|Method||Copper engraving with hand colouring|
|Artist||Francois Nicholas Martinet|
|Published||[Paris, De L'Imprimerie Royale, 1770-1789]|
|Dimensions||Image 222 x 183 mm, Plate 256 x 209 mm, Sheet 465 x 338 mm|
A finely coloured plate of a white cockatoo, from Histoire Naturelle des Oiseaux, part of Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon's major work, Histoire Naturelle Generale et Particuliere Avec la Description du Cabinet du Roi.
Histoire Naturelle was published in 36 volumes between 1749 and 1789, with further volumes issued after the death of the author. One of the most widely read authors of his time, Buffon is credited with being the first to discuss many evolutionary problems. Despite this he was not himself an evolutionist, considering and subsequently rejecting the possibility of humans and apes having a common ancestor.
Georges Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon (1707-1788) was a French naturalist, mathematician, cosmologist, and encyclopédiste. He is mostly known for his work on natural history 'Histoire naturelle, générale et particulière' which he started in 1749 and was finished by his colleagues in 1804, after Buffon's death.
Francois Nicholas Martinet (1725-1804) was a French naturalist, scientist and engraver, who produced plates for natural history books, mainly concerning the study of birds.
Condition: Excellent impression with full margins. Binding holes to right side and minor damages to sheet, not affecting image. Watermark.