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Le Spectacle de La Nature,

Ou Entretiens Sur Les Particularites De L'Histoire Naturelle

By Noel-Antoine Pluche

1751 - Paris - Chez La Veuve Estienne & Fils

7" by 4"; xxiv, 468pp; 576pp; 599pp; 596pp, [3]; 601pp, [1]; 555pp, [5]; 388pp, [3].

 


 

DETAILS

7 volumes of Noel-Antoine's popular work of natural history.

Volumes II, III, IV, V, VI, VII and IX only.

Direct from the Regency library of Elizabeth Greenly, later Lady Elizabeth Coffin Greenly. Elizabeth Greenly, born at Titley Court, Herefordshire, was a noted and varied collector. She kept prolific diaries from 1784 until her death in 1839 which included her responses to current events and occasions in her daily life. Among the diaries many names and anecdotes of celebrities of the time appear, including Lord Byron, Marie Antoinette, Mary Wollstonecraft and Hannah More. She was known to comment on customs of foreign countries to which she and her friends had travelled, and had a keen interest in scientific discoveries and advancements including medicine and archaeology.

The Greenly library contents show Elizabeth Greenly's numerous interests including: Welsh causes, Science, topography, travel, Bibliana and literature, particularly female poets. The library contains many first editions of contemporary works, and many are signed or contain her bookplate. The library contained over 1000 volumes which show the diversity and depth of her interests and give an insight into the life of this fascinating collector.
 
These works come directly from the library of the Titley Court estate.

In French.

Collation not available. Vol II has 35 plates including frontispiece. vol III has 32 including frontispiece. vol IV 26 including frontispiece. vol V 19 plates including frontispiece, appears to be missing plates VII and XV. vol VII 34 plates including frontispiece. Illustrated frontispiece only to volume IX.  

Originally published in 1732, Le Spectacle de La Nature was widely translated across Europe. It influenced many people to become naturalists and was a work of popularization, not science. 

CONDITION

In full calf bindings. Externally, sound with rubbing to extremities, joints and spines. Damage to rear board of volume IV. Loss to head of volume V's spine. Front joint to vol II is tender with the front hinge slightly strained but firm. Rear joint to volume IX is starting but firm. Prior owner's bookplate to front pastedowns of all volumes, E H Greenly. Prior owner's signature to verso of front endpapers of volumes II, III, IV, VI, VII, and IX. Front endpaper to volume V has been removed, E H Greenly's signature to recto of front blank. Another prior owner, William Garnier's signature to recto of front blank to volume IV.  Internally, all volumes are firmly bound. Cockling to pages due to water damage and tide marks to volumes II and IX. Ribbon bookmarks present to volumes II and VII. Slight tear to page 272 of volume VII, not affecting text. Plate 26 to volume VI bound upside down. The odd spot throughout all vols. Overall: GOOD. 


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