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Abbé Pluche (1688-1761) was a French priest. His full name was Noel-Antoine Pluche. He is best known for his work about science and natural history. Take a deep breath before you read its title!
It was "Spectacle de la nature, ou Entretiens sur les particularités de l'Histoire naturelle qui ont paru les plus propres à rendre les jeunes gens curieux et à leur former l'esprit."
Published in 1732, "Spectacle" influenced many youngsters to become naturalists. It included fascinating engravings about life, the heavens and science.
A lady, Louise-Magdeleine Horthemels, made many of the engravings. This was unusual for the time - clearly she was exceptionally talented.
Here are some of the engravings from "Spectacle de la nature" for you to choose from. They are genuine antique prints, made in 1732.

22 x 16.5 cm (9.5 x 6 inches).La Basse-LisseThis original antique engraving was made in 1732 for a work by Noel-Antoine Pluche "Spectacle De La Nature..". This included many fine, hand made engravings about natural history, the heavens and science. The engravings we are offering are from the rare ..
US$20.00
22 x 16.5 cm (9.5 x 6 inches).La Basse-LisseThis original antique engraving was made in 1732 for a work by Noel-Antoine Pluche "Spectacle De La Nature..". This included many fine, hand made engravings about natural history, the heavens and science. The engravings we are offering are from the rare ..
US$20.00
22 x 16.5 cm (9.5 x 6 inches).Le Lavage Des Laines Et Le Ramage Des DrapsThis original antique engraving was made in 1732 for a work by Noel-Antoine Pluche "Spectacle De La Nature..". This included many fine, hand made engravings about natural history, the heavens and science. The engravings we ar..
US$30.00
22 x 16.5 cm (9.5 x 6 inches).Le Metier Du Tisseur Vu De FaceThis original antique engraving was made in 1732 for a work by Noel-Antoine Pluche "Spectacle De La Nature..". This included many fine, hand made engravings about natural history, the heavens and science. The engravings we are offering a..
US$20.00
22 x 16.5 cm (9.5 x 6 inches).Le Metier A Faire Le Velours Vu De FaceThis original antique engraving was made in 1732 for a work by Noel-Antoine Pluche "Spectacle De La Nature..". This included many fine, hand made engravings about natural history, the heavens and science. The engravings we are of..
US$20.00
22 x 16.5 cm (9.5 x 6 inches).Les ComblesThis original antique engraving was made in 1732 for a work by Noel-Antoine Pluche "Spectacle De La Nature..". This included many fine, hand made engravings about natural history, the heavens and science. The engravings we are offering are from the rare fir..
US$20.00
22 x 16.5 cm (9.5 x 6 inches).Le Pieces De CharpenterieThis original antique engraving was made in 1732 for a work by Noel-Antoine Pluche "Spectacle De La Nature..". This included many fine, hand made engravings about natural history, the heavens and science. The engravings we are offering are fro..
US$20.00
22 x 16.5 cm (9.5 x 6 inches).La Fonderie Du PlombThis original antique engraving was made in 1732 for a work by Noel-Antoine Pluche "Spectacle De La Nature..". This included many fine, hand made engravings about natural history, the heavens and science. The engravings we are offering are from the..
US$20.00
22 x 16.5 cm (9.5 x 6 inches).This original antique engraving was made in 1732 for a work by Noel-Antoine Pluche "Spectacle De La Nature..". This included many fine, hand made engravings about natural history, the heavens and science. The engravings we are offering are from the rare first French e..
US$20.00
22 x 16.5 cm (9.5 x 6 inches).Profil Du Metier De TisseurThis original antique engraving was made in 1732 for a work by Noel-Antoine Pluche "Spectacle De La Nature..". This included many fine, hand made engravings about natural history, the heavens and science. The engravings we are offering are f..
US$20.00
22 x 16.5 cm (9.5 x 6 inches).Le Laminoir Vu De CoteThis original antique engraving was made in 1732 for a work by Noel-Antoine Pluche "Spectacle De La Nature..". This included many fine, hand made engravings about natural history, the heavens and science. The engravings we are offering are from t..
US$20.00
22 x 16.5 cm (9.5 x 6 inches).La Montre Et L'horloge A PoidsThis original antique engraving was made in 1732 for a work by Noel-Antoine Pluche "Spectacle De La Nature..". This included many fine, hand made engravings about natural history, the heavens and science. The engravings we are offering ar..
US$20.00
22 x 16.5 cm (9.5 x 6 inches).La Pendule A RessortThis original antique engraving was made in 1732 for a work by Noel-Antoine Pluche "Spectacle De La Nature..". This included many fine, hand made engravings about natural history, the heavens and science. The engravings we are offering are from the..
US$20.00
22 x 16.5 cm (9.5 x 6 inches).le Calibre D'une ClocheThis original antique engraving was made in 1732 for a work by Noel-Antoine Pluche "Spectacle De La Nature..". This included many fine, hand made engravings about natural history, the heavens and science. The engravings we are offering are from ..
US$20.00
22 x 16.5 cm (9.5 x 6 inches).La Maniere De Monter La ChaineThis original antique engraving was made in 1732 for a work by Noel-Antoine Pluche "Spectacle De La Nature..". This included many fine, hand made engravings about natural history, the heavens and science. The engravings we are offering ar..
US$20.00
Fossils, Sharks Teeth, Ammonite
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22 x 16.5 cm (9.5 x 6 inches).This original antique engraving was made in 1732 for a work by Noel-Antoine Pluche "Spectacle De La Nature..". This included many fine, hand made engravings about natural history, the heavens and science. The engravings we are offering are from the rare first French e..
US$0.00
Galley With Oars
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22 x 16.5 cm (9.5 x 6 inches).This original antique engraving was made in 1732 for a work by Noel-Antoine Pluche "Spectacle De La Nature..". This included many fine, hand made engravings about natural history, the heavens and science. The engravings we are offering are from the rare first French e..
US$0.00
Crabs And Lobster
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22 x 16.5 cm (9.5 x 6 inches).This original antique engraving was made in 1732 for a work by Noel-Antoine Pluche "Spectacle De La Nature..". This included many fine, hand made engravings about natural history, the heavens and science. The engravings we are offering are from the rare first French edi..
US$0.00
Plane Tree
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22 x 16.5 cm (9.5 x 6 inches).This original antique engraving was made in 1732 for a work by Noel-Antoine Pluche "Spectacle De La Nature..". This included many fine, hand made engravings about natural history, the heavens and science. The engravings we are offering are from the rare first French e..
US$0.00
Elm Tree
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22 x 16.5 cm (9.5 x 6 inches).This original antique engraving was made in 1732 for a work by Noel-Antoine Pluche "Spectacle De La Nature..". This included many fine, hand made engravings about natural history, the heavens and science. The engravings we are offering are from the rare first French e..
US$0.00
Growth Of A Plant
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22 x 16.5 cm (9.5 x 6 inches).This original antique engraving was made in 1732 for a work by Noel-Antoine Pluche "Spectacle De La Nature..". This included many fine, hand made engravings about natural history, the heavens and science. The engravings we are offering are from the rare first French e..
US$0.00
Le Sainfoin
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22 x 16.5 cm (9.5 x 6 inches).Used as animal fodder and as nectar source for honey beesThis original antique engraving was made in 1732 for a work by Noel-Antoine Pluche "Spectacle De La Nature..". This included many fine, hand made engravings about natural history, the heavens and science. The en..
US$0.00
Ranunculas
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22 x 16.5 cm (9.5 x 6 inches).This original antique engraving was made in 1732 for a work by Noel-Antoine Pluche "Spectacle De La Nature..". This included many fine, hand made engravings about natural history, the heavens and science. The engravings we are offering are from the rare first French e..
US$0.00
Sycamore Tree
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22 x 16.5 cm (9.5 x 6 inches).This original antique engraving was made in 1732 for a work by Noel-Antoine Pluche "Spectacle De La Nature..". This included many fine, hand made engravings about natural history, the heavens and science. The engravings we are offering are from the rare first French e..
US$0.00
Primrose
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22 x 16.5 cm (9.5 x 6 inches).This original antique engraving was made in 1732 for a work by Noel-Antoine Pluche "Spectacle De La Nature..". This included many fine, hand made engravings about natural history, the heavens and science. The engravings we are offering are from the rare first French e..
US$0.00
Small Boat
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22 x 16.5 cm (9.5 x 6 inches).This original antique engraving was made in 1732 for a work by Noel-Antoine Pluche "Spectacle De La Nature..". This included many fine, hand made engravings about natural history, the heavens and science. The engravings we are offering are from the rare first French e..
US$0.00
Fishing Barque
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22 x 16.5 cm (9.5 x 6 inches).This original antique engraving was made in 1732 for a work by Noel-Antoine Pluche "Spectacle De La Nature..". This included many fine, hand made engravings about natural history, the heavens and science. The engravings we are offering are from the rare first French e..
US$0.00
Cross-Section Of A First Rate Ship Of The Line
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22 x 16.5 cm (9.5 x 6 inches).This original antique engraving was made in 1732 for a work by Noel-Antoine Pluche "Spectacle De La Nature..". This included many fine, hand made engravings about natural history, the heavens and science. The engravings we are offering are from the rare first French e..
US$0.00
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