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De l'araneologie ou sur la découverte du rapport constant entre l'apparition ou la disparition, le tribunal ou le repos le plus ou le moins d'étendue des toiles et des fils d'attaches des Araignées, des differentes espèces et les variations atmosphériques du beau temps et de la pluie, du sec à l'humide mais principalement du chaud au froid et de la gelée à glace au véritable dégel
Paris, J. Fuchs, 1797. 8vo. 1 l., 164 pp. Contemporary half calf with gilt spine and marbled edges.* A fine copy of this so-called "nouvelle édition" published under the title "De l'Araneologie" and generaly considered the first edition of this curious work of Denis-Bernard Quatremere-Disjonval (1754-1830), a notorious French chemist. He was banished from Paris by Napoleon; he was a member of the French Academy of Science, but was expelled after going bankrupt; he went to Holland, but was imprisoned at Utrecht for his bizarre ideas. In this period he learned to predict the weather by studying spiders and their webs and predicted cold weather within 12 days when Utrecht was besieged by the French in the winter of 1795. The prediction was smuggled from the prison to the French general, who then decided to wait until the waters froze and when they did, marched on the ice with his troops and captured the city. He then released the "araneologist" and soon captured all of Holland. Added in the rear: P. de Gembloux: Idiomologie des animaux ou recherches historiques, anatomiques, physiologiques, philologiques et glossologiques sur la language des bêtes. Paris, Tour de Babel, 1844.156 pp. Bonnet, p. 532; Cat. BM(NH) p. 1627 (for the German edition). Not in Hagen, not in Horn-Schenkling.
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