Memoirs of Baron Cuvier

Memoirs of Baron Cuvier

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1833 edition. Excerpt: ...jealous of the increasing fame of the two great naturalists, not only attacked Buffon but his friend, whom he considered as the solid supporter of his brilliant rival. Quarrels even took place in the Academy, and M. de Buffon was obliged to tax the good offices of Madame de Pompadour, in order to preserve Daubenton in the rank which was due to his labours. At length the insinuations of their enemies seemed to take effect, and even It is impossible to read these pages without being impressed with the application of several of the passages to the author himself, who appears, however, to be perfectly unconscious of the resemblance. At the time he wrote this concerning Daubenton, he was walking with rapid strides in his steps, and how he surpassed him is best told by the state of the whole of the above establishment at the time of M. Cuvier's death. I understand that considerable difficulty has been felt more than once in writing the tloge of M. Cuvier. A selection from his own concerning others might be made with the strictest justice, and the utmost aptitude; and the candid praise he delighted to bestow on his colleagues would thu- in every respect be his best eulogium. I Buffon began to think, that it would be more advantageous for himself to publish his "Histoire Naturelle," in thirteen volumes duodecimo, taking away not only the anatomical parts but the external descriptions; and he also determined to appear alone before the public when treating of birds and minerals. To act thus was not only to wound Daubenton's feelings, but to injure him in a pecuniary sense. He might, with reason, have pleaded that it was an enterprize common to both; but had he asserted his right, he must have quarrelled with the director of the Jardin; he...
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  • Paperback | 74 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 150g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123651632X
  • 9781236516329