In 2016, the market began the inevitable move upwards with the number of significant documents coming to market.
This is a separate document to our six part series exploring the most valuable scientific documents and manuscripts ever sold at auction. The introduction to the scientific documents marketplace is the first part of that series, and separate articles cover numbers #50-41, numbers #40-31, numbers #30-21, numbers #20-11 and the top 10.
A deluxe first edition of the master ornithological work Histoire Naturelle Des Oiseaux, published between 1771 and 1786, bound in 15 volumes with 1008 engraved and hand-colored plates. The plates were originally intended to illustrate the ornithological section of the Comte de Buffon's massive Histoire Naturelle Générale, but became a special edition in their own right.