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This edition, from the press of MM. F. Didot, deserves approbation, on account of the correctness of the text, and the number and execution of the plates, copied from those of the edition printed at the Imprimerie royale, (1749, 4to.) It contains what has been omitted in all the modern editions, as superfluous, the anatomical part by Daubenton, a task for which he was particularly well-calculated; for if we believe M. Cuvier, a competent judge on the subject, “such was the extreme care of Daubenton, that it is in vain to look for an error, and his anatomical descriptions form an important and indispensable appendage to the text of Buffon ; so that we may consider as imperfect, all editions in which they are not to be found."
Besides this claim to superiority over the edition of 1749, this has the advantage of having the supplements placed at the end of the articles to which they belong; and of containing: 1. The Eloge of Buffon, by Vicq-d'Azyr, as well as that of Daubenton, by M. Cuvier; 2. A synonomy, by the latter; 3. A methodical table of the species described by Buffou ; 4. An alphabetical table of the names and synonims, mentioned in the work; 5. The work by M. Cuvier, entitled ; Sur les progrès des sciences physiques, depuis 1789. - La même, sous le titre d'Euvres complètes, mises en ordre, et précédées d'une notice historique, par M. A. Richard ; suivies de deux volumes, “ Sur les progrès des sciences physiques et naturelles, depuis la mort de Buffon," par M. le Baron Cuvier. Paris, Baudouin, frères, Delangle, frères, 1824, et années suivantes, 30 vols. 8vo. ornés de 200 planches.
This edition, printed by J. Didot, is like the former, entitled to commendation on account of its execution, but it does not possess like it, the advantage of containing the anatomical descriptions of Daubenton.
The Brothers Baudouin, booksellers in Paris, have issued a prospectus, announcing a Complément des Euvres de Buffon, ou Histoire naturelle, générale, ct particulière de tous les animaux rares et précieux, découverts par les naturalistes et les voyageurs depuis la mort de Buffon, par R. P. Lesson. This supplement to all the editions of Buffon is announced as likely to consist of 10 vols. 8vo. and an atlas, of 120 plates, to be pu. blished in 20 parts.
CHAMFORT (Séb. Roch. Nic.)
Ses Euvres, recueillies et publiées par un de
de ses amis [Ginguené,) avec une Notice sur la vie et les écrits de l'auteur. Paris, an iji. (1795) 4 vols. 8vo.
This edition was the first published, purporting to contain the whole of Chamfort's works; it does not however contain, Le Discours qui a remporté le prix à l'Académie de Marsuilles.
- Les mémes. Edition revue, corrigée et pré
cédée d'une Notice sur sa vie, extraite de celle de Ginguené, par M. Colnet, et augmentée de son Discours sur l'influence du génie des grands écrivains sur l'esprit de leur siècle. Paris, Colnet, 1808, 2 vols. 8vo. and Paris, Maradan, 1812, 2 vols. 8vo. Although this edition contains a Discours more than that
published by Ginguené, it is however, by no means 90 valuable as the following:
Les Mêmes, recueillies et publiées avec une
notice historique sur la vie et les écrits de l'auteur, par P. R. Anguis. Paris, Chaumerot jeune, 1824-25, 5 vols. 8vo.
This edition, the most complete of Chamfort's works, besides those which found a place in the former editions, contains many that had never appeared with his name ; also his Notes to the fables of La Fontaine, and under the title of Mélanges de Littérature et d'Histoire, the articles he furnished to the Mercure.
Chamfort was a man very largely gifted with Esprit, and among the whole of his productions, there is probably not one that can be called ennuyeux, except the tragedy of Mustapha et Zeangir, which was written to flatter Lonis XVI, it being an allusion to the friendship which existed, or was supposed to exist, between the monarch and his brothers, the Counts of Provence and of Artois. The anecdotes of the society in which Chamfort passed the evening, and which on his return home he noted down on the back of a playing card, are extremely amusing, and the style in which they are written, comes nearer in piquancy, to the lighter productions of Voltaire than any thing we have had of a similar nature since. Chamfort composed several of the speeches which Mirabeau pronounced from the tribune. He put an end to his existence during the reign of terror. This edition of his works is wor, thy of occupying a place in the library of every lover of French Literature.”—New Monthly Mag. vol. 15, p. 484.
CHATEAUBRIAND (Le Vicomte F. A. de).
Euvres complètes. Paris, Ladvocat, 1826, et
années suivantes, 8vo. The publication of this, the first edition of the complete works of M. de Chateaubriand, is rapidly advancing to its close, and of the 30 volumes of which it is to consist, more than 20 have already appeared (March, 1829.) Besides the principal works of the author, such as his Atala, Génie du Christianisme, Essai sur les Révolutions, &c. it will contain the numerous political pamphlets of the author, several pieces that have not as yet appeared, under the author's name, and some that are now published for the first time. For the materials which compose this edition, M. Ladvocat is said, by the French papers, to have paid the enormous sum of 550,000 francs.
CHENIER, (André) See Poetry, g-c.
CONDILLAC (Et. Bonnot de).
Euvres philosophiques, (contenant l’Essai sur
l'origine des connaissances humaines; le Traité des Systèmes, celui des sensations et celui des animaux; le Commerce et le Gouvernement considérés relativement l'un à l'autre.) Amsterdam, 1746, 4 vols. 8vo. Nouvelle édition, Paris, 1798, 6 vols. 18mo.
Euvres complètes. Edition originale, augmentée de la Langue des Calculs, ouvrage posthume, (publiées par Arnoux et Mousnjer) Paris, 1798, 23 vols. 8vo.
Nouvelle édition, publiée par
A. F. Théry, avec une Notice sur Condillac. Paris, Lecointe et Durey; Tourneux, 182123,16 vols. 8vo. The brothers Baudouin having purchased, in 1827, the remaining copies of this edition, new title pages were printed, bear, ing their name, and the date, 1827.
This edition, the best of Condillac's works, is thus composed : Tome 1, Notice sur la vie et les ouvrages de Condillac, par A. F. Théry. Essai sur l'origine des connaissances humaines, Tome 2, Traité des Systèmes. Tome 3, Traité des Sensations et des Animaux. Tome 4, Le Commerce et le Gouvernement. Tome 5, Art de penser et d'écrire. Tome 6, Art de raisonner et Grammaire. Tome 7-10, Histoire ancienne. Tome 11-14, Histoire moderne. Tome 15, Etude de l'Histoire et Logique, Tome 16, La Langue des Calculs.
“ The first in France who undertook fully and clearly to expound the doctrines contained in Mr. Locke's Essay on the Human Understanding, was Condillac ; and for that reason, he has been called in France, the father of Ideology. The service which this very ingenious writer rendered to his countrymen in making them acquainted with sounder doctrines, is undoubted.'' -Edinburgh Review, vol. 35, p. 164.
CORNEILLE (Pierre). Chefs d'euvres de Pierre Corneille, avec les
Commentaires de Voltaire ; et des Observations critiques sur ces Commentaires, par Lepan : seule édition, où l'on trouve le véritable texte de Corneille, et les changemens adaptés par la Comédie française. Paris, Cordier, 1817, 5 vols. 8vo,