Le Petit Naturaliste.
[ Children's books ].

Paris: Chez Marcilly,Imprimerie de A. Firmin Didot.] [ First edition. With [11] engraved plates of animals including a lion, a deer, a peacock, a swan, and a goldfinch. Also with an engraving of a bear climbing a tree on title-page. Extremities rubbed and some cracking to hinges. Binding thread visible at gutter. Pages foxed, as usual, but plates are largely clean. Overall a good, tight copy of a scarce introductory naturalist manual for children. Contemporary quarter black straight-grained morocco with blue marbled boards. All edges gilt. Oblong, 2.5 inches by 2 127 pp. (Item ID: 16677)


Le Petit Naturaliste contains descriptions of over 100 animals (including bears, porcupines, zebras, pigeons, and turtles) written for children. The entries detail the animals’ habitats and geographical locations, their physical characteristics, their diets, and other interesting facts. In addition, each animal is used to illustrate a moral virtue, like the courage of the lion (pp. 15-17) and the maternal care of the stork (pp. 87-88). Chez Marcilly published children’s books, mostly in miniature, in Paris during the first half of the nineteenth century. Their Le Petit series included, other than Le Petit Naturaliste, miniature reprintings of fables, songs, and poems like Le Petit Momus (1833) and Le Petit Anacreon (1831) for a juvenile audience. We could not find any information on the writer or illustrator of Le Petit Naturaliste.

OCLC lists six copies, four in the United States.

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