Histoire Naturelle, Regne Animal (The Animal Kingdom) Encyclopédie, ou dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers. Plates vol. 6
Paris (1768) and the Supplementary Plates Volume (1777). Folio, 253 x 393mm. 42 pages of descriptive text & 35 loose plates with
by Diderot, Denis.
Paris (1768) and the Supplementary Plates Volume (1777). Folio, 253 x 393mm. 42 pages of descriptive text & 35 loose plates with their accompanying 7 text sheets from the volume of plates. Slight browning to margins, a little spotting otherwise very good. The 29 plates and descriptive text for the entry of Histoire Naturelle, Regne Animal from volume VI of plates, with an additional 6 plates from the Supplementary Plates Volume. The twenty-nine plates from volume VI are numbered 1-29 with seven accompanying text sheets. This suite includes plates on land quadrupeds and sea mammals in particular.The six supplementary plates come in two sets. The first set contains four plates, numbered 1-4, and these cover frogs and zoophytes in particular. The second set contains 2 plates, numbered 2 & 3, and these cover hermaphrodites. Unfortunately the first plate is this set is missing.Also with the relevant entries listed under Animalité in the Table Analytique et Raisonnée du Dictionnaire des Sciences, Arts et Métiers. Vol I (1780)12 pages (88, 89, 98, 99, 122 & 468-476) from volume I of the Encyclopédie (1751) including Plus il approche de l'adolescence, plus il croît lentement, La durée de sa vie peut se mesurer par celle de tems de l'accroissement, Sels animaux, Sels qui se trouvent dans le corps de l'animal, Action animale and Animal, Histoire Naturelle.3 pages (214, 318 & 813) from volume II of the Encyclopédie (1751) including Animal, Bête, Brute, Bonté animale and Cendres animales4 pages (31-33 & 596) from volume III of the Encyclopédie (1753) including Chaleur de l'animal; principaux phénomenes qu'elle présente and La dilatation & la contraction des dimensions extérieures du corps sont essentielles à la vie de l'animal1 page (363) from volume VI of the Encyclopédie (1756) including Facultés animales4 pages (35, 36, 51 & 110) from volume VII of the Encyclopédie (1757) including Plus les autres visceres sont petits dans un animal, à proportion du sujet, plus le foie est grand, Fonctions animales and Accroissement & décroissement de la force de l'animal1 page (236) from volume VIII of the Encyclopédie (1765) including De l'animal selon la philosophie de Hobbes1 page (841) from volume X of the Encyclopédie (1765) including Mouvement animal7 pages (360-366) from volume XI of the Encyclopédie (1765) including Economie animale3 pages (39, 585 & 586) from volume XV of the Encyclopédie (1765) including La premiere notion dans l'animal, Substances animales and De l'acide animal 1 page (175) from volume XVI of the Encyclopédie (1765) including information on Les corps terreux naturels tirés de regne animal: leur usage en médecine2 pages (435 & 436) from volume I of the Supplément à l'Encyclopédie (1776) which includes information on Les animals en général 1 page (490) from volume II of the Supplément à l'Encyclopédie (1776) which includes information on Caractere distinctif de l'animalWith some browning to a few leaves.Contributed by François-Nicolas Martinet (1731-1800), famous for his ornithological engravings, these plates display many noted mammals, reptiles and amphibians. Martinet was well regarded because of his ability to depict the creatures realistically, and many of his subjects are now scarce or endangered. Perhaps his most famous illustrations were those for Mathurin Jacques Brisson's Ornithologia, sive Synopsis Methodica (1760-63). These visually compelling plates show creatures of all sorts, from elephants to capybara, and apes, sloths, and monkeys to cabasssou armadillos, surinam toads and chameleons. Martinet's illustrations are detailed and informative, although, in places, are charmingly naïve. Several relevant text entries follow, and these include Animal by Diderot and Louis-Jean-Marie Daubenton, a French naturalist of note. Futher articles were contributed by Pierre Tarin, Paul Jacques Malouin and Baron de Haller. (Inventory #: 122513)
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