Mineralogy. BOURGUET. Traite des petrifications.

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Mineralogy. BOURGUET. Traite des petrifications.
 Mineralogy. BOURGUET, Louis. Traite des petrifications. Paris, Briasson, 1742

4to, 246x185 mm, quarter calf binding, gilt titles and ornaments on the spine, red edges. 60 copper plates. quires from p.81 a 91 placed at the end of the vol. Damages at the binding, sign of wear, rubbed, wormholes on margins.

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First edition. This indispensable manual of paleontology was the earliest of its kind to be published in French. It consists of two parts; the first is a compilation of letters relating to Bourguet's previous work, Lettres philosophiques, wherein he compares the processes of the mineral world, such as crystallization, to processes of the living world. The second part contains an atlas of sixty exquisite plates of fossils, including those unearthed by the author mostly from Switzerland or taken from the works of Lang and Scheuchzer. The illustrations are accompanied by concise explanatory text, a comprehensive bibliography of paleontology, and a list of international areas where fossils have been found. Bourguet (1678-1742), affectionately referred to among his friends as the Pliny of Neuchâtel, traveled extensively, constantly adding to his store of knowledge and collection of specimens and fossils.
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