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.
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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.