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Buffon, G. L. L. Comte De"
Histoire naturelle, generale et particuliere, avec la description du cabinet du roi. I-Xv. [Theorie de la Terre, Histoire des animaux, Histoire naturelle de l'homme, quadrupedes]."
Paris, l'Imprimerie Royale, 1749-1767. 15 Parts in 15. 4to (25.3 x 19.3 cm). Title pages with allegorical engraved vignettes, numerous engraved head and tail pieces. 6496 pp.; 587 engraved plates, one large, folded chart, and two folded maps. Uniform contemporary full tree calf. Spines with five raised bands, rich gilt compartments with floral vignettes, two morocco labels with gilt titles. Marbled endpapers. Edges red. The complete first 15 volumes, first 4to edition (Pmm edition) of this large and important series on natural history by Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon (1707-1788). Together they form a coherent segment of the whole work, namely the origin of the world, the history of life, the natural history of Man, and that of the other terrestrial mammals, including domestic animals, apes and monkeys, cats, dogs, deer, pachyderms, rodents, etc., etc. Other parts, not included here, deal with birds, fish, whales, amphibians and reptiles, and with the minerals. The work never reached the stage where all the animals, including the invertebrates, were dealth with. This only happened in the 19th century when the so-called Suites de Buffon were published by other French zoologists. However, the mammals treated are described in-depth, and well-illustrated by De Seve, one of the best natural history illustrators of the 18th century. Plate numbering of 13 erratic; one shield abraded. Some rubbing to to the boards and spines, several sections a bit spotted or age-toned, margins of a few volumes with some dampstaining, a few old, marginal repairs, but generally clean, the pl … [Click Below for Full Description]
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