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Perrault's Natural History of Animals 1702  

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The Natural History of Animals, Containing the Anatomical Description of Several Creatures Dissected by the Royal Academy of Sciences at Paris. Wherein The Construction, Fabrick and Genuine Use of the Parts, are Exactly and Finely Delineated in Copper Plates...To Which is Added an Account of the Measure of a Degree of a Great Circle of the Earth, Published by the Members of the Same Academy...

Perrault, Claude


R. Smith



Translated by Alexander Pitfield and RIchard Waller. [iv], 40, [10], (3)-267, [13] pp. Additional engraved title page and 35 copper-engraved plates. (Folio) 30x19.5 cm (11¾x7¾") period full paneled calf, sympathetic modern rebacking, earlier spine label laid down. First Edition in English.

An important text on comparative anatomy. Reports on dissections of various mammals, birds, reptiles, etc., written by members of the Académie Royale des Sciences in Paris. Each animal depicted in fine copper-plate engraving with a view from life, and additional images of the various internal organs, etc. The dissections from which the illustrations were taken, were made over several years as specimens became available, often at the death of some animal in the royal menagerie. Garrison-Morton 2953.

Lot Amendments

Binding rebacked and restored, hinges repaired, small library stamp in lower margin of engraved title page; early owner's name on title page; foxing, some faint staining at rear; very good.

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