple Library

Department of History and Philosophy of Science

Marie Jacques Philippe Mouton-Fontenille (1769-1837) is mostly known for promoting and translating the works of Linnaeus. His Traité élémentaire d'ornithologie contains five wonderful plates with drawings of beak and tail shapes, and legs and talons. There is a supplement section at the back of the book which describes the best way to stuff birds to make sure they keep their naturalistic shape. This section is also accompanied by plates showing examples of well stuffed birds, including the woodpecker.

This book comes from the Library of Henry Bradley Martin, who was a major American book collector. His library, which contained a vast amount of books on ornithology, was sold in 1989-1990 to much media attention.


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