HISTOIRE NATURELLE PAR BUFFON (Volume 1: Quadrupeds, Domestic)
Book Details + Condition: Chez Saugrain (Paris), 1798. Hardcover with full leather boards. 351 pages. Written in the original French language. Marbled endpapers and page edges. Measures 5.25" x 3.75". Volume 1 of the 36-volume Naturalist set (The Histoire Naturelle, Générale et Particulière, Avec la Description du Cabinet du Roi). Written by Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon. Buffon was a leading 18th-century French naturalist, mathematician, cosmologist, and encyclopédiste. His works influenced the next two generations of naturalists. This 1798 edition of Volume 1 is comprised of chapters on mammals (quadrupeds). The first 9 volumes of the original Naturalist set was devoted to quadrupeds. Volume 1 is specific to domestic animals (such as cattle, pigs, dogs, cats, horses, and more). Special emphasis is given to goats, dogs, and cats (with each having more plates devoted to them). Thirty-two (32) engraved illustrations total, with one being a fold-out titled "Table of the Order of Dogs". Firm binding; rubbed corners and edges; wear to original leather boards; boards have been re-attached at some point; interior is clean and free of markings.