Sandtique Rare Prints
Buffon & Sonnini's "Histoire Naturelle" - "LE CANNA" - Hand Col Eng - 1799
RARE, ANTIQUE HAND-COLORED COPPER ENGRAVED ANIMAL PRINT
This 217 year old print is from Count de Buffon & Charles Nicolas Sonnini's "HISTOIRE NATURELLE GENERALE ET PARTICULARE". It was published in 1799. The engraver was J.B. Racine.
Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon (1707 – 1788) was a French naturalist, mathematician, cosmologist, and encyclopedic author. His works influenced the next two generations of naturalists, including Jean-Baptiste Lamarck and Georges Cuvier. Buffon published thirty-six quarto volumes of his Histoire naturelle during his lifetime; with additional volumes based on his notes and further research being published in the two decades following his death. It has been said that "Truly, Buffon was the father of all thought in natural history in the second half of the 18th century."
In 1739 he was appointed head of the Parisian Jardin du Roi with the help of Maurepas; he held this position to the end of his life. Buffon was instrumental in transforming the Jardin du Roi into a major research center and museum; he also enlarged it, arranging the purchase of adjoining plots of land and acquiring new botanical and zoological specimens from all over the world. He was made Comte de Buffon in 1773. He died in Paris in 1788.
This hand-colored copper engraving print (the size of the picture) is about 3 1/2" x 5 1/2" on a page that is about 5 " x 8 ". It is in good condition with slight age toning. The print is suitable for framing and would be an excellent gift.
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