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Studies of nature. Translated from French

SAINT PIERRE, James Henry Bernardin de

Published by Lee and Hurst, London, 1798
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With engraved frontispiece and 5 folding engraved plates. Contemporary tree calf, spine labels. A beautiful set in wonderful condition. Second English edition. Saint-Pierre's Études de la nature expounds upon the vast breadth of the natural world as God's achievement. It is especially strong in terms of its treatment and identification of plants, as the author's focus was primarily botany (before his literary career). The scope of each of the studies varies from basic descriptions of the plant and animal kingdoms to the applications of laws of nature as the explanation of disorder in society. The third volume also contains other literary works, including Paul and Virginia, the story of two island children who grew up together and fell in love, only to end tragically when civilization interferes, and Arcadia, his second publication.Saint Pierre (1737-1814) traveled when he was young and became interested in plants. He was a pupil and friends with Rousseau, by whom he was greatly influenced. In 1795 he was elected to the Institut de France. In 1797 he became manager of the Botanical Gardens and in 1803 a member of the Académie Française. Saint-Pierre was an avid advocate and practitioner of vegetarianism. Bookseller Inventory # 14599

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Title: Studies of nature. Translated from French

Publisher: Lee and Hurst, London

Publication Date: 1798


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