Lot 920: Lacepede, Bernard De

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Lot 920: Lacepede Bernard De: (1756-1825) French Naturalist. He Is Known For His Contribution To The Comte De Buffon'S Great Work, The Histoire Naturelle. A Fine A.L.S., Lacepede, Three Pages, 4To, From The Countryside, 5Th January 1793, To Citizen Saint Pierre, In French. Lacepede Responds To His Correspondent'S Note And Explains That He Will Do All The Necessary To Please Him, Stating 'I Enclose To This Letter A Note To Citizen Valenciennes, Who Knows Very Well The Location Of All My Belongings In My Apartment, He Will Be Honoured Giving You The Plants Drawings You Wish To Have…And I Will Also Ask Valenciennes To Inform Citizens Daubenton And Van Spaendonck About This Changes, As They Would Be Very Astonished If I Do Not Explain Them About This.' And Further Saying 'I Have The Honour To Send You A Report List Of The Travelers Books That I Have Got. Some Of Them Are In Paris And Some Others Are Here… All The Ones You Wish To Have Will Be Delivered To You By Citizen Valenciennes. I Share With You The Pleasure Of Reading Travelers Books, And I Consider Them Very Useful, Specially For Naturalists.' Lacepede Lists Beneath His Signature A Long List Of Travelers Books, Including Some Such As Travel To England, Travel To The North, Translated From English…Memoire About China By Le Comte, Voyage De Lesseps From Kamtchatka To France, Travel To Madagascar…. And Many More. With An Attractive Red Wax Seal To The Fourth Page, Bearing A Naked Woman, Standing And Drinking With A Cup In Her Hand, An Eagle At Her Foot. Small Area Of Paper Loss To The Last Page Due To The Opening Of The Seal, Not Affecting The Text Or Signature, Otherwise Vg After The French Revolution Lacépède Became A Member Of The Legislative Assembly, But During The Reign Of Terror He Left Paris To The Countryside, His Life Having Become Endangered By His Disapproval Of The Massacres. Bernardin De Saint-Pierre (1737-1814) Appointed Responsible Of The Jardin Des Plantes ("Garden Of Plants"), Former Jardin Du Roi ("Garden Of The King"). Pierre Henri De Valenciennes (1750-1819) French Painter. Louis Jean Daubenton (1716-1800) Doctor In Medicine And Zoologist. Cornelis Van Spaendonck (1756-1840) Portrait Painter. Provenance: Formerly Part Of The Collection Of Sir Thomas Phillipps (1792-1872) British Bibliophile. International Autograph Auctions' Autograph Auction October 2015 Saturday, 3rd October 2015 Estimate: £400-600
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