None of Cuvier's works attained a higher reputation than his Règne Animal distribué d'après son Organisation pour servir de base àl'Histoire Naturelle des Animaux et d'Introduction à l'Anatomie Comparée, the first edition of which appeared in four octavo volumes in 1817, and the second in five volumes in 1829-1830. In this classic work Cuvier embodied the results of the whole of his previous researches on the structure of living and fossil animals.
Cuvier's papers on the Mollusca began appearing as early as 1792, but most of his memoirs on this branch were published in the Annales du museum between 1802 and 1815; they were subsequently collected as Mémoires pour servir de l'histoire et a l'anatomie des mollusques, published in one volume at Paris in 1817.
Large 8vo., 8 1/4" x 9 3/8" overall measurement, quarter leather binding (spine and corners), original marbled boards, corners bumped and scuffed, spine bumped on bottom, head of spine torn slightly, leather scuffed on spine, binding is in fair to good condition, first couple of pages of text foxed thereafter in bright condition, plates bright, no foxing on plates, first few plates have light paper toning, contents tight, overall condition of the book is Good-Good+, 64pp. French text, 38 hand-coloured engraved plates (complete), Paris, Chez. Bailliere.