Wien (Vienna): F. A. Schrämbl, 1791. German language edition. Leather bound. Odd volume (volume 15). Duodecimo [17.5 cm] 3/4 brown leather with marbled paper over boards, and a hubbed spine. "Buffons Vögel, 15" stamped in gilt on the spine. Red text block edges. Green silk ribbon pagemarker. The leather is a bit mottled, the pages are darkened, and the bottom margins of the pages have barely visible tide marks measuring just over 1" wide by 3/4" deep. With 25 elegant hand-colored plates at the rear. Very good. Item #53630
George Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon was a French naturalist, mathematician, cosmologist, and encyclopédiste, whose works influenced the succeeding two generations of naturalists. Buffon's Histoire Naturelle is a 44 volume encyclopedia which described everything known at the time about the natural world, and even speculated about similarities between humans and apes roughly a century before Darwin.