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BUFFON, Georges Louis Leclerc, comte de (1707--1788)
[Histoire naturelle. English. 1785]
Natural history, general and particular, by the Count de Buffon, translated into English. Illustrated with above 300 copper-plates, and occasional notes and observations. By William Smellie, member of the Antiquarian and Royal Societies of Edinburgh. Second edition. Vol. I. (-IX.).
London: printed for W. Strahan and T. Cadell, 1785.
9 vols ; 21.2 cm. (8º)
I: xx, 514 p., engr. frontis. port., II fold. maps
II: [4], 517, [1] p., [8] pl. : letterpress tables
III: iv, [4], 524 p., [15] pl.
IV: vii, [1], 352 p., [77] pl.
V; viii, 440 p., [63] pl.
VI: [4], 443, [1] p. [35] pl.
VII: vii, [1], 452 p., [57] pl.
VIII: vii, [1], 352 p., [44] pl.
IX: viii, 422, [2] p., [6] fold. pl.

The maps and plates are numbered consecutively I--CCCVII. Buffon's Histoire naturelle began publication in 1749 and Buffon supervised the publication of 37 volumes by the time of his death. The work was completed in 44 volumes in 1804. English translations and abridgments appeared from 1762. Smellie's translation of the volumes on the theory of the earth, the history of man and the history of quadrupeds was first announced in a prospectus of 1779 and published in Edinburgh, 1780--85. Nine further volumes on The natural history of birds were published in 1792--93. The engravings after Jacques de Sève that appeared in the early French volumes were frequently imitated in subsequent editions as here. William Smellie was editor of the Encyclopaedia Britannica. See J. Loveland, 'Georges-Louis Leclerc de Buffon's Histoire Naturelle in English, 1775--1815', Archives of Natural History, 31:2, 2004, pp. 214--235. ESTC t139144.

Binding C18th tree calf, gilt-tooled spines with Greek key roll-tool, sunburst and sprigs, black morocco spine-labels with onlaid red morocco volume labels.

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