BURTIN, FRANCOIS XAVIER DE. 1743-1818.
Oryctographie de Bruxelles ou Description des Fossiles. [Brussels]: the Author, 1784.
Folio (410 x 260 mm). 152,  pp. Engraved title by A. Pris after M. Speeckaert, 32 plates by A. Pris, J. Balconi, de la Rue and others, after Daveaux, M.J.Speeckaert, Balconi, and others, all printed in sepia and many finished by hand. Period green morocco gilt, spine elaborately gilt, inner gilt dentelles, a.e.g. Very faint waterstain at head of some text leaves near gutter, binding lightly rubbed.
FIRST EDITION. Burtin hunted for fossils, stones and petrified woods in the vicinity of Brussels, making several excavations including a hundred-foot-deep shaft. An extremely lavish production charting his discoveries, including several hitherto unknown species. Nissen ZBI 769.