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A.-G. Desmarest - Histoire Naturelle de Lacépède [Complete set; Tome I & II] : Comprenant les cétacés, les quadrupèdes ovipares, les serpents et les poissons. Nouvelle Édition precedée de l'éloge de Lacépède par Cuvier - Paris - Furne et Cie, Éditeurs - 1850 - Reprint - 2 volumes - Half leather bindings - 18 x 26,5 cm.
Condition: Good, collated (complete); book bindings slightly damaged, some wear, interior work and engravings excellent.
French-language natural history survey work. Illustrated with 36 hand-colored and gum-raised prints of (stranded) whales, dolphins, sharks, goldfish, swordfish and many other fish species, turtles, crocodiles, snakes, chameleons, lizards, salamanders, frogs etc. With index (table of contents). Hardcover edition in two half-leather bookbindings with decorative paper covered boards, gilt titles on the spine.
¶ Bernard-Germain-Étienne de La Ville-sur-Illon, Comte de Lacépède or La Cépède (1756-1825) was a French naturalist who was asked by Georges-Louis Leclerc, Count de Buffon for his work (Histoire naturelle, générale et particulière). This continuation was published under the titles Histoire des quadrupèdes, ovipares et des serpents (2 volumes, 1788–1789) and Histoire naturelle des reptiles (1789). These standard works were reprinted in huge numbers during the 19th century.