Tableau encyclopédique et methodique des trois regnes de la nature, dédié et présenté a M. Necker, Ministre d'État, & Directeur Général des Finances. Erpétologie, ophiologie.
Item ID 60801
Paris, Panckoucke, 1789-1790. Large 4to (28.7 x 22.3 cm). xxviii, 70, [i] pp. 69 engraved plates, as follows: 1-7 [amphibians], 1-6 [turtles], 1-12, 6(II) [reptiles]; xliv, 76 pp., 43 (A, 1-42) [snakes]. Beautiful period-style half calf over mottled boards. Rich gilt spine with five raised gilt-ornamented bands and red morocco label with gilt title. Marbled endpapers. Edges red. This is a part of the famous Encyclopédie Méthodique and forms the separate parts on amphibians and reptiles, and the one on snakes, respectively. Both were written by the French priest and zoologist Pierre Joseph Bonnaterre (1752-1804). The plates, by Robert Bénard (1734-after 1785), are renowned for their accuracy and detail. The text contains a systematic review with detailed descriptions and many new names. Being strictly binominal, this is an important early contribution to herpetological taxonomy and nomenclature. Uncut. Another part, on cetaceans (Mammalia), often combined with the herpetology, is not included, which means that this is the complete herpetology, with all text and all 69 plates, without anything else. Wide-margined copy. A few spots, one small hole in one plate (not affecting any image), and in all a very good, clean copy in a beautiful binding. Adler II, pp. 29-30; Crane Library AC59 (incomplete); Nissen ZBI, 4621; Vanzolini I, p. 8.