Translations

  • Histoire Naturelle, générale et particulière, avec la description du Cabinet du Roi

  • Translation Title: Natural history, general and particular, by the Count de Buffon, translated into English
  • Original Author: Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon
  • Original title: Histoire Naturelle, générale et particulière, avec la description du Cabinet du Roi
  • Publ. Year From: 1748 to: 1803
  • lang: French
  • Translation: Natural history, general and particular, by the Count de Buffon, translated into English
  • Pub. Place: Edinburgh
  • Pub. Date: 1779
  • Lang: English
  • Note:

    Smellie's translation is not literal, but rather creative, as he reformulated some of Buffon's concepts, adding notes and new plates and explicitly expressing his disagreements with the latter on the side. Buffon was however pleased with Smellie's version, and some reviewer acknowledged that the translation was better than the original.