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The Courtiers' AnatomistsAnimals and Humans in Louis XIV's Paris$
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Anita Guerrini

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780226247663

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226248332.001.0001

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The Afterlife of the Histoire des animaux

(p.247) Epilogue
The Courtiers' Anatomists

Anita Guerrini

University of Chicago Press

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.

Keywords:   Histoire des animaux, Joseph- Guichard Duverney, Fontenelle, Buffon, Louis-Jean-Marie Daubenton, Histoire naturelle, Jardin du roi, comparative anatomy, Paris Academy of Sciences

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