Histoire naturelle des insectes. Aptères.
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Paris, Librairie Encyclopédique de Roret, 1837-1847. 4 text volumes and atlas. Royal-8vo. pp. vi, 682; 548, (1); viii, 476; xvi, 623, 24, with 52 engraved plates of which 43 beautifully handcoloured. Contemporary half green calf, spines with gilt ornaments and lettering (text) & contemporary brown half calf, spines slightly worn with gilt lettering (atlas).
occupies a permanent place in the history because of the large number of still-valid genera which were first described in it
The first 2 volumes were published by Walckenaer and the remaining 2 volumes jointly with Gervais. "Over a period of a decade, 1837-47, Walckenaer produced a four volume 'Histoire naturelle des Insectes Aptères', which occupies a permanent place in the history because of the large number of still-valid genera which were first described in it" (Savory, Spiders, men, and scorpions p. 54). The present copy has the plates in coloured state. The coloured issue is very rare, and the 9 plain plates were never coloured. The fine stipple-engraved plates give exact details of the depicted insects and are superbly handcoloured. The work forms a part of the series 'Suites à Buffon'.
Hagen II, 251; Horn-Schenkling 23035; Nissen ZBI, 4319.