The Afterlife of the Histoire des animaux
Although the Histoire des animaux had limited circulation in its first incarnation, it had a long afterlife. Following Duverney’s death in 1730, a complete revised edition of the project was undertaken under the guidance of the Academy’s secretary Fontenelle, which appeared in three volumes in 1733–34. Five years later, Buffon took control of the Jardin du roi, and his appointment of Daubenton in the 1740s signaled the revival of comparative anatomy in Paris, made evident in the volumes they jointly undertook of Histoire naturelle between 1749 and 1767. Buffon self-consciously took up where Perrault and Duverney left off.
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