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Georges Louis Marie Leclerc Buffon (1707 - 1788)

Lot 44: Buffon, Georges Louis Marie Leclerc, Comte de

Sotheby's

June 19, 2008
New York, NY, US

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Description

Histoire naturelle générale et particuliére, avec la description du Cabinet du Roi. Paris: Imprimerie Royale and Plassan, 1749–1804 44 volumes, 4to (9 5/8 x 7 1/2 in.; 243 x 190 mm). Approximately 1270 engraved plates including frontispiece portrait, 12 folding maps, 4 folding tables, 2 folding handcolored ornithological plates, mostly by Jacques de Sève, père et fils, numerous engraved vignettes, occasional manuscript notes in a neat 18th-century hand interleaved in some volumes. Contemporary mottled calf, spines gilt in six compartments and with morocco lettering-pieces, covers ruled in gilt, marbled endpapers, edges stained in red; condition varies some, but most volumes in good condition.

Literature

Nissen, ZBI 672; PMM 198

Provenance

Fürst Emil Oettingen-Spielberg (bookplates)

Notes

An attractive set of one of the great works of natural history, with crisp, clean text and plates. Includes the Supplements and Lacépède's continuation. Sold not subject to return.

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