Diptères Exotiques nouveaux ou peu connus.
Paris, Roret, 1838-1855. 10 parts (2 volumes and 5 supplements, bound in 5). 8vo (210 x 135mm). pp.221; 207; 135; 140; 304; 238; 104; 77; 364; 136, with 186 lithographed plates and 4 folding tables. Recent half calf, spines with 2 green gilt lettered labels.
A complete copy of this very scarce work. Our collation agrees with Evenhuis p. 513-514, our copy however has the 'Tableau général des espèces' pp. 337-364 in the 4th supplement which is not listed in his collation. The work consists of Vols. I,1, I,2, II,1, II,2, II, 3 and 5 supplements. The present work is the book issue, it was also published in the 'Mém. Soc. Scient. de Lille'. Justin Macquart (1778-1855) was a French entomologist and director of the Natural History Museum in Lille. He is one the most important dipterologists of the 19th century and a close friend of Meigen. "En 1838, Macquart publie dans les 'Mémoires ... ' la description de nombreux 'Diptères exotiques nouveaux'. En tout, il décrira 1800 espèces nouvelles" (J. Lhoste p. 128). Between 1838 and 1855 he described nearly 2,000 new species in supplements to 'Histoire naturelle des Insectes and Insectes diptères exotiques nouveaux ou peu connus' (1838) which lists the collections examined to that date. They are those of : Jules Dumont d'Urville with René-Primevère Lesson (the largest including material from the Falkland Islands, the coast of Chile and Peru, the southern and western Pacific, Australia, New Zealand and New Guinea); Justin Goudot who had explored South America from 1822 (and continued to until 1842); Louis Pilate who was based in Georgia and Louisiana U.S.A. but lived for five years in Mérida, Yucatán; Auguste Sallé, a young collector later to become a Paris insect dealer with South American connections; Alcide Charles Victor Marie Dessalines d'Orbigny who between 1826 and 1823 had travelled, on a mission for the Paris Museum, into Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, Chile, Bolivia and Peru returning to France with an enormous collection of more than 10,000 natural history specimens; Peter Claussen (c. 18041855) a Danish naturalist who collected in Brazil, a M. Giesebrecht, Étienne Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire (Diptera from Egypt) and three members of a Belgian Commission for the exploration of tropical countries, August Giesebreght (18101893), Nicholas Funk (18171896) and Jean Jules Linden (18171898). Material continued to pour into the museum from these and other sources as Macquarts reputation spread. Provenance: Bookplate of J. d'Aguilar. Evenhuis. Litt. Tax. Diptorum p. 512-3; Horn-Schenkling 14378.
Item nr. 8883
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