Dictionnaire universel d'histoire naturelle... dirigé par M. Charles d'Orbigny, et enrichi d'un magnifique Atlas de planches gravées sur acier.
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Paris, au Bureau Principal des Éditeurs..., Langlois et Leclercq, Victor Masson, 1849. 16 volumes (13 text- & 3 atlas-volumes). Royal-8vo (240 x 160mm). With 288 (274 hand-coloured & 14 tinted) engraved plates. Contemporary half green morocco, richly gilt decorated spines in 5 compartments.
one of the most attractive natural history encyclopaedias of the 19th century
A fine uniformly bound set. Wood quotes as follows: "The plates in this remarkable work render it the best illustrated encyclopaedia of natural history. The articles were contributed by leading French savants: Arago, Brongniart, D'Orbigny, Milne-Edwards, Geoffroy-Saint-Hilaire, Deshayes, Lucas, Montagne, Prevost, Quatrefages, Valenciennes, and others". The plates are after drawings by Susemihl, Travier, Oudart, Vaillant and others. A fine copy of one of the most attractive natural history encyclopaedias of the 19th century. The 3 atlas volumes are slightly bigger and measure 248 x 170mm.
Nissen ZBI, 4617; Wood 323.