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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 9


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Zoology

  • Date Published: November 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108023061

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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 9 covers water fowl and related birds.

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    • Date Published: November 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108023061
    • length: 618 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 35 x 140 mm
    • weight: 0.78kg
    • contains: 31 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The swan
    2. The goose
    3. The brent
    4. The barnacle
    5. The eider
    6. The duck
    7. The musk duck
    8. The wigeon
    9. The crested whistler
    10. The whistler with red bill and yellow nostrils
    11. The black-billed whistler
    12. The gadwall
    13. The shoveler
    14. The pintail
    15. The long-tailed duck from Newfoundland
    16. The sheldrake
    17. The pochard
    18. The pochard
    19. The millouinan
    20. The golden eye
    21. The morillon
    22. The little morillon
    23. The scoter
    24. The double scoter
    25. The broad-biller scoter
    26. The beautiful crested duck
    27. The little thick-headed duck
    28. The collared duck of Newfoundland
    29. The brown duck
    30. The gray-headed duck
    31. The white-faced duck
    32. The marec and mareca, Brazilian ducks
    33. The sarcelles
    34. The petrels
    35. The wandering albatross
    36. The guillemot
    37. The little guillemot
    38. The puffin
    39. The puffin of Kamtschatka
    40. The penguins and the manchots
    41. The little penguin
    Notes and hints of certain species of birds that are uncertained or unknown

  • Author

    Georges Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon

    Editor and Translator

    William Smellie

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