Exceptional set of the wonderful "Jeu Buffon" cards made c.1988 by Grimaud to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the death of the great 18th century French naturalist, Georges Louis Le Clerc, Count de Buffon. The Aces and court cards in this deck are beautiful illustrations of birds that are based upon plates that were engraved and drawn by François-Nicolas Martinet for Buffon's "Histoire des Oiseaux," and then colored by 80 painters over a 5-year period. The "Histoire des Oiseaux," was a 10-volume work and part of Buffon's encyclopedic 36-volume "Histoire naturelle." The plates for this deck cards were apparently designed by artist Jacques Hiver, with the help of the French National Museum of Natural History.
The deck has 52 cards, plus 2 Jokers (Buffon himself), plus an extra card announcing the deck. The cards are accompanied by a folded paper insert in English and French that describes the birds that are depicted on the Aces and court cards. The cards are wide, measuring 88mm x 63mm, and come in the original box.
The cards and paper insert are "as new," and the box is in excellent condition.
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