A founder of comparative anatomy and giant of 19th century biology, Georges Cuvier began publishing his 22-volume Histoire Naturelle des Poissons in 1828. The work became a landmark survey in the science of fishes, delving back before the Greeks to the Egyptians, Phoenicians, and Carthaginians. This first volume traced the development of the study of fishes as he understood it and outlined the criteria for classification that his own work would follow. This critically important essay – arguably the first attempt at comprehensive marine biology – now appears in English translation for the first time, accompanied by rich annotations.
"This book is an important text for historians of science as well as ichthyologists."
- Alwyne Wheeler, editor of Archives of Natural History
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