From Our Library and Document Collection

From 1780, Hooks to Line & Etc.

Tableau Encyclopedique et Methodique des Trois Regnes 1780

The two prints featured below, a part of our personal collection, are from the Tableau Encyclopedique et Methodique des Trois Regnes de la Nature by Monsieur L’Abbe Bonaterre. This was the largest encyclopedia of the “enlightenment,” covering all aspects of the natural world, in the comprehensive model that was very much the driving force of the era.

The publisher Panckouke employed Monsieur L’Abbe Bonaterre to contribute to the Encyclopédie Méthodique, in the area of mammals, birds, reptiles, fishes and insects. Bonnaterre (1752?-1804), was a priest in the Rouergue and professor at the central school of Rhodes.

Bonnaterre availed himself of the works of most of the earlier authors and collected drawings prolifically. He copied many of the drawings of his contemporaries, such as Buffon, and even returned to the classics like Willughby, Rondelet and Piso.

The result of his efforts is a wonderfully artful & appealing selection of copper engraved plates. These prints are both ORIGINAL copper engravings from 1780. Each print measures approximately 9 inches wide by 11 inches long. The condition of the plates is excellent, with the paper being a fine, heavy, watermarked chain lined type with strong plate marks. There are few fox marks or other blemishes & the paper is a creamy white. There is no descriptive text.