(TAXIDERMY). MANESSE, Denis-Joseph, abbé. ~ Traité sur la manière d’empailler et de conserver les animaux, les pelleteries et les laines. Paris: Guillot, 1787.
8vo (184 × 105 mm), pp. xvi, 193, . Uncut and loosely stitched without wrappers/binding. A few corners turned down, first and last leaf a little creased but an unsophisticated copy probably never bound.
First edition, scarce. Taxidermy was at the heart of most natural history cabinets and museums before the modern era, but there are relatively few treatises devoted to this art. Manesse’s was one of only a handful of treatises available to French naturalists dealing with the vast influx of animals and birds sent to Paris for study from all over the world. He proposed a type of tanning of the skins of carcasses to facilitate their long-term preservation.