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Histoire Naturelle, Générale et Particulière des Reptiles. Ouvrage faisant suite à l'Histoire Naturelle générale et particulière, composée par Leclerc de Buffon et rédigée par C.S. Sonnini , 8 volumes, complete.
Paris: Dufart, - (An X-XII). First edition. 1801 - Pp. 384; 432; 452; 397; 365; 447; 436; 439, with 100 black-and-white engraved plates and 2 folded tables. Publisher's original one quarter leather, the smooth spines are gilt-ruled and highly decorated in four panels and gilt-lettered in the remaining panels, over later French marbled boards, with original endpapers and original marbled page edges; volume 6 is rebacked in one quarter leather that matches the original leather, 8vo (207 x 138 mm). According to Kraig Adler, Contributions to the History of Herpetology, pg. 20: "Daudin's most extensive herpetological work, and the one on which his reputation rests, was the 'Histoire Naturelle, Générale et Particulière des Reptiles' (1801-1803), in eight volumes with 100 plates." "This book, part of the so-called Sonnini edition of Buffon's encyclopedia, was the standard herpetological reference of its day." "Daudin stated that he had examined over 1100 specimens belonging to 517 species, triple the number catalogued by Count Lacepède only 25 years before, his genera are well defined." François Marie Daudin died prematurely in 1804 just after the publication of his magnum opus. This work remained the major herpetological reference until the publication of 'Erpétologie Générale by Duméril and Bibron (1834-1854). Small bookplate of Camvsat de Vavcovrdon of Trecis on front endpaper of each volume. Also name stamp of signature of Kraig Adler in each volume. The text and plates are exceptionally bright and clean, the endpapers show some browning near the internal joints of each volume, the leather spines show minor rubbing with occasional loss of some gilt; a tight and clean copy in very good condition.
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