Publisher Information: Paris: Deterville, 1817. First edition.
Cuvier, Georges L. C. F. D., baron (1769-1832). Le règne animal distribué d'après son organisation. . . . 4 vols. in 2, 8vo. Multi-vol. text, approx. 2000pp. 15 engraved plates by Pierron & Louvet after drawings by Laurillon. Paris: Deterville, 1817. French green morocco c. 1817, wallet edges. Binding a bit rubbed but a fine set in a very unusual contemporary binding.
First Edition. Dibner, Heralds of Science, 195. Printing and the Mind of Man, 276. Garrison-Morton 327 (citing 3rd ed.).
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. Cuvier's view of animal organization led him to an early recognition of the balance of nature, both with respect to the functional balance of parts in the individual and the interdependence of groups in the "network of nature." However, Cuvier's adherence to the concept of species as rigid, unchanging types rendered him unable to account for the immense variation within species populations. Coleman, pp. 94-98. DSB. Norman 567.Book Id: 37706