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Buffon's Histoire Naturelle - "LA MUSARAIGNE" - Copper Engraving - 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.
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
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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