BONNATERRE, P.J.

Tableau encyclopédique et méthodique des trois règnes de la nature: ERPÉTOLOGIE.

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Paris, Panckoucke, 1789. 4to (280 x 215mm). pp. xxviii, 70, (2), with 26 engraved plates. 19th century half cloth, marbled sides.

"The abbot and naturalist, Pierre-Joseph Bonnaterre (1751-1804), produced one of the earliest illustrated encyclopedias of amphibians and reptiles of the world and was the first to use the French word 'Erpétologie'... Bonnaterre was also employed by the publisher Charles Joseph Panckoucke to write the captions and superintend the production of the plates for several volumes in the series 'Encyclopédie Méthodique', an ernormous encyclopedia composed of 196 volumes (1782-1832). Some of France's most distinguished naturalists contributed to the natural section" (Adler II, p. 29.). The present section covers amphibians and reptiles except snakes. The snake part was published in the section 'Ophiologie'.

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