He first worked as an illustrator recording specimens in the Empress Josephine's zoo. He went on to be a member of Napoleonic survey of Egypt, between 1798 and 1801, where his work culminated in numerous plates for the Le Description de l'Egypte. This Monograph On The Birds Of Paradise was published in parts and benefits from showing the subjects in their natural poses and being based on the author's personal observations of the birds in their natural habitat. Lesson described four new species, three of which he captured in New Guinea.The plates feature exotic and rare first edition Birds of Paradise artistically arranged "d'apres nature". The colors are vivid and fine. The condition of these prints is good, on contemporary creamy paper that is a soft aged white, with no foxing.
This plate measure approximately 5. Inches wide by 9 inches long. All our prints are authentic hand colored antique prints, and the Lemaire are about 200 years old & in remarkable condition. We describe all items as accurately as possible with any condition exceptions noted.
Please use your judgement to confirm our accuracy and take into consideration that unless otherwise stated, these items are used. Anker 296; BM(NH) III, p.
1096; Brunet III, 1017; Fine Bird Books (1990) p. 117; Nissen IVB 550; Ronsil p.