Beschouwing der wonderen Gods, in de minst geachte schepzelen.

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Of Nederlandsche Insecten, naar hunne aanmerkelijke huishouding, verwonderlijke gedaante-wisseling en andere wetenswaardige bijzonderheden ... Amsterdam, J.C. Sepp, 1762-1860. 8 volumes. 4to (230 x 185mm). With 8 handcoloured engraved or lithographed frontispieces and 400 handcoloured engraved or lithographed plates. Contemporary black calf, spines with blind pressed ornaments and gilt lettering, black sides. (and continuation: Second Series): SNELLEN VAN VOLLENHOVEN, S.C. Beschrijvingen en afbeeldingen van Nederlandsche vlinders. Amsterdam, J.C. Sepp/ 's-Gravenhage, M. Nijhoff, 1860-1900. 4 volumes. 4to (252 x 195mm). With 200 lithographed handcoloured plates. Contemporary black calf, spines with blind pressed ornaments and gilt lettering, black sides. (and continuation: Third Series): BRANTS, A. Nederlandsche vlinders beschreven en afgebeeld. Aflevering I-X (all published), bound in 5 parts. s'Gravenhage, Martinus Nijhoff, 1905-1928. Large-4to. With 10 handcoloured lithographed plates. Contemporary wrappers.

One of the finest works on butterflies ever published

One of the finest works on butterflies ever published. Cobres I, 381: "Ein Werk ohne seines gleiches, in der ungemein sauberen Ausführung, daher höchst schätzbar'.; " ... eines der prächtigsten Abbildungswerke der Lepidopterologie ..." (W. Junk). Its really marvellously executed plates are the culminating point of entomological illustration. Complete copies as the one offered are of great rarity. The publication of this work which according to Nissen probably started as early as 1728, stopped two hundred years later, when in 1928 the author of the third series, A. Brants, deceased after having completed only the first ten parts of the first volume. The famous publishing house Sepp & Zoon, was a firm which excercised the utmost care in producing colour-plate books of outstanding quality. In the present case Sepp was the author as well as the publisher. "First series started by Christiaan Andreas Sepp together with his son Jan Christiaan (1739-1811) published in issues and in the format after the model chosen by Roesel von Rosenhof; Sepp followed his own path for the descriptions of butterflies and their illustrations. It has become the most important work on Dutch lepidoptera" (Landwehr 182).

Added to our copy: SNELLEN, P.C.T. Determinatie der Lepidoptera afgebeeld in het werk getiteld: Beschouwing der wonderen Gods... door Jan Christiaan Sepp 1ste Serie, deel 1-8. Amsterdam, J.C. Sepp & Zoon, 1862. 4to. pp. (4), 43. Half cloth.

A fine uniformly bound set, apart from the 10 fasc. (bound in 5) of the third series which are bound in publishers printed wrappers.

Provenance: Old stamp on free endpapers of J.C.J. de Joncheere, Dordrecht.

Nissen ZBI, 3808 & 3808a; Horn & Schenkling 20145; Landwehr 182 & 202.