Buffon’s Natural History, Abridged – Including the History of the Elements, The Earth, Mountains, Rivers, Seas, Winds, Whirlwinds, Waterspouts, Volcanoes, Earthquakes, Man, Quadrupeds, Birds, Fishes, Shellfish, Lizards, Serpents, Insects & Vegetables. Illustrated with Great Variety of Copper Plates. With 106 [of 107 Plates] in absolutely stunning condition, spread throughout the two Volumes. Including the two often missing and very rare fold-out-plates of Snakes.
Two Volumes (complete set). London, Published as the Act directs for C. & G. Kearlsey, Fleet Street, 1792. Octavo (15 cm x 21,5 cm). Volume I: Frontispice [″Nature lamenting over the Tomb of M. de Buffon & exhibiting a Portrait of that distinguished Naturalist”], Engraved Titlepage [with a scene of grieving onlookers to the outbreak of the Volcano / Mount Vesuvius], XXXVII, Errata-Leaf, 353 pages / Volume II: Engraved Titlepage [with a scene of fowling at the steep cliffs of St.Kilda)], 494 pages including a thorough Index. With 106 [of 107 Plates] spread throughout the two Volumes. Including the two often missing and very rare fold-out-plates of Snakes. Hardcover / One Volume rebound to style and one Volume in its original 18th century full leather. Original bookplate / Exlibris of Dean Richard Boyle Bernard, Dean of Leighlin and MP for Bandon Bridge to pastedown of Volume I. Both Volumes now housed in a bespoke built Solander Box. Very good condition with only minor signs of wear.