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BUFFON, Georges Louis Leclerc, comte de.

Le Tetras ou Le Grand Coq de Bruyere.

Published: Paris c1795

Stock code: 69510

Price: £85

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Highly decorative engraving of the exotic bird by Buffon, a French naturalist, mathematician, biologist, cosmologist and author. Le Comte de Buffon was struck by the diversity of life and was not content with existing explanations of the natural world. 100 years before Darwin, Buffon, in his Histoire Naturelle, a 44 volume encyclopedia describing everything known about the natural world, was considering common ancestry of man and apes. Histoire naturelle : générale et particulière (Oiseaux).

Mounted size: 380 x 320 mm Copper engraving. Hand coloured. Fine condition.

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