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Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon
Baccharis (Baccharises); Chrysocoma (Golden Bitter Bush)

1749-1789

$650

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An original hand-colored copper plate engraving on laid paper by French artist Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon (1707-1788) titled "Baccharis (Baccharises); Chrysocoma (Golden Bitter Bush)", 1749-1789. Syngenesie; Polygamie, Plate 265. Engraved by French artist Robert Benard (1734-1777) after a painting by French artist Jacques de Sève (fl. 1742-1788). Comes from Buffon's famous publication "Histoire Naturelle", 1749-1789, an encyclopedic collection of 36 large (quarto) volumes of Natural History. Printed by the Imprimerie Nationale and published by Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon both in Paris, France. Recently framed in a gold moulding and double matted with hand decorated archival French matting. Framed size: 18.38" x 14.5". Image size: 9" x 6.5". In excellent condition. Rare. Note: the old price shown within some of the photos is from before the work was professionally framed. Baccharis is a genus of perennials and shrubs in the aster family. They are commonly known as baccharises but sometimes referred to as "brooms", because many members have small thin leaves resembling the true brooms. They are not at all related to these however, but belong to an entirely different lineage of eudicots. Chrysocoma is a genus of flowering plants in the daisy family, native to Africa and Australia. Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon (French: 7 September 1707 – 16 April 1788) was a French naturalist, mathematician, cosmologist, and encyclopédiste. His works influenced the next two generations of naturalists, including two prominent French scientists Jean-Baptiste Lamarck and Georges Cuvier. Buffon published thirty-six quarto volumes of his "Histoire Naturelle" during his lifetime, with additional volumes based on his notes and further research being published in the two decades following his death. Ernst Mayr wrote that "Truly, Buffon was the father of all thought in natural history in the second half of the 18th century". Buffon held the position of intendant (director) at the Jardin du Roi, now called the Jardin des Plantes.

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