Natural History, General and Particular, by the Count de Buffon, Translated into English. Illustrated with above 300 Copper-plates, and occasional notes and observations. By William Smellie. Second Edition. Vol. I [-IX]. London, W. Strachan and T. Cadell, 1785.
Second Edition in English. Nine volumes, 8vo (205x 120 mm), engraved frontispiece portrait and pp. xx, 514, with two folding engraved maps; [iv], 517; iv, [iv], 524; vii, [i], 352; viii, 440; [iv], 443; vii, [i], 452; vii, [i], 352; viii, 422, , with 307 numbered engraved plates, nine of which are folding, in contemporary mottled (almost tree) calf, spines gilt in compartments, fairly worn, front cover to Vol. I detached, extremities rubbed and joints cracking, red and black morocco labels lettered and numbered in gilt, two labels missing, several others cracked: a much used set but in an appropriate binding and internally clean.
A complete set of Smellie’s important English translation of Buffon, with its remarkable suite of plates. Buffon’s magisterial work, published in French between 1749 and 1788, eventually ran to 36 volumes, meaning that Smellie’s translation was published before Buffon’s work was completed. This edition contains significant additions in Smellie’s notes and observations. Magnificently illustrated, with 307 engraved plates spread throughout the text, including six large folding plates, this is a delightful work in a slightly tired, but contemporary, binding.