Author Buc'hoz, [P. J.] [Buchoz] Histoire générale des animaux, des végetaux et des mineraux, qui se trouvent dans le Royaume, representés en gravure et dessinés d'après nature, avec l'explication aussi gravée au bas de chaque planche de ces differentes substances, pour servir d'intelligence à l'histoire générale et economique des trois regnes. Partie Ire. représentant les quadrupèdes de la France.
Published 1778
Item ID 23116
€3,700.00
(Excl. 9% VAT)
Paris, chez l'auteur et chez Debure l'ainé Libraire, [1776]. Folio (45.5 x 28.9 cm) with 38 beautifully hand-coloured engraved plates with engraved text and engraved title. Original printed wrappers. In 20th-century protective cloth box (48.2 x 30.6 x 2.8 cm) with a printed label mounted on the front (top) board. Very rare, only published edition, ‘à compte d'auteur’, Pierre Joseph Buc'hoz (1731-1807). It includes fine, hand-coloured plates of both wild and domestic animals, all with elaborate text about their habitats, habits and their physiognomy. The plates are somewhat in the style of Buffon, but the text is entirely different, clearly of an independently crafted work. Conlon states that the work was published in 1776. The index of the Biblioteca comunale di Siena lists 1778, but that could be the year of acquisition, or the publishing date of a sequel. Such a sequel, with one bird plate only, was recorded in the " Nachricht von den Werken des Naturforschers Büchoz ", an anonymous publication issued in 1795 or 1796. Nissen ZBI 651 lists, under Buc'hoz's "Les dons merveilleux et diversement coloriés de la nature dans le règne animal" (1782), a plate section 173-204 [i.e. 32 plates] "Quadrupèdes de France" which may be a partial re-issue. Title page with a few repairs, otherwise a very good copy. Conlon "Le siècle des lumières XVIII, p. 87; Neither in Nissen, ZBI, nor in Cat. BM(NH), nor in Brunet. Buch’oz betters Buffon: A very rare and fine work on wild and domestic animals