Surinaamsche Vlinders. Naar het leven getekend. Papillons de Surinam. Dessinés d'après nature.
Amsterdam, J.C. Sepp en Zoon, (1825-1852). 3 volumes. Large-4to (300 x 245mm). pp. viii, 108; pp. (2), iv, 109-224; pp. (2), viii, 225-328. With handcoloured stipple engraved frontispiece and 152 beautifully handcoloured stipple engraved plates. Contemporary half red morocco, spines in 6 compartments with gilt lines and lettering.
The rarest of all the great entomological illustrated works published in the Netherlands. Text in French and Dutch printed in double columns. Only 30 copies were subscribed of which 3 for his Majesty William II and 10 copies for the Department of the Interior. Most likely no more copies were printed. The publisher complains in the first volume that the number of subscribers is far too low and expresses his hope that the number will increase after publication. However in the preface of the second volume the publisher sadly states that the number of subscribes has decreased due to the death of two and that the interest in beautifully illustrated entomological works has strongly declined in the Netherlands, compared with a number of 400 subscibers for Cramer & Stoll. The material for the book was collected by Jan Gerard Wichers, Dutch Governor of Surinam from 1785 to 1791. He commissioned H.J. Scheller to make the drawings. After Wichers' death the drawings and text finally came into the possession of the famous publisher Sepp, who after updating the text published the above beautifully produced work. The famous publishing house Sepp & Zoon was a firm which excercised the utmost care in producing colour-plate books of outstanding quality. The very attractive frontispiece has a printed title within a border of luxurious foliage, together with flowers and butterflies. The colouring of the plates, showing the insects along with the food plants, is outstanding, using a lot of body colour thus making it one of the most beautiful works on butterflies published in the 19th century. The work was preceeded by Maria Sibylla Merian's famous publication on the same subject 'Metamorphosis Insectorum Surinamensium' published in 1705. A fine large and uncut copy. Nissen ZBI, 3809; Landwehr 183.
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