Jean Fabien Gautier d'Agoty,
Histoire Naturelle (1781)

 
TThis book is interesting not only because it is the first time that minerals have been depicted in color printing, but also because of the combination of these images as realistic as possible with accompanying texts by Romé de l'Isle.

This book was issued in "décades" (sets of 10 plates with accompanying text by Romé de l’Isle). We examined several copies and translated the French texts into English.



Histoire Naturelle (1781), title page
Histoire Naturelle (1781), title page