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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 8


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Zoology

  • Date Published: November 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108023054

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  • Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon (1707–88) 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 8 covers domestic and foreign marine birds.

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    • Date Published: November 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108023054
    • length: 540 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 31 x 140 mm
    • weight: 0.68kg
    • contains: 39 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The ibis
    2. The curlews
    3. The lapwing
    4. The plovers
    5. The pluvian
    6. The great plover
    7. The long-shank
    8. The oyster-catcher
    9. The swift-runner
    10. The turn-stone
    11. The water-ouzel
    12. The water-thrush
    13. The knot
    14. The rails
    15. The caurale
    16. The water-hen
    17. The little water-hen
    18. The porzana, or the great water-hen
    19. The grinetta
    20. The smirring
    21. The glout
    22. The jacana
    23. The sultana hen, or porphyrion
    24. The common coot
    25. The crested coot
    26. The phalaropes
    27. The grebe
    28. The chesnut
    29. The divers
    30. The merganser
    31. The pelican
    32. The cormorant
    33. The shag
    34. The sea swallows
    35. The tropic bird
    36. The boobies
    37. The gannet
    38. The frigat
    39. The gulls and the mews
    40. The labbe, or dung-bird
    41. The long-tailed labbe
    42. The anhinga
    43. The rufous anhinga
    44. The shearbill
    45. The noddy
    46. The avocet
    47. The runner
    48. The red flamingo.

  • Author

    Georges Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon

    Editor and Translator

    William Smellie

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