DE LACEPEDE –
Volumes III & IV 1827 –1828.
ribbed and gilt, marbled edges.
3 (1827) – FROGS, LIZARDS, TURTLES and CROCODILES – 24 plates
(1828) – SNAKES – 23 plates
Bernard-Germain-Etienne Lacépède -
1756-1825, French herpetologist and ichthyologist. As a youth he showed considerable talent in both music and physics
and won the favor of, Buffon whose work in animal classification he was
encouraged to continue. Buffon secured him a position at the Jardin du Roi
(later the Jardin des Plantes). His best-known works deal with the oviparous
quadrupeds, reptiles, fishes, and whales; they are frequently printed with
Buffon's works, which they supplement. Lacépède was active in politics and was
exiled during the Reign of Terror. After his return he gave up scientific work
for a political career and held several state offices.