A Natural History, General and Particular; containing the History and Theory of the Earth, a General History of Man, the Brute Creation, Vegetables, Minerals etc etc. A New Edition corrected and enlarged to which is added A History of Birds, Fishes, Reptiles, and Insects embracing the recent discoveries of eminent naturalists, together with an account of the most curious foreign plants, by Henry Augustus Chambers, LLD.
by George Louis Le Clerc, Count of Buffon (translated by William Smellie); Henry Augustus Chambers
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London: Printed for Thomas Kelly and Co. 1860, 1860. 2 volumes. Vol. 1: [ii], pp viii index, pp. 682. Vol. 2: pp.viii index, pp462. Contemporary half-calf with raised bands, gilt lettering and hand tooling over marbled boards. Bookbinder's label (Hayward Bookbinder, 6 Burgate Lane, Canterbury). This edition contains the somewhat incongruous half title: "History of the earth and animated nature, exhibiting the delineations of the most distinguished wild animals in the various menageries of this country" with a splendid coloured engraving of a tiger. Black leather spine labels. Very good quality hand coloured plates. Some wearing to the boards. Very good "Truly, Buffon was the father of all thought in natural history in the second half of the 18th century". Of this book it has been said: "written in a brilliant style, this work was read ... by every educated person in Europe". This is a 1860 reprint of the 1856 edition by published by Thomas Kelly. These splendid volumes contain articles considering the various proofs of the Theory of the Earth; a chapter on the Analogies between Animals and Vegetables; the Varieties of Human Species; a Dissertation on the Nature of Animals and essays on a huge range of animals, birds, fish and insects (from the hippopotamus to the spider) liberally illustrated with charming and beautifully preserved hand-coloured engravings.
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- A Natural History, General and Particular; containing the History and Theory of the Earth, a General History of Man, the Brute Creation, Vegetables, Minerals etc etc. A New Edition corrected and enlarged to which is added A History of Birds, Fishes, Reptiles, and Insects embracing the recent discoveries of eminent naturalists, together with an account of the most curious foreign plants, by Henry Augustus Chambers, LLD.
- George Louis Le Clerc, Count of Buffon (translated by William Smellie); Henry Augustus Chambers
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- London: Printed for Thomas Kelly and Co. 1860
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Simon Finch has been a Rare Book Dealer since 1980. He has had shops in Notting Hill Gate, Mayfair and Holt, Norfolk. His firm has handled a wide variety of material from the First Folio of Shakespeare to the wilder shores of the counterculture and everything in between. In 1998, Simon bought Voewood, one of the finest Arts and Crafts and houses and brought it back to life with an eight-year programme of renovation and restoration. Voewood Rare Books, which operates from Voewood, is the continuation for Simon of a long career in the book trade. It also represents an important link with the House. Voewood is always beautiful, surprising, mysterious and perhaps a little disorientating and we aim to bring something of this spirit to the bookshop. Whilst our focus in on the visual arts, literature and the counter-culture, we deal also in a broad range of antiquarian and modern rare books across all subject areas. Our collection can be found here at Biblio and on our website. We are open by appointment and can always be contacted by email.
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- raised band(s)
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- Marbled boards
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