1742 Navigation Naval Ships Fossils Fishing Zoology Marine Life Pluche Spectacle
Noël-Antoine Pluche was an early 18th-century French priest and historian who is most remembered today for his landmark work of natural history ‘Spectacle of Nature’. While this work would have significant influence on botanists and naturalists, Pluche designed the work to be for the general population, not of scientific merit. There was a time when Pluche himself called it ‘La physique des enfants’ or ‘physics of the children’. The main themes portrayed in this work are not simply of the physical, natural world. Take for instance the first volume – Pluche writes, “We are here only to be virtuous” – a moral vision on how we are to live. ‘Spectacle’ became a pragmatic work of theology through the lens of plants, animals, and the natural world.
This volume from the complete set of ‘Spectacle’ includes many fascinating topics such as history of fishing and fishermen, studies on zoology, plant biology, paleontology, and even navigation! This tome includes 33 impressive folding engravings including fascinating views of petrified bones, navigational tools, sailboats, gemstones and diamonds, sting rays, the earth’s rotation, and so much more.
Item number: #8894
PLUCHE, Noël Antoine
Le spectacle de la nature ou entretiens sur les particularités de l'histoire naturelle
A Paris : Chez la veuve Estienne, 1742.
Collation: Complete with all pages;
, 575, 
33 copper engraved plates
Binding: Leather; tight & secure
Size: ~7in X 4in (18cm x 10cm)
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