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Joseph P.F. Deleuze
DELEUZE, Joseph Philippe François.

DELEUZE, Joseph Philippe François.
(1753 - 1835)

(Born: 1753; Died: 1835) French librarian & naturalist.

Librarian of the Muséum Royale d'Historie Naturelle.

Biographical references: Catalogue of Portraits of Naturalists: 353 [1 portrait listed].

1. French, 1823.
Historie et Description | du | Muséum Royal | d'Histoire Naturelle, | Ouvrage rédigé d'après les Ordres de l'Administration | du Muséum, | par M. Deleuze, Avec trois plans et quatorze vues des Jardins, des Galeries | et de la Ménagerie. | A Paris, | Chez M.A. Royer, au Jardin du Roi. | De l'Imprimerie de L.T. Cellot, Rue du Colombier, No 30. | M. DCCC XXIII.

2 vols. [Vol 1] 8°: [i]-vi, [1]-330 p., 8 engraved plates (3 folding showing the royal gardens). [Vol 2] 8°: [4], [331]-720 p., 9 engraved plates. Text is continously paged between the vols. Page size: 229 x 151 mm.

Very scarce. An early history of one of the oldest and most important natural history museums of the world and its associated botanical gardens. It was founded by Louis XIII in 1635, and Deleuze provides a detailed history of the museum including accounts of the various departments including the cabinets of geology, mineralogy, mammals, birds, etc. A descriptive list of curators and foreign correspondents in 1822 and a bibliographical list of teachers and voyagers connected with the Museum is also included.

Bibliographical references: Freilich Sale Catalog: no. 152. Jonathan Hill, Bookseller: cat. 128 (1999), no. 27. Mengel, Catalogue of the Ellis Collection, 1972-83: 1, 124-5, no. 664.

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