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LE SPECTACLE DE LA NATURE, OU ENTRETIENS SUR LES PARTICULARITIES DE L'HISTOIRE NATURELLE, QUI ONT PARU LES PLUS PROPRES A RENDRE LES JEUNES-GENS CURIEUX, & A LEUR FORMER L'ESPRIT, Noel Antoine Pluche [November 13, 1688  November 19, 1761]
1 LE SPECTACLE DE LA NATURE, OU ENTRETIENS SUR LES PARTICULARITIES DE L'HISTOIRE NATURELLE, QUI ONT PARU LES PLUS PROPRES A RENDRE LES JEUNES-GENS CURIEUX, & A LEUR FORMER L'ESPRIT Noel Antoine Pluche [November 13, 1688 November 19, 1761]
Haarlem, Netherlands Chez La Veuve Estienne & Fils 1752 Hardcover Good with no dust jacket 
fold out plates; xxiv/468 pages; Noel-Antoine Pluche, known as the abbe Pluche, was a French priest. He is now known for his "Spectacle de la nature," a most popular work of natural history. Pluche, son of a baker, was born in Rheims, in a street now named after him. He became a teacher of rhetoric. The Bishop of Laon made him head of the town's college, a post he accepted to escape judicial consequences of opposing the papal bull Unigenitus (1713) He withdrew in 1749 to La Varenne-Saint-Maur, near Paris, where he died. His "Spectacle de la nature, ou Entretiens sur les particularites de l'Histoire naturelle qui ont paru les plus propres rendre les jeunes gens curieux et leur former l'esprit" was published in 1732, and widely translated all over Europe. Although it influenced many to become naturalists, it was a work of popularization, not of science. Width: 4.75" Height: 7.75"Book Details: Condition / Notes: This is the second volume of the second part ("Seconde Partie") , with the subtitle "contenant ce qui regarde les dehors & l'interieur de la Terre." This antique volume is bound in quarter red leather and marbled paper-covered boards, with raised bands and a gilt-lettered label to the spine. The book shows external wear, with rubbing and loss of material to the covers. The spine displays sunning. Minor loss of material is visible at the slightly bumped corners. The binding is sound. A previous owner's name appears on the front flyleaf, with bookdealer's notes in pencil on the pastedown. A number of pages display toning and/or foxing at the fore edge. This work is illustrated with a frontispiece and 36 mostly fold-out plates. The spectacle of nature, or talks about the peculiarities of the natural history, which seemed most likely to 27287make young people-curious, to train their mind. Many botanical plates foldout. 36433 
Price: 188.00 USD
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