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I, Fig. 1). Besides the works already mentioned several others appeared in the course of the 17th century which contributed to throw light on the avifauna of foreign countries. , (London 1672, 8vo, and later edi- tions) by John Josselyn, who had explored the country between 1638 and 1671. Another work that may be mentioned is an account of a voyage in the Arctic regions, illustrated with 16 engravings, by Friedrich Martens. It is entitled 'Spitzbergische oder Groenlandische Reise Beschreibung gethan im Jahr 1671' (Hamburg 1675, 4to; facsimile edition Berlin 1923, large 8vo) , and was translated into several languages, but it mentions only a few forms of birds.

Folio), was the first to bear the title 'peintre ordinaire du Roi pour la miniature'. He founded the collection of paintings on parchment ('Collection des velins') of natural objects, mainly animals and plants, especially the latter, now in the library of the Natural History Museum of Paris. This fine collection now comprises 6500 paintings, and at the close of the 17th century it already contained nearly 300 pictures of birds, but additions are not made to it now. A number of noted painters of natural history subjects attached to the museum have contributed specimens to it during the course of time (682-685).

This was the case also with the deer parks which, at the time of the Renaissance, belonged to the courts of several wealthy Italian princes (792). Even though the abovementioned collections did not as a rule serve any practical purpose, they still helped to arouse an interest in animal life. Occasionally the animals served as models for artists, as for instance the birds in the famous 'Menagerie Royalle du Parc de Versailles', founded by Louis XIV, which were painted by Nicolas Robert. Some of the pictures were published in 1676, and re-issued in 1773-74, together with the above-mentioned work by Johnstone (238).

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