Engraved vignette on each title. 3 p.l., lxxxiv, 298 pp.; 2 p.l., vi, 260 pp. Two vols. 8vo, cont. polished mottled calf (some browning as usual), flat spines gilt, red & green morocco lettering pieces on spines. Amsterdam: M.M. Rey, 1764. First edition of Bonnet's major theoretical work on biology. "A true theoretician of biology, he exercised an enormous influence in this field and maintained a correspondence with almost all the scientists of his time."-D.S.B., II, p. 286. Bonnet stamped upon the comparative anatomy of his age a rigid interpretation of the Aristotelian ladder of nature. Passing from the most subtle of the elements, fire and air, through water and earth, to the minerals, it ascended through crystals to living things, proceeding via moulds, plants, insects, and worms to fish, birds, mammals, and finally to man. Man is the type by which other forms must be tested. A pretty set with the stamp on half-titles of Antoine Passy (1792-1873), French biologist and geologist. ❧ N.B.G., VI, 629-"C'est dans sa Contemplation de la Nature...que son génie se déploie tout entier." . (Inventory #: HillBibl-5323)
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