Histoire Naturelle des Quadrupèdes Ovipares et des Serpens.
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Paris, Hôtel de Thou, 1788-1789. 2 volumes. 4to (255 x 190mm). pp. 17, (1), 651, with 2 large folded tables and 41 engraved plates; pp. 8, 19, (1), 144, 527, with 22 engraved plates. Contemporary mottled calf, richly gilt ornamented spines with 2 gilt lettered labels, sides with gilt border lines (hinges 2nd volume splitting but firm, ends of spine shaved).
the first comprehensive world summary of amphibians and reptiles and contains still-useful historical information
First edition. Forming a part of Buffon's famous 'Histoire Naturelle'. Much in demand and scarce; especially this section is difficult to find separately. Its excellent plates were drawn by de Sève and show the animals surrounded by lovely landscapes. It is the author's major herpetological work and "was the first comprehensive world summary of amphibians and reptiles and contains still-useful historical information ... " (Adler. Contributions to the history of herpetology, p. 14).
Nissen ZBI, 2350.