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Buffon: Oeuvres Complètes, Volume 12 Histoire Naturelle, Générale et Particulière avec la Description du Cabinet du Roi

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Series: Buffon: Oeuvres Complètes Volume: 12
By: Georges-Louis Leclerc De Buffon(Author), Louis Jean-Marie Daubenton(Illustrator), Stéphane Schmitt(Editor), Cédric Crémière(Contributor)
810 pages, b/w illustrations
Publisher: Honore Champion
Buffon: Oeuvres Complètes, Volume 12
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  • Buffon: Oeuvres Complètes, Volume 12 ISBN: 9782745347329 Hardback Oct 2018 Not in stock: Usually dispatched within 2-3 weeks
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Language: French

The twelfth volume of the Histoire Naturelle, Générale et Particulière, published in 1764, deals again with a series of various exotic quadrupeds, from the zebra to the porcupine, passing through all kinds of gazelles and other animals less well known to the public, and even completely new ones, such as the "urson" or the "tendrac". As in the previous volumes, Buffon sets out the "story" of each animal, occasionally devoting himself to general reflections, while Daubenton takes care of the anatomical description and the catalogue of the corresponding objects kept in the Royal Cabinet. The volume opens with the “First View of Nature”, a curious text, a piece of literary bravery, perhaps intended to satisfy a non-scholarly public a little tired of zoological monographs. Buffon deploys his most brilliant style there to paint a general picture of the universe, leaving the reader free to interpret his thought in a providentialist sense, while reaffirming without concession his main ideas on nature and science.

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Le douzième tome de l’Histoire Naturelle, Générale et Particulière, daté de 1764, traite à nouveau d’une série de quadrupèdes exotiques divers, du zèbre au porc-épic, en passant par toutes les sortes de gazelles et d’autres espèces moins connues du public, voire totalement nouvelles, tels l’« urson » ou le « tendrac ». Comme dans les tomes précédents, Buffon expose l’« histoire » de chaque animal, se livrant à l’occasion à des réflexions générales, tandis que Daubenton se charge de la description anatomique et du catalogue des objets correspondants conservés au Cabinet royal. Le volume s’ouvre sur la « Première Vue de la Nature », texte curieux, morceau de bravoure littéraire, peut-être destiné à satisfaire un public non savant un peu lassé des monographies zoologiques. Buffon y déploie son style le plus brillant pour brosser un tableau général de l’univers, laissant le lecteur libre d’interpréter sa pensée dans un sens providentialiste, tout en réaffirmant sans concession ses principales idées sur la nature et sur la science.

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Monograph
Series: Buffon: Oeuvres Complètes Volume: 12
By: Georges-Louis Leclerc De Buffon(Author), Louis Jean-Marie Daubenton(Illustrator), Stéphane Schmitt(Editor), Cédric Crémière(Contributor)
810 pages, b/w illustrations
Publisher: Honore Champion
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