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Buffon: Oeuvres Complètes, Volume 14 Histoire Naturelle, Générale et Particulière avec la Description du Cabinet du Roi

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Series: Buffon: Oeuvres Complètes Volume: 14
By: Georges-Louis Leclerc De Buffon(Author), Louis Jean-Marie Daubenton(Illustrator), Stéphane Schmitt(Editor), Cédric Crémière(Contributor)
606 pages, b/w illustrations
Publisher: Honore Champion
Buffon: Oeuvres Complètes, Volume 14
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Language: French

In 1766, the fourteenth volume of the Histoire Naturelle, Générale et Particulière was published, the eleventh and penultimate of the series devoted to quadrupeds. Buffon and Daubenton deal with Old World monkeys, for which they propose a new classification and for which they describe several new or still poorly known species, such as the "douc" or the "talapoin". The whole is, as always, richly illustrated.

But this volume also contains two general chapters which are among the most important in Natural History: the “Nomenclature of the Apes” and “On the Degeneration of Animals”. Buffon delves into several of the capital themes that he has been developing since 1749, in particular the question of the difference between man and animal, the definition of the species, the order of the living and the aptitude of the human spirit. to know him. Without renouncing his first ideas, he tends to recognize in living beings a greater capacity to transform over generations and opens the way to a historical vision of nature.

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En 1766, paraît le quatorzième tome de l’Histoire Naturelle, Générale et Particulière, le onzième et avant-dernier de la série consacrée aux quadrupèdes. Buffon et Daubenton y traitent des singes de l’Ancien Monde, dont ils proposent une nouvelle classification et dont ils décrivent plusieurs espèces inédites ou encore mal connues, comme le « douc » ou le « talapoin ». L’ensemble est, comme toujours, richement illustré.

Mais ce volume contient aussi deux chapitres généraux qui comptent parmi les plus importants de l’Histoire naturelle : la « Nomenclature des singes » et « De la dégénération des animaux ». Buffon y approfondit plusieurs des thèmes capitaux qu’il développe depuis 1749, notamment la question de la différence entre l’homme et l’animal, la définition de l’espèce, l’ordre du vivant et l’aptitude de l’esprit humain à le connaître. Sans renier ses premières idées, il tend à reconnaître aux êtres vivants une plus grande capacité à se transformer au fil des générations et ouvre la voie à une vision historique de la nature.

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Monograph
Series: Buffon: Oeuvres Complètes Volume: 14
By: Georges-Louis Leclerc De Buffon(Author), Louis Jean-Marie Daubenton(Illustrator), Stéphane Schmitt(Editor), Cédric Crémière(Contributor)
606 pages, b/w illustrations
Publisher: Honore Champion
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