Théologie des Insectes ou démonstration des perfections de Dieu dans tout ce qui concerne les Insectes. Traduit de l' Allemand ... avec des remarques de Mr. P. Lyonnet.
La Haye, J. Swart, 1742. 2 volumes. 8vo (200 x 120mm). pp. (8), 350, (4); pp. (4), 317, with 2 folded engraved plates. Contemporary mottled calf, richly gilt decorated spines with red and green gilt lettered label, sides with large gilt coat of arms (ends of spines a bit rubbed).
First French edition, translated and enlarged with notes by the Dutch entomologist Pieter Lyonnet, who also drew the 2 plates for this edition. The three German editions were not illustrated. Christian Friederich Lesser (1695-1754) was a German naturalist and clergyman. The first German edition was published in 1738. The clergyman-naturalist was a phenomenon characteristic of the Age of Enlightenment and Lesser's interest was broad as he published also a work on shells. Provenance: Bookplate of M. Delasize, famous book collector of Rouen and bookplate of Jacques d'Aguilar.
Item nr. 9304
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