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Histoire naturelle, génerale et particulière, par Leclerc de Buffon; nouvelle edition, accompagnée de notes et dans laquelle les supplémens sont insérés dans le premier texte, à la place qui leur convient. L'on y a ajouté l'histoire naturelle des quadrupèdes et des oiseaux découverts depuis la mort de Buffon, celle des reptiles, des poissons, des insectes et des vers; enfin, l'histoire des plantes, dont se grand naturaliste n'a pas eu le tems de s'occuper. Ouvrage formant un cours complet d'Histoire naturelle. (In 127 volumes - complete).
Paris, Dufart, An VII (1798 or 1799) - XIII (1804 or 1805). In 127 volumes. 8vo (19 x 12 cm. Text and 1,122 (or 1,123, or 1153 - for counting see below) engraved plates, the sections on reptiles and molluscs finely hand-coloured, two portraits, eight maps, 21 folded tables and chart. Uniform full tree calf rich gilt spines, Gilt titles on two red morocco labels, marbled flyleaves, all sides marbled.l A remarkable, complete set of one of the best illustrated and most scientifically important editions (because of its many new discoveries, including descriptions of new species) of the famous "Comte de Buffon" natural history series, in fine condition. It is especially important because of the herpetological section by Daudin, and the Mollusca by Denys de Montfort. These two parts are in the rare, original hand-coloured version. The Daudin has 100 coloured or tinted engraved plates and the Denys de Montfort has 72 coloured or tinted engraved plates. The birds (Oiseaux) and fish (Poissons) were done by Sonnini himself, the insects (Crustacés et Insectes) by Latreille, and the plants (Plantes) by Brisseau-Mirbel - all important contributions to this enormous project. The set is divided as follows. 1-3. Terre 1-3, 5 plates (plus one portrait); 4. Epoques 1, 3 plates; 5-7. Histoire des minéraux 1-3, 16 plates; 8-16. Mineraux 1-9, 3 plates; 17. Animaux 1, 7 plates; 18-21. Homme 1-4, 13 plates; 22-34 Quadrupèdes 1-13, 231 plates (however, in volume 32 there two "plates" on one leaf. If both are counted separately, then the total number should be 1,123]; 35-36, Singes 1-2, 79 plates; 37-64. Oiseaux 1-28, 257 plates (I-CCLVI, XLIIIbis); 65-77. Poissons 1-13, 80 plates (LXXVII, I-IIIbis, plus one portrait); 78. Cetacés "14", 5 plates; 79-86. Reptiles 1-8, 100 plates; 87-92. Mollusques 1-6, 72 plates; 93-106. Insectes 1-14, 113 plates (I-CXIII, XCVIIbis); 107-124. Plantes 1-18, 151 plates (XVI used twice); 125-127. Tables. With a total of 1,122 plates, two portraits, eight maps, 21 folded tables and charts, and numerous tables in the text. The entire set is complete in a contemporary uniform binding, but one volume in the bird section ("Histoire Naturelle des Oiseaux") was bound recently, with a few labels renewed, and matching the original very well. Apart from some small defects and bumps to the bindings, a few volumes with some marginal worm traces (not effecting text), the set looks quite spectacular as a whole and is in very good condition. None of the bibliographies dares to name the number of plates, except Nissen, which lists 1,100 plates and six maps. This, however, is obviously incorrect and looking back in our records the number of plates varies from 1118 to 1143 plates, but it is not always clear with respect to the separately mentioned maps, portraits and/or folding tables. If we count the portraits and large, folded maps/charts too, our total is 1,153; the highest number on record. Some scuffing and rubbing to spines and boards, some volumes with small bumps and chips, three volumes ("Mineraux" section) with a few tiny wormholes to spine. Some scattered light stains or soiling, but never in the image area of the plates. Overall, a wonderful set in very good condition, in a very attractive binding and super complete state. Anker, 80; Cat. BM(NH), p. 281; Brunet, 1377; Nissen, ZBI, 682; Wood, p. 268.
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