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Le Cabinet du Jeune Naturaliste
Paris,: Maradan,, 1810.. Six volumes, octavo, engraved frontispiece and title to each volume, 65 engraved plates; fine, uncut, in original bright pink wrappers with original paper spine labels. The first French edition of Thomas Smith's exquisite natural history for young people. An immaculate set, in completely original condition. Gumuchian reports that this original edition was such a success that successive editions appeared in the years that followed.This production stands apart from other juvenile natural history primers for the fineness of its engravings, which are of exceptional quality. Some four hundred and thirty species of fish, mammals, amphibians, reptiles and birds are described, sixty-five of which are illustrated.The description of 'le kanguro' is interesting because it records and describes a number of live specimens in Europe, including those at the royal gardens at Richmond, 'un couple de trËs beaux kanguros' at an exposition at Exeter-Change of 1806, as well as 'une trËs belle variÈtÈ' which had arrived in England on the frigate Lady Barlow. The description is accompanied by an engraving of a man boxing a kangaroo.Gumuchian, 5392.
      [Bookseller: Hordern House Rare Books]
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