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CUVIER, Georges, baron (1769--1832)
[Le règne animal distribué d'après son organisation. English]
The animal kingdom. Abridged in conformity with its organization, by the Baron Cuvier, &c &. &. With additional descriptions of all the species hitherto named; of many not before noticed; and other original matter; by Edward Griffith, F.L.S. and others. [Vol. I.]
London: published by G. and W.B. Whittaker, [1827].
xi, [1], 203, [1] p., [18] pl. ; 21.3 cm. (8º)

Title from printed wrapper. Part of vol. I only of the English translation of Cuvier's Le règne animal distribué d'après son organisation, first published in four volumes in 1817. The English translation, edited by Griffith and others and augmented in sixteen volumes, appeared over the years 1827 to 1835, being issued in 3 quarterly parts to a volume starting in February 1824, with a synopsis and title-page(s) appearing once each class was complete. The Soane copy as described above retains the original printed upper wrapper, but lacks the general title-page for the first volume of the class Mammalia dated 1827, the half-title, the Preliminary sketch of the rise and progress of Zoology (pp. [xiii]--lxxx), pp. 204--352 of the text, and the list of plates. Of the 18 plates, only the first two depicting human skulls belong to vol. I, the remainder being a selection of plates from the other three volumes of Mammalia (10 pl.), Aves (2 pl.), Pisces (2 pl.) and invertebrates (3 pl.). Some of the plates are dated February 1824, the remainder are undated. -- A bust of Cuvier by Louis Parfait Merlieux, formerly belonging to Sir Thomas Lawrence and presented to Lawrence by Mme Cuvier, is now in the Soane Museum.

Copy Notes Bound retaining the original printed buff paper wrapper. Inscribed on upper wrapper in ink Jno. Soane Esq with Mr Sheriff Whittaker's / respects -.

Binding C19th half calf, marbled-paper boards, gilt double-ruled spine, maroon leather spine-label. Bound by E. Hutchinson, 19 June 1830 for 1s. 8d. (Spiers Box. Binding 51)

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