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Buffon: Oeuvres Complètes, Volume 13 Histoire Naturelle, Générale et Particulière avec la Description du Cabinet du Roi

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Series: Buffon: Oeuvres Complètes Volume: 13
By: Georges-Louis Leclerc De Buffon(Author), Louis Jean-Marie Daubenton(Illustrator), Stéphane Schmitt(Editor), Cédric Crémière(Contributor)
888 pages, b/w illustrations
Publisher: Honore Champion
Buffon: Oeuvres Complètes, Volume 13
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  • Buffon: Oeuvres Complètes, Volume 13 ISBN: 9782745350343 Hardback Mar 2019 Not in stock: Usually dispatched within 2-3 weeks
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Language: French

The thirteenth volume of the Histoire Naturelle, Générale et Particulière, the tenth in the series devoted to quadrupeds, appeared in 1765. Like the previous one, it opens with a remarkable summary text, the second "View of Nature", in which Buffon recapitulates in a brilliant style some of his main scientific ideas, in particular on the notions of species and balance of nature, while introducing some audacious innovations, for example on the subject of the origin of chemical affinities.

The rest of the volume, abundantly illustrated, deals with various animal species, mainly exotic, often poorly known in the 18th century (giraffe, llama), even completely new, to the point that Buffon is forced to introduce several neologisms to name them, such as the "tarsier", the "coquallin" or the "ocelot". The volume ends with a long chapter on aquatic animals (seals, manatees, etc.), which, according to Buffon, form a kind of link between quadrupeds and cetaceans, contradicting the arbitrary classifications of systematists.

Summary in French:
Le treizième tome de l’Histoire Naturelle, Générale et Particulière, le dixième de la série consacrée aux quadrupèdes, paraît en 1765. Comme le précédent, il s’ouvre par un remarquable texte de synthèse, la seconde « Vue de la Nature », dans laquelle Buffon récapitule dans un style brillant quelques-unes de ses principales idées scientifiques, notamment sur les notions d’espèce et d’équilibre de la nature, tout en introduisant quelques innovations audacieuses, par exemple au sujet de l’origine des affinités chimiques.

Le reste du volume, abondamment illustré, traite d’espèces animales diverses, principalement exotiques, souvent mal connues au XVIIIe siècle (girafe, lama), voire totalement nouvelles, au point que Buffon se voit contraint d’introduire plusieurs néologismes pour les nommer, comme le « tarsier », le « coquallin » ou l’« ocelot ». Le tome se termine par un long chapitre sur des animaux aquatiques (phoques, lamantins…), qui forment selon Buffon une sorte de lien entre les quadrupèdes et les cétacés, démentant les classifications arbitraires des systématiciens.

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Monograph
Series: Buffon: Oeuvres Complètes Volume: 13
By: Georges-Louis Leclerc De Buffon(Author), Louis Jean-Marie Daubenton(Illustrator), Stéphane Schmitt(Editor), Cédric Crémière(Contributor)
888 pages, b/w illustrations
Publisher: Honore Champion
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