Histoire Naturelle des Quadrupèdes Ovipares et des Serpens. Tome Premier: Histoire Naturelle des Quadrupèdes Ovipares.
Eur 750 / USD 900
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Paris, Hôtel de Thou, 1788. 4to (255 x 190mm). pp. 17, (1), 651, with 1 (of 2) large folded tables,1 engraved vignette and 41 engraved plates. Contemporary mottled calf, richly gilt ornamented spine with 2 gilt lettered labels (backcover with minor damage).
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). The second volume on snakes is not present. A fine copy.
Nissen ZBI, 2350.