CHARPENTIER, T. DE.
Libellulinae Europaeae descriptae ac depictae.
Lipsiae, Leopold Voss, 1840. Large-4to (315 x 235mm). pp. (4), 180, with 48 lithographed plates of which 46 beautifully handcoloured. Contemporary blind boards (cloth repair at head of spine).
The most beautifully produced work on Dragon-flies. Toussaint de Charpentier (1779-1849) edited thesecond edition of Esper's beautifully illustrated classic on Lepidoptera, and wrote two superbly, by himself illustrated works, one on Orthoptera and another on Dragon-flies. The excellent plates are very detailed and finely handcoloured. The last two plain plates show anatomical details and a fossil Dragon-fly. According to Horn-Schenkling, 'Index Litt. Entomologicae' (1928), the work is rare. An unusually clean copy. Nissen ZBI, 874; Horn & Schenkling 3367; Junk, Rara I, p. 86.
Item nr. 9571
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