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1735 3vol Le Spectacle De La Nature Ou Entretiens Pluche Illustrated Plates For Sale
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Le Spectacle de la Nature
Ou Entretiens Sur les Particulaties de L'histoire Naturelle
By Noel-Antoine Pluche
1735 - Paris -la Veuve Esitenne and JeanDesaint
7" by 4", xxiii, 546, ; xxiv, 488; 576pp
A beautifully illustrated copy of this popular work of natural history.
In three volumes.
Volume I contains the Premiere Partie and is a third edition with an illustration to frontispiece and 23 further plates, 14 of which are folding.
Volume II contains the Seconde Partie, is a Nouvelle edition and contains a frontispiece plus 34 folding plates.
Volume III contains the rest of the Seconde Partie and is also a Nouvelle edition. It has a frontispiece followed by a half title and title page, and 32 plates, 31 of which are folding.
The engraved plates depict a wide variety of subjects, including butterflies, sea creatures, plants and flowers, machinery, maps and scientific diagrams.
Noel-Antoine Pluche (13 November 1688 – 19 November 1761), known as the abbe Pluche, was a French priest best-known for this work. Pluche, son of a baker, was born in Rheims, in a street now named after him. He became a teacher of rhetoric. The Bishop of Laon made him head of the town's college, a post he accepted to escape judicial consequences of opposing the papal bull Unigenitus (1713). He withdrew in 1749 to La Varenne-Saint-Maur, near Paris, where he died. His Spectacle de la Nature was published in 1732, and widely translated all over Europe. Although it influenced many to become naturalists, it was a work of popularisation, not of science.
With a previous owner's inscription to each front free endpaper of one John Brooke.
In calf bindings. Externally, sound with shelfwear and cracking to five joints. Internally, firmly bound. Generally bright and clean but with creasing and curling to many of the fold-out plates.
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1735 3vol Le Spectacle De La Nature Ou Entretiens Pluche Illustrated Plates: $440