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    The Foundation of Comparative Anatomy

    Baron Georges L.C. Cuvier. Le Regne Animal Distribue d'apres son Organisation, pour server de Base a L'Histoire Naturelle des Animaux et D'Introduction a L'Anatomie Comparee. Paris: A. Belin for Deterville, 1817. First edition. Four octavo volumes. With fifteen engraved plates. Contemporary marbled boards, gilt, with some scuffing and abrasions; light spotting to sheets. Ex-library copy with Janus Foundation Library bookplates. This work laid the foundations for comparative anatomy. "The most influential exposition of the typological approach to animal classification, representing the greatest body of zoological facts that had yet been assembled; it served as the standard zoological manual for most of Europe during the first half of the nineteenth century" (Norman). Cuvier's classification of the animal kingdom has been followed by all his successors. Printing and the Mind of Man 276. Dibner 195. Norman 567.

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