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Buffon: Oeuvres Complètes, Volume 5 Histoire Naturelle, Générale et Particulière avec la Description du Cabinet du Roi

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Series: Buffon: Oeuvres Complètes Volume: 5
By: Georges-Louis Leclerc De Buffon(Author), Louis Jean-Marie Daubenton(Illustrator), Stéphane Schmitt(Editor), Cédric Crémière(Contributor)
536 pages, b/w illustrations
Publisher: Honore Champion
Buffon: Oeuvres Complètes, Volume 5
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  • Buffon: Oeuvres Complètes, Volume 5 ISBN: 9782745320575 Hardback Nov 2010 Not in stock: Usually dispatched within 2-3 weeks
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Language: French

The fifth volume of the Histoire Naturelle, Générale et Particulière, originally published in 1755, is attributed to a suite of domestic animals. Four new species are considered here: the sheep, the goat, the pig and the dog. Once again Buffon deploys all his literary genius there, painting a portrait of each animal worthy of La Fontaine's Fables. But beyond these pieces of bravery, he deepens his reflection on fundamental scientific and philosophical questions, such as the place of man in nature, the insufficiencies of the classifications of naturalists or the legitimacy of recourse to final causes. Daubenton, for his part, tirelessly pursues his work of description.

Summary in French:
Le cinquième tome de l`Histoire Naturelle, Générale et Particulière est consacré à la suite des animaux domestiques. Quatre nouvelles espèces y sont traitées : la brebis, la chèvre, le cochon et le chien. À nouveau Buffon y déploie tout son génie littéraire, brossant un portrait de chaque animal digne des Fables La Fontaine. Mais au delà de ces morceaux de bravoures, il approfondit sa réflexion sur des questions scientifiques et philosophiques fondamentales, comme la place de l`homme dans la nature, les insuffisances des classifications des naturalistes ou la légitimité du recours aux causes finales. Daubenton, quant à lui, poursuit infatigablement son travail de description.

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Monograph
Series: Buffon: Oeuvres Complètes Volume: 5
By: Georges-Louis Leclerc De Buffon(Author), Louis Jean-Marie Daubenton(Illustrator), Stéphane Schmitt(Editor), Cédric Crémière(Contributor)
536 pages, b/w illustrations
Publisher: Honore Champion
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