Histoire abrégée des Insectes, dans laquelle ces Animaux sont rangés suivant un ordre méthodique.
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Nouvelle édition, revue, corrigée, & augmentée d'un Supplément considérable. Paris, Delalain, An 9-1800. 2 volumes. 4to (245 x 195mm). pp. xxviii, 556, with 1 folded table and 10 engraved handcoloured folded plates; pp. (2), 744, with 12 handcoloured folded engraved plates. Contemporary calf, gilt ornamented spines with 2 gilt lettered labels (a bit worn).
Last edition, coloured issue. The title of the first edition (1762) mentions that the insects were collected in the Paris area "...des insectes qui se trouvent aux environs de Paris...", a fact which was omitted in the title of the other editions. "... Geoffroy published a work on the insects of the Paris area in which he used new criteria of classification: absence or presence, number, form and texture of the wings; and distribution of the various orders according to the number of tarsomeres in the tarsi. The latter criterion attracted the attention of Linnaeus, who often quoted Geoffroy." (D.S.B. V, pp. 355). The plates are finely hand-coloured.
Nissen ZBI, 1522.