17 Volume set, exquisitely bound in vellum, with a colorful gradient of gilt decorated labels and blind stamped vellum covers. Vibrant hand colored copper plates throughout, too numerous to count. The Herb and Flowers volumes are almost entirely composed of illustrations. Published by N. Gervasi (Naples), 1808-1810. Italian language.
IL B U F F O N PER L' ADOLESCENZA Ossia COMPENDIO DELL'INTERA STORIA DE' TRE REGNI DELLA NATURA
Arricchita Con la Serie di tutte le necessarie Figure,
Incominciando con quella dell'Uomo, e proseguendo
con le altre de Quadrupedi de' Rettili
Anfibi, Pesci, Insetti e Volatili
Indi con quella delle Piante dell' Erbe e de Fiori,
E terminando con quella de'Fossili e de' Minerali
THE B U F F O N FOR ADOLESCENCE Or SUMMARY OF THE WHOLE HISTORY OF THE THREE KINGDOMS OF NATURE
Enriched With the series of all necessary figures,
Beginning with that of Man, and continuing
with the other Quadrupeds of the Reptiles
Amphibians, Fishes, Insects and Birds
Then with that of the Plants of Herbs and Flowers,
And ending with that of Fossils and Minerals
2 Volumes have damage to vellum along spines with small chips, one of the two has tears to vellum along back cover. Otherwise binding is overall sound with only light wear to cover edges. Some light foxing/smudging occasionally present. One volume has water stains throughout. Additional photos can be provided.
Measures 19" across as a set. The books vary in size individually but are around 8.5" tall x 5.75" wide.
A beautiful and absolutely one of a kind set for the collector, decorator, nature enthusiast or educator.
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