Mémoires pour servir à l'histoire naturelle des animaux
84. Herald 84 consists of three of the first works published by the Academie des Sciences, the French counterpart to the London Royal Society. They were large and spectacular books that were to be presented as gifts of the King and the Academy. This work dealt with the zoological research of the Academie des Sciences. Informal gatherings by Descartes, Pascal, Gassendi, and other scientists of the mid-1600s prompted Louis XIV's finance minister, Colbert, to form the Academie in 1668.