Title: Espectaculo De La Naturaleza O ...
Publisher: en la Oficina de D. Gabriel Ramirez, Madrid
Publication Date: 1753
Book Condition: Very Good
First volume only of 16, 4to (190 x 140mm). 362pp. Illustrated with an engraved frontispiece depicting Solomon and with 13 fine copperplate engraved plates depicting nature, beasts, plants, insects, birds and rocks, but also various manufactured creations, including sailing vessels, most folding; historiated initials beginning chapters. Contemporary vellum, inscribed 1753 to upper cover; (text block loose from binding, few plates browned, marginal tears, few stains, most severe at gutter of prologue, lacking ties). After French theologian and philosopher Noël-Antoine Pluche, also known as abbé Pluche was forced to resign his post at Reims when he was accused of opposing the papal bull Unigenitus (1713), he gave up teaching for several years in order to write Le spectacle de la nature, which appeared [in French] in eight volumes between 1732 and 1750. His efforts were well rewarded, for the work was almost immediately successful and was widely translated across Europe. Like Linnaeus, Pluche thought that nature was created for man to admire (a spectacle that cannot be conceived without the spectator), and although it influenced many to become naturalists, it was primarily a work of popularization, not of science. Bookseller Inventory # D205
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