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- Paris, Panckoucke/ H. Agasse/ Veuve Agasse, 1789-(1832). 7 text volumes & 1 atlas. 4to (260 x 205mm). pp. (4), ccclxxiii, 331; (4), 793; (4), 704; (4), 827; (4), 722; (4), 828; (4), 832, (1); (6), 142, 38, (1), with 398 engraved plates. Contemporary black half calf, gilt ornamented spines with gilt lettering, marbled sides, spine of the atlas volume bound to match at a later date. An attractive and complete set of the entomology section of the famous 'Encyclopédie Méthodique'. The 'Discours préliminaire.' in the first volume is by P.J. Mauduyt. The remaining of the first volume and volumes 2-5 are by the well-known entomologist G.A. Olivier, volume 6 is by P.A. Latreille and J.B. Godart, the final text volume is by Latreille, Le Peletier de Saint-Fargeau, Serville and Guérin, the text belonging to the atlas volume is by Latreille. The 'Encyclopédie Méthodique' is one of the major scientific publication achievements of all time. A complete set of the entomology section with contributions by the most famous entomologists of the time is rare as it was published during the French revolution and spans almost the complete period of publication (1782-1832) of the encyclopedia. "The 'Encyclopédie méthodique.' was one of the largest projects ever conducted to bring together in one publication all the knowledge that existed at one particular time in history. For natural history, this work takes on a special significance because the publication of the EM would be the first time since Linnaeus' 'Systema Naturae' that a complete synthesis of all that was known taxonomically about plants and animals would be printed. At that time, Paris was considered by some as the center of scientific knowledge and a Mecca for scientists. This was chiefly because the major museum of natural history, the Jardin du Roi (and precursor to the Muséum Nationale d'Histoire Naturelle), contained the vast collections of plants and animals made by the many French voyages of exploration that took place in the 1700s" (Evenhuis. Dating and publication of the Encyclopédie Méthodique p. 2).Provenance: Label with name of Kikumaro Okano on inside front-cover.Nissen ZBI, 4621. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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