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The Natural History of Birds
From the French of the Count de Buffon; Illustrated with Engravings, and a Preface, Notes, and Additions, by the Translator

Volume 1


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Zoology

  • Date Published: November 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108022989

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  • Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon (1707–1788) was a French mathematician who was considered one of the leading naturalists of the Enlightenment. An acquaintance of Voltaire and other intellectuals, he worked as Keeper at the Jardin du Roi from 1739, and this inspired him to research and publish a vast encyclopaedia and survey of natural history, the ground-breaking Histoire Naturelle, which he published in forty-four volumes between 1749 and 1804. These volumes, first published between 1770 and 1783 and translated into English in 1793, contain Buffon's survey and descriptions of birds from the Histoire Naturelle. Based on recorded observations of birds both in France and in other countries, these volumes provide detailed descriptions of various bird species, their habitats and behaviours and were the first publications to present a comprehensive account of eighteenth-century ornithology. Volume 1 covers birds of prey and flightless birds.

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    • Date Published: November 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108022989
    • length: 492 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 28 mm
    • weight: 0.62kg
    • contains: 29 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. On the nature of birds
    2. Explanation of technical terms
    Birds of Prey:
    4. The eagles
    5. The golden eagle
    6. The ring-tail eagle
    7. The rough-footed eagle
    8. The erne
    9. The osprey
    10. The sea-eagle
    11. The white john
    12. The vultures
    13. The alpine vulture
    14. The fulvous vulture
    15. The cinereous vulture
    16. The hare vulture
    17. The ash-coloured vulture
    18. The condor
    19. The kite and the buzzards
    20. The buzzard
    21. The honey buzzard
    22. The bird Saint Martin
    23. The soubuse
    24. The harpy
    25. The moor buzzard
    26. The sparrow-hawk
    27. The gos-hawk
    28. The jer-falcon
    29. The lanner
    30. The sacre
    31. The common falcon
    32. The hobby
    33. The kestrel
    34. The stone-falcon
    35. The merlin
    36. The shrikes
    37. The great cinereous shrike
    38. The woodchat
    39. The red-backed shrike
    40. The nocturnal birds of prey
    41. The great-eared owl
    42. The long-eared owl
    43. The scops-eared owl
    44. The aluco owl
    45. The tawny owl
    46. The white owl
    47. The brown owl
    48. The little owl
    49. Birds which have not the power of flying
    50. The ostrich
    51. The touyou
    52. The galeated cassowary
    53. The hooded dodo
    54. The solitary dodo, and Nazarene dodo.

  • Author

    Georges Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon

    Editor and Translator

    William Smellie

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