HISTOIRE NATURELLE DES OISEAUX [NATURAL HISTORY OF BIRDS]
Book Details + Condition: De l'Imprimerie Royale (Paris). First Edition, 1780. Hardcover. 316 pages. Written in the original French language. Publisher's original full leather boards with gilt. Marbled endpapers. Measures 7"x4.5". Volume 10 of the 36-volume Naturalist set (The Histoire Naturelle, Générale et Particulière, Avec la Description du Cabinet du Roi), of which 9 volumes were about birds. 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. Contains 7 engraved plates of birds. An overall firm copy, with splitting to boards (binding remains firm and tight however); rubbed corners; light wear to boards; wear to upper spine end; title label missing on spine; darkening to edges of marbled endpapers; normal age toning to pages; interior is clean and free of markings save pencilled notes on rear endpaper.