A afis: Chez Debray...De L’Imprimerie de Gillé Fils, 1801. First edition of a natural history work for children. Jean-Baptiste Pujoulx Le Livre du Second Age was very popular in its time and was printed in several editions, including several bilingual editions. There are two versions of the first edition: one with engravings printed in black and the second with engravings printed in red (such as this copy). Engraved frontispiece; twelve engraved plates printed in red, each including six images of natural history subjects. Text printed within decorative border. Binding extremities and boards lightly worn with a few small chips to front board. Hinges cracking, but sound. Very minor scattered foxing. Slight offsetting from engravings. A very good copy. Contemporary half calf over marbled boards with morocco spine label lettered in gilt, gilt spine. Octavo. , iv, 160 pp. Item #16898
Jean Baptist Pujoulx (1762-1821) was the author of a number of works on botany, natural history, and physics. He also wrote operas and comedies, including The Family Supper (1788). In his introduction to the present work, Pujoulx writes, “…of all the sciences, of all knowledge available to children, natural history is the most useful, the most pleasant, and the most varied. The book is divided into three sections: quadrupeds (including human beings), birds, and insects. Pujoulx focuses on each animal’s relationship to mankind in addition to describing its habitat, behavior, and physical characteristics.
OCLC lists four copies in the U.S. (NY, Stanford, and Harvard). A second edition appeared in the same year.