1804 Histoire Naturelle des Cetacees
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Early Edition, Illustrated, Leather Binding, Very Scarce
In the original French.
Illustrated with sixteen engraved plates across the two volumes. Collated, complete.
Published in the same year as the single volume first edition. Very scarce in all early editions.
With each volume retaining the original half title.
A richly illustrated study of cetaceans by French naturalist and freemason Count de Lacepede, who was chosen by naturalist Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffo to be his successor, and continue his series 'Histoire Naturelle'.
In full calf bindings, with gilt detailing to spines. Rubbing to back strip heads and tails, board perimeters, and joints. Minor loss of leather to rear board of volume I. Library stamps to title pages, with small library markings to versos of front free endpapers. Internally, firmly bound. Pages clean and bright.
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