Georges-Louis Leclerc, comte de Buffon | Histoire naturelle, générale et particuliere... nouvelle edition, 1798-1802, 128 vols, tree calf gilt
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George-Louis Leclerc, comte de Buffon
Histoire naturelle, générale et particuliere… nouvelle edition. Paris: J. Dufart, An. VII-X [1798-1802]
128 volumes, comprising: Théorie de la terre: 3 vols; Époques de la nature: 1 vol.; Minéraux: 12 vols; Animaux: 1 vol; Des animaux: l'homme: 4 vols; Quadrupeds: 13 vols; Des singes: 2 vols; Des oiseaux: 28 vols; Des poissons: 13 vols; Cetacées: 1 vol.; Reptiles: 8 vols; Molluscs: 6 vols; Des crustacés et des insects: 14 vols; Plantes: 18 vols; Tables analytiques et raisonnées: 3 vols; Du Genre Humain: 1 vol.; 8vo (198 x 119mm.), engraved frontispiece portraits in plain and hand-coloured states in vol.1, engraved plates in plain and coloured states in each volume (hand-coloured in early vols, printed in colour in later vols), contemporary brown tree calf, red and black morocco labels to spines, covers and spines gilt-tooled, gilt edges, marbled endpapers, inner dentelles, original silk ties, some light spotting, extremities slightly rubbed
This encyclopedic collection, continued in part after the comte de Buffon's death, covers all the contemporary known "natural sciences". It is the primary work for which the comte de Buffon (1707-1788) is remembered, the project dominating most of his professional life. As the title suggests, the information is presented in both general overviews and specific case studies of individual specimens. This later edition was subject to improvements made by Bernard Germain de Lacépède (1756-1825), who continued the encyclopedia after the comte de Buffon's death.
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