Neue Schmetterlinge aus Europa und den angrenzenden Ländern.
Regensburg, Manz, 1856-1861. 3 parts (bound in one). 4to (275 x 215mm). pp. 32, with 26 fine handcoloured engraved plates. Contemporary marbled boards, with new half calf spine, with gilt lettering and ornaments.
Published as a supplement to his 'Systematische Beschreibung der Schmetterlinge von Europa'. Pages 21-24 were never published, and the gap is due to misnumbering. 171 figures are depicted on the 26 plates. This supplement was issued in a very small edition and is even rarer than the main work. "One of the really great names in lepidoptera was the German G.A.W. Herrich-Schaeffer (1799-1874). His profession as a medical doctor did not prevent him from fulfilling an entomological life work of almost unbelievable dimensions... Together with the insect painter C. Geyer, he also continued Hübner's great work, 'Sammlung Europäischer Schmetterlinge'. As a supplement of this, his own most important contribution, 'Systematische Bearbeitung der Schmetterlinge von Europa', in six volumes (1843-1856), appeared, also in cooperation with C. Geyer as illustrator. This meant not only great progress in the description of species and genera, but also the presentation of a new system for the Lepidoptera, including the Micros, mainly based on the wing nervature, at which an attempt had earlier been made by M. Harris" ( R.F. Smith a.o. History of Entomology p. 134). Junk Rara II, 141; Nissen ZBI, 1917.
Item nr. 9872
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