LOT 60

Spectacle de la Nature: or, Nature diplay'd.

Being discourses on such Particulars of Natural History as were thought most proper to Excite the Curiosity, and Form the Minds of Youth. [By Noel Antoine Pluche]. Vol. 1-7. Translated [by S. Humphreys] from the original French. New/ fifth edition, London, printed for L. Davis and many others, 1770 [volume 5-7]/ 1776 [remainder], with 7 different, engraved frontispieces and 200 mostly folding engraved plates, incl. a world map and a celestial chart in 4 parts, contemporary uniform calf, gilt back with raised bands with morocco title shields.

On the inside here and there tanned (e.g. by the leather); not every plate in the right place, but all included; bindings with wear to spine ends, hinges and outer corners of the boards. The British Library keeps a copy also with in volumes 1-4 "new edition" and in volumes 5-7 "fifth edition", apparently as published. Lovely, profusely illustrated encyclopaedia for children, with plates in all possible educational fields. Rare in this complete condition.

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