Illustratio iconographica insectorum quae in musaeis parisinis observavit et in lucem edidit Joh. Christ. Fabricius praemissis ejusdem descriptionibus; accedunt species plurimae, vel minus aut nondum cognitae.
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Paris, Petrus Didot..., Anno VII (1799)- XII (1804). 3 parts bound in one. 4to (320 x 250mm). pp. 1-44; (2), 45-90; (4), 91-142, with 30 fine hand-coloured engraved plates. Contemporary calf, gilt ornamented spine with red gilt lettered label (skilful repair to hinges).
of the greatest rarity as the publisher's stock was destroyed by fire
"An important work because it is one of the first to illustrate Fabrician type specimens" (Evenhuis p. 156). Complete copies and especially the coloured issue are of the greatest rarity as the publisher's stock was destroyed by fire. "Der grösste Theil der Exemplare wurde durch eine Feuersbrunst zerstört" (Hagen p. 137). The work describes insects of the Natural History Museum in Paris. Antoine Jean Coquebert (1735-1825) was a French naturalist and councillor to the royal court at Amiens and Rheims.
Horn-Schenkling 3830; Nissen ZBI, 957.