Iconographie des Chenilles, pour faire suite à l'ouvrage intitulé: Histoire Naturelle des Lépidoptères, ou Papillons de France.

Eur 2,900 / USD 3,300
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Paris, Méquignon-Marvis, 1832-1837. 31 parts. 8vo (225 x 145mm). With 93 fine hand-coloured engraved plates. Publisher's printed wrappers, preserved in a green half morocco box, with gilt lettering on spine.

the finest work published on caterpillars of France

A fine copy preserved in its original printed wrappers. The first rare issue of probably the finest work published on caterpillars of France. It was published as a supplement to Godart & Duponchel's 'Histoire naturelle des Lépidoptères ou Papillons de France', published from 1821-1838. Duponchel (1774-1846) after 12 years of work finished the splendidly illustrated work on French butterflies started by Godart. For the caterpillars he was assisted by Achille Guénée (1809-1880). The caterpillars are shown together with their feeding plants. "Guénée travaille en collaboration avec Duponchel. Fruit de leur association, bientôt paraît 'L'iconographie des chenilles...' Et en effet, 550 pages... viennent compléter le travail entrepris par Godart. Il devient alors possible de déterminer toutes espèces de papillons et leurs chenilles qui broussent nos végétaux" (Lhoste p.104).

Provenance: Bookplate of Dr. Michael Lührs on verso of printed frontwrapper.

Horn & Schenkling 5596.