Paris: Furne, Jouvet et Cie, 1881. Hardcover. This edition, with the magnificent hand colored steel engraved plates by Travies including the plates of whales, was first published in 1856.
The handsome plates are after Edouard Travies, one of the best French scientific artists of the day, and show the animals in their natural settings. Travies exhibited at the Paris Salon from the 1830s to the 1860s. The plates here include the following: Volume I: whales and dolphins: 5 plates; reptiles and batrachians: 15 plates; fish: 4 plates. Volume II: fish: 12 plates. These are some the finest hand colored natural history plates we have seen.
The comte de Lacepede (1756 - 1825), one of the most influential zoologists of his time, was professor in zoology at the Museum of Natural History . He contributed substantially to Buffon's noted 'Histoire Naturelle' by writing the parts on fishes, reptiles and cetaceans (whales, dolphins, porpoises).
Large 8vo. Vol. I: xii, 668 pp; Vol II: 647 pp; 36 magnificently hand colored engraved plates. Early black calf and cloth boards, all edges colored. Spines chipped and cracked along boards; internally, bright and clean copy. BM(NH) p. 1041; Casey Wood p. 424. OCLC: 5072548 locates 4 copies, at the Smithsonian, the University of Chicago, University of Texas, and University of Utrecht. Very good overall. Item #24746