Paris: L’editeur, 1831. Five twelvemo volumes, measuring 5.75 x 3.5 inches: , 215, ; , 229, ; , 197, ; , 208, ; , 211, . Original publisher’s yellow wrappers lined with printer’s waste, printed paper labels to spines. Engraved frontispiece, two engraved plates, and table of contents in each volume. Text blocks uncut. Lightest shelfwear to paper bindings, pinpoint foxing to several plates, dampstaining to opening signatures of Volume V.
“Nouvelle edition” of this natural history primer for children, inspired by the work of “l’immortel Buffon” in his Histoire Naturelle. Each volume contains an engraved frontispiece and two full-page engraved plates, which appear to have been pulled, more or less at random, from the stock the printer had on hand. Of the fifteen plates in this set, eight depict goats, and four depict dogs. A horse, a zebra, and a group of birds round out the animal kingdom. Text in French. OCLC locates no holdings in North America. A rare survival, uncut in original wrappers.