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Cuvier, G.

Leçons d'anatomie comparée de Georges Cuvier recueillies et publiées par M. Duméril. Seconde édition, corrigée et augmentée. Tomes I-VIII. [1-8; Complete].

Published 1835-1846
Item ID 43006

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Paris, Crochard, 1835-1846. Eight volumes in nine (I-IV.1, IV.2-VIII). 8vo (21.0 x 12.6 cm). I (1835): xxxiii, 587, [i]; II (1837): viii, 726; III (1845): iv, 760; IV.1 (1835): IV.2 (1835): xxii, 628, [iv]; V (1837): 691, [i]; viii, 503; table; VI(1839): vii, 559, [i]; VII(1840): viii, 656; VIII (1846): xii, 848. Text with two folded tables. Contemporary uniform green half morocco over green marbled boards. Spines with gilt ornaments and title. All edges speckled.

An attractively bound, complete set of the important second edition, highly enlarged by George Cuvier's brother, Frédéric Cuvier (volumes I-III), his personal secretery Charles-Léopold Laurillard (volumes II-III), and his assistant George Louis Duvernoy (volumes IV-VIII); published with two large folded tables, viz. Tableau des mesures des globules du Chyle... dans les vertèbres, and Bile de boeuf et humaine, and another long table in vol. IV.1, viz. Nombre des dents de chaque sorte dans les mammifères, as well as several smaller tables. "Cuvier ranks with Von Baer as one of the founders of modern morphology" (Horblit). Old, rather vague private owner's stamp of Gustave Morel [probably the French Doctor of Theology and Professor at the l'Institut catholique de Paris, Abbé Joseph Marie Gustave Morel (1872-1905). One book dealer suggests that volume I should inlude a latter in facsimile - this is incorrect; the preliminary text includes a printed edition (of 21 pp.) of a letter from Cuvier to his colleague, Jean-Claude Mertrud (1728-1802). A few pages with the lower edge shorter, not affecting the text; a few leaves in the preliminary section of vol. V with a tear in the gutter affecting some text, one leaf with a larger, marginal chip, just reaching one letter; the Globules table in photocopy on old paper. The bindings are very attractive. This second edition seems to be less common than the first one, probably because it was published over an unusual long period. Horblit 20a for the first edition (1805); Nissen ZBI, 1008.

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