Antiquariaat Junk - personalized rss feed http://www.antiquariaatjunk.com/ Antiquariaat Junk B.V. - Search criteria: Subject: Butterflies / Lepidoptera GODART, J.B. & DUPONCHEL, P.A.J. - Histoire naturelle des Lépidoptères ou Papillons de France. http://www.antiquariaatjunk.com/item.php?item=10049&s_currency= GODART, J.B. & DUPONCHEL, P.A.J.

Histoire naturelle des Lépidoptères ou Papillons de France.

Paris, Crevot/Méquignon-Marvis Fils, 1821-1842. 11 volumes & 4 supplements (bound in 17). 8vo (215 x 130mm). With 546 (545 hand-coloured) engraved plates (and:) DUPONCHEL, P.-A.-J. Catalogue méthodique des Lépidoptères d'Europe distribués en familles, tribus et genres ... Paris, Méquignon-Marvis, 1844. 8vo. pp. xxx, (2), 523, (1) (and:) DUPONCHEL, P.-A.J. & GUENEE. Iconographie et histoire naturelle des Chenilles pour servir de complément à l'histoire naturelle des Lépidoptères ou Papillons de France. Paris, Méquignon-Marvis, 1832. 2 volumes. With 91 of (93) hand-coloured engraved plates. Contemporary uniform half black cloth, gilt lettered spines, marbled sides (a few hinges splitting but firm).

A fine uniformly bound copy of the first edition. Jean Baptiste Godart (1775-1825) published the first 5 volumes of this famous work, which was continued after his death by his friend Duponchel. Very rare set of one of the finest illustrated French works on Lepidoptera. The plates (after drawings by Baron, Delarue, Duménil, Linden, Vaillant, and Vauthier) are beautifully handcoloured. It is rare to find a set with the mostly lacking supplement by Duponchel and Guenée on the caterpillars of France. For this work Duponchel was assisted by Achille Guénée (1809-1880) and according to Lhoste 'Guénée se classe parmi les plus grands entomologistes français'. The caterpillars are shown together with their feeding plants. 'A partir de 1826, après la mort de Godart, son ami et collaborateur, Duponchel fut chargé de continuer le grand ouvrage que celui-ci avait entrepris sur 'l'Histoire des Lépidoptères ou Papillons de France'. Cinq volumes étaient terminés, il dut en ajouter 12 autres et y passa 20 ans. On y trouve 4134 espèces de Papillons d'Europe' ( J. Gouillard. Histoire des entomologistes Français. p.55). 'La première faune lépidoptérologique française ? Duponchel, qui conserva la classification de Latreille, déjà suivie par son prédécesseur, adopta aussi d'autres caractères (forme du corps, des ailles?) pour séparer de nouvelles espèces et réalisa ainsi la première faune de France, les papillons totalisant plus de 7000 pages de texte et 500 planches coloriées' (J. d'Aguilar. Histoire de l'entomologie p. 172). The supplement on caterpillars lacks 2 plates. Apart from some occasional foxing a fine set. Provenance: Armorial bookplate of 'Bibliothèque de Bois-Boudran', library of Comte Greffulhe. Hagen 288; Horn & Schenkling 5587, 5589 & 5596; Nissen ZBI, 1598, 1212.

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BRENCHLEY, J.L. - Jottings during the cruise of H.M.S. Curaçoa among the South Sea Islands in 1865. http://www.antiquariaatjunk.com/item.php?item=10036&s_currency= BRENCHLEY, J.L.

Jottings during the cruise of H.M.S. Curaçoa among the South Sea Islands in 1865.

London, Longmans, Green, and Co., 1873. Large 8vo (255 x 175 mm). pp. xxviii, 487, with 1 folded coloured frontispiece, 58 plates of which 42 handcoloured and 1 folding coloured map and numerous figures in the text. Contemporary black morocco, gilt lettered spine (joints splitting).

Julius Lucius Brenchley, English explorer, was born 30 november 1816 in Maidstone. 'This voyage wasespecially significant for the natural history data collected. The ship sailed from Sydney under command of Sir William Wiseman to display the British flag in the different archipelagoes of the western Pacific. Vistits were made to Lord Howe Islands, Norfolk Islands, and Niue or Savage Island; Samoa, Tonga, and Fiji; the New Hebrides, Santa Cruz, and Solomon Islands; New Caledonia, and the Loyality Islands' (Hill p. 33). The first section of the book describes the history, anthropology etc. of the trip, the second section from page 351 descibes the natural history of the region. The first part pp. 353-394, with 21 fine handcoloured plates by J. Smith covers birds by G.R.Gray. Followed by a section on reptiles by A. Günther pp. 395-407, with 4 plates, and a section on fishes by A. Günther pp. 409-430, with 10 (5 handcoloured), a section on shells pp. 431-454, with 7 coloured plates, and insects pp. 455-474, with 8 coloured plates. 'The section on birds was prepared on the basis of material collected by Brenchley during the cruise of the fregatte 'Curaçoa', in the western Pacific. Only birds new to science or particularly rare are noted' (Anker 185). A rare work. Provenance: Armorial bookplate of Henry Anson and former owner`s stamp on title. Henze I, p. 349; Hill p. 33.

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DENTON, S.F. - As Nature shows them. Moths and Butterflies of the United States East of the Rocky Mountains. With over 400 photographic illustrations in the text and many transfers of species from life. http://www.antiquariaatjunk.com/item.php?item=10031&s_currency= DENTON, S.F.

As Nature shows them. Moths and Butterflies of the United States East of the Rocky Mountains. With over 400 photographic illustrations in the text and many transfers of species from life.

Boston, Bradlee Whidden, (1897-) 1900. 2 volumes. Royal-8vo (245 x 170mm). pp. x, (6), 1-161; pp. xiv, (3), 164-361, with 56 transfers of species from life and over 400 photographic illustrations. Contemporary red half morocco, spines in 5 compartments with gilt butterfly ornaments and gilt lettering, gilt edges (short split to to upper joints of vol. 2).

Printed in a limited edition of 500 copies only; the present copy is number 23151. "The colored plates, or Nature Prints, used in this work, are direct transfers from the insects themselves; that is to say, the scales of the wings of the insects are transferred to the paper while the bodies are printed from engravings and afterwards colored by hand. The making of such transfers is not original to me, but it took a good deal of experimenting to so perfect the process ... and what magnificent illustrations they are embodying all the beauty and perfections of the specimens themselves!" (From the preface). "Thousands of Lepidoptera were killed in the process of producing 500 copies of S.F. Denton's work.... Conservation was not uppermost in people's minds at this time" (Gilbert p. 126). Owner's stamp on half-titles. A very fine copy. Nissen ZBI, 1079.

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GROSE SMITH, H. & KIRBY, W.F. - Rhopalocera Exotica, being Illustrations of New, Rare, and Unfigured Species of Butterflies. http://www.antiquariaatjunk.com/item.php?item=9990&s_currency= GROSE SMITH, H. & KIRBY, W.F.

Rhopalocera Exotica, being Illustrations of New, Rare, and Unfigured Species of Butterflies.

London, Gurney & Jackson, 1887-1902. 3 volumes. Large-4to (278 x 220mm). With 180 hand-coloured lithographed plates and descriptive text. Contemporary brown morocco, sides with gilt border, spines in 6 compartments with gilt lines and lettering, topedges gilt.

A beautifully illustrated and rare work on exotic butterflies. As the work was issued in 60 parts over a period of 15 years complete copies are scarce. "The present work is designed to illustrate some of the rarer and more beautiful new species of butterflies which are continually being sent to Europe from all parts of the world by travellers and missionaries, as well as professional collectors, and it may be regarded as supplementary to late Mr. Hewitson's 'Exotic Butterflies', and 'Illustrations of Diurnal Lepidoptera' ... The insects figured and described in this volume are chiefly selected from the Collection of Mr. Grose Smith, and with a very few exceptions have not been previously figured" (From the Preface). Butterflies were also selected from the collections of W. Rothschild, Staudinger and a.o. Hewitson. Henley Grose-Smith was a wealthy lawyer and entomologist, and William Kirby, a curator at the British Museum. Some of the original printed wrappers are bound in. Provenance: Armorial bookplate of Edmund Bourke, Royal Navy. Nissen ZBI, 1728; Junk. 'Bibliographia Lepidopterologica' 3193.

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GRAY, G.R. - Descriptions and Figures of some new Lepidopterous Insects chiefly from Nepal. http://www.antiquariaatjunk.com/item.php?item=9987&s_currency= GRAY, G.R.

Descriptions and Figures of some new Lepidopterous Insects chiefly from Nepal.

London, Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1846. 8vo (215 x 135mm). pp. 16, with 16 engraved plates of which 14 beautifully hand-coloured. Contemporary green half calf, gilt lettered spine, marbled sides (spine a bit worn).

From the introduction: "The following figures were selected from General Hardwicke's Collection of Drawings. The Engravings were made, the impressions coloured, and the descriptions set up in type in 1833; but the appearance of the work was delayed by the death of General Hardwicke ..." Major-General Thomas Hardwicke (1756-1835) was an English soldier and naturalist who was in India from 1777 to 1823. He collected numerous specimens of natural history and had them painted by Indian artists. From these paintings many new species were described. A scarce work. Nissen ZBI, 1686; Horn-Schenkling 8390.

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HEWITSON, W.C. - Illustrations of new species of exotic butterflies, selected chiefly from the collections of W. Wilson Saunders and William C. Hewitson. http://www.antiquariaatjunk.com/item.php?item=9984&s_currency= HEWITSON, W.C.

Illustrations of new species of exotic butterflies, selected chiefly from the collections of W. Wilson Saunders and William C. Hewitson.

London, J. van Voorst, (1851)-1876. 5 volumes. 4to (280 x 215mm). With 300 hand-coloured lithographed plates and descriptive text. Contemporary green half calf, gilt lettered spines in 6 compartments, topedges gilt (one spine with old repair).

An almost spotless copy of this rare and superbly illustrated work on exotic butterflies. Only 35 copies were subscribed. The Newcastle-on-Tyne naturalist Hewitson (1806-1878) spent most of his life to gather an enormous collection of butterflies, which most probably was the largest in the whole world. Among his numerous publications, the above work may surely be called his 'Magnum Opus'. It is very seldom found complete, because it was published in 100 parts during a period of 25 years. The beautiful attractive plates are all after the author's own drawings and lithographed by Hullmandel. Hewitson was a very skilled artist and particularly well known for his plates in 'The Genera of Diurnal Lepidoptera' by E. Doubleday and J.O. Westwood. As a pictorial describer of butterflies, Hewitson stands unrivalled. Nissen ZBI, 1930; Horn & Schenkling 10288.

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LEECH, H.J. - Butterflies from China, Japan, and Corea. http://www.antiquariaatjunk.com/item.php?item=9983&s_currency= LEECH, H.J.

Butterflies from China, Japan, and Corea.

London, R.H. Porter, 1892-1894. 3 volumes. 4to (285 x 220mm). pp. lv, (7), 1-298; (2), 297-681; (4), with 48 (43 chromo-) lithographed plates and 1 folded chromolithographed map (map to illustrate the butterflies from Japan, North China, and the Korea by J.H. Leech). Contemporary brown half morocco, richly gilt decorated spines in 6 compartments with gilt lettering.

A beautifully produced work on the butterflies of the Far East. "Great care and planning went into his ambitious scheme to explore Japan, Korea, and the little known parts of the northwestern Himalaya and central and western China. He set up collecting stations and trained local people to collect for him. In addition he employed well-known western collectors, such as Albert Stewart Meek (1871-?), who had done so much successful collecting for Lord Rothschild... He was largely successful and his work still stands out as a standard reference work" (Gilbert, Butterfly collectors and painters p. 106). Leech described many species new to science in the present work. John Henry Leech (1862-1900) was educated at Eton and Trinity Hall, Cambridge and developed an early interest in entomology, in particular, the Coleoptera and Lepidoptera. Original printed wrappers bound in at end of each volume. A very fine copy. Provenance: Bookplate of J. Fenwick Lansdowne. Nissen ZBI, 2414.

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BUTLER, A.G. - Illustrations of typical specimens of Lepidoptera Heterocera in the collection of the British Museum. http://www.antiquariaatjunk.com/item.php?item=9971&s_currency= BUTLER, A.G.

Illustrations of typical specimens of Lepidoptera Heterocera in the collection of the British Museum.

London, Printed by order of the Trustees, 1879-1893. Volumes 3, 5, 6 and 7 (of 9). 4to (320 x 250mm). With plates 41-60, 78-100, 101-120, 121-138, all beautifully handcoloured lithographed plates, and descriptive text. Publisher's cloth.

Arthur Gardiner Butler (1844-1925) was Assistant Keeper of the Department of Zoology for a period of 38 years. "The object of this work is to facilitate the study of Lepidoptera Heterocera by giving illustrations, accompanied by short diagnoses, of the typical specimens in the British Museum from which species have been described in other works or are described now for the first time" (from the Introduction). First volume with library stamp on plates. Nissen ZBI, 781.

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OBERTHÜR, C. - Études d'Entomologie. Deuxième livraison: NOUVEAUX LÉPIDOPTÈRES DE LA CHINE. http://www.antiquariaatjunk.com/item.php?item=9966&s_currency= OBERTHÜR, C.

Études d'Entomologie. Deuxième livraison: NOUVEAUX LÉPIDOPTÈRES DE LA CHINE.

Rennes, Imp. Oberthür et fils, 1876. 8vo (300 x 205mm). pp. 34, with 4 lithographed plates. Publisher's printed wrappers.

The subtitle is: Espèces nouvelles de Lépidoptères Recueillis en Chine par M. l'abbé A. David. The present work is a rare contribution to the entomology of China. "The first and most famous of the missionaries to investigate the botany of China in the nineteenth century was Père Armand David, one of the most accomplished naturalists ever to visit the Far East. As well as collecting a multitude of new plant species during his extensive journeys into unexplored areas of China, he also discovered new birds, mammals, reptiles and insects" (Kilpatrick. 'Fathers of botany. The discovery of Chinese plants by European missionaries' p. 9). Nissen ZBI,111 2997.

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ENGRAMELLE, M.D.J. - Papillons d'Europe, peints d'après nature par M. Ernst, gravé par M. Gerardin et coloriés sous leur direction ... Décrits par le R.P. Engramelle. http://www.antiquariaatjunk.com/item.php?item=9951&s_currency= ENGRAMELLE, M.D.J.

Papillons d'Europe, peints d'après nature par M. Ernst, gravé par M. Gerardin et coloriés sous leur direction ... Décrits par le R.P. Engramelle.

Paris, Delaguette/ Basan & Poignant, 1779-1792 (-1793). 8 volumes, bound in 4. Large-4to (295 x 235mm). With 3 (2 hand-coloured) engraved frontispieces, and 353 engraved plates of which 350 are beautifully hand-coloured. Contemporary full red morocco, sides with gilt border, richly gilt decorated spines in 6 compartments, gilt edges and inside dentelles (one volume ends of spine a bit worn).

A splendidly bound copy of the most sumptuously produced French work on butterflies. It was issued in an edition of 250 copies only, and the subscribers were the French King, members of the Royal Family, the King of Spain and Sweden as well as a great number of notabilities and scientists such as the Duc d'Aumont and le Compte de Buffon. The text is by Engramelle (1727-1781) an Augustinian friar, musician and naturalist. Ernst is mentionned as illustrator, however, from 1785, it was Maria Eleon Hochecker who prepared most of the plates. The 3 plain plates show instruments for catching and mounting butterflies. The charming frontispieces and plates are superbly hand-coloured and belong to the very best made in the field of entomological illustration. "The 'Papillons d'Europe', one of the most ambitious entomological publications of the eighteenth century began to appear in Paris 1779. Included in the impressive list of subscribers were the King and other members of the French Royal Family. Ten years later, as the French Revolution gathered momentum, instalments of the 'Papillons d'Europe' continued to appear. Even when the Terror was reducing the ranks of the people who might buy expensive publications about natural history, further instalments appeared for sale in the Paris bookshops. Publication ended in 1793, after more than 350 plates had been issued. How a publisher could have continued to publish such a book throughout these terrible years is something of a mystery. It is known that a stock of some of the plates was not distributed, presumably because some of the subscribers had lost interest in the publication after a visit to the guillotine. The high quality of the plates of the hand coloured engravings is well seen? "(S.D. Dance & E.G. Hancock. Butterflies, moths and other insects p. 52). Occasional light browning to text, the plates being printed on thicker paper are not affected and in very fine condition. Nissen, ZBI 1300; Horn-Schenkling 6051.

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L'ADMIRAL, J. - Naauwkeurige Waarneemingen omtrent de veranderingen van veele Insekten of gekorvene Diertjes, die in omtrent vijftig Jaaren, zo in Vrankrijk, als in Engeland en Holland, bij een verzameld naar 't Leven konstig afgetekend en in 't Koper gebragt zijn. http://www.antiquariaatjunk.com/item.php?item=9935&s_currency= L'ADMIRAL, J.

Naauwkeurige Waarneemingen omtrent de veranderingen van veele Insekten of gekorvene Diertjes, die in omtrent vijftig Jaaren, zo in Vrankrijk, als in Engeland en Holland, bij een verzameld naar 't Leven konstig afgetekend en in 't Koper gebragt zijn.

Amsterdam, J. Sluyter, 1774. Folio (440 x 265mm). pp. (iv), 34, (2), with 1 handcoloured engraved title-vignette and 33 handcoloured engraved plates. Contemporary half calf, gilt ornamented spine in 7 compartments with red gilt lettered label.

A large uncut copy of the second enlarged edition edited by M. Houttuyn. "One year after the author's death his collection of butterflies and other insects was sold in auction. The copperplates of the first edition and letterpress was bought in auction by Sluyter. Houttuyn who had borrowed eight plates with description from Ladmiral when he was working on the section Butterflies for his edition of Linnaeus, offered the publisher to edit these together with the first 25 plates. In total seventy metamorphoses are depicted on thirty-three hand-coloured plates" (Landwehr 105). Second enlarged edition of this attractive work on butterflies, their larvae and their food plants. The first edition was published in 1740 with 25 plates only. The fine plates were all drawn and etched by l'Admiral himself. He was a gifted amateur entomologist, who began to study insects at the early age of ten years. The plates in this copy are particularly well coloured and more attention has been paid to details than other copies we have sold or seen. Occasional slight dampstaining at the out margin of some text leaves not affecting the fine plates. Hagen I, 3; Horn & Schenkling 53: "Selten"

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DUPONCHEL, P.A.J. & GUÉNÉE, A. - Iconographie des Chenilles, pour faire suite à l'ouvrage intitulé: Histoire Naturelle des Lépidoptères, ou Papillons de France. http://www.antiquariaatjunk.com/item.php?item=9928&s_currency= DUPONCHEL, P.A.J. & GUÉNÉE, A.

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

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.

A fine copy preserved in its original printed wrappers. The first rare issue of probably the finestwork 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.

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ENGRAMELLE, M.D.J. - Papillons d'Europe, peints d'après nature par M. Ernst, gravé par M. Gerardin et coloriés sous leur direction ... Décrits par le R.P. Engramelle. http://www.antiquariaatjunk.com/item.php?item=9910&s_currency= ENGRAMELLE, M.D.J.

Papillons d'Europe, peints d'après nature par M. Ernst, gravé par M. Gerardin et coloriés sous leur direction ... Décrits par le R.P. Engramelle.

Paris, Delaguette/ Basan & Poignant, 1779-1792 (-1793). 8 volumes, bound in 6. Large-4to (320 x 245mm). With 3 (2 hand-coloured) engraved frontispieces, and 353 engraved plates of which 350 are beautifully hand-coloured. Contemporary green boards, spines with red gilt lettered label.

A large copy of the most sumptuously produced French work on butterflies. It was issued in an edition of 250 copies only, and the subscribers were the French King, members of the Royal Family, the King of Spain and Sweden as well as a great number of notabilities and scientists such as the Duc d'Aumont and le Compte de Buffon. The text is by Engramelle (1727-1781) an Augustinian friar, musician and naturalist. Ernst is mentionned as illustrator, however, from 1785, it was Maria Eleon Hochecker who prepared most of the plates. The 3 plain plates show instruments for catching and mounting butterflies. The charming frontispieces and plates are superbly hand-coloured and belong to the very best made in the field of entomological illustration. "The 'Papillons d'Europe', one of the most ambitious entomological publications of the eighteenth century began to appear in Paris 1779. Included in the impressive list of subscribers were the King and other members of the French Royal Family. Ten years later, as the French Revolution gathered momentum, instalments of the 'Papillons d'Europe' continued to appear. Even when the Terror was reducing the ranks of the people who might buy expensive publications about natural history, further instalments appeared for sale in the Paris bookshops. Publication ended in 1793, after more than 350 plates had been issued. How a publisher could have continued to publish such a book throughout these terrible years is something of a mystery. It is known that a stock of some of the plates was not distributed, presumably because some of the subscribers had lost interest in the publication after a visit to the guillotine. The high quality of the plates of the hand coloured engravings is well seen? "(S.D. Dance & E.G. Hancock. Butterflies, moths and other insects p. 52). Title page and French title of volume 6 somewhat smaller and supplied from another copy. A very fine and clean copy. Nissen, ZBI 1300; Horn-Schenkling 6051.

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SPULER, A. - Die Schmetterlinge Europas. http://www.antiquariaatjunk.com/item.php?item=9883&s_currency= SPULER, A.

Die Schmetterlinge Europas.

Dritte Auflage von Prof. E. Hoffmann's Werk: Die Gross-Schmetterlinge Europas (and:) IDEM. Die Raupen der Schmetterlinge Europas. Zweite Auflage von Dr. E. Hofmanns gleichnamigem Werke. Stuttgart, E. Schweizerbarthsche Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1904-1910. 4 volumes. Large-4to. With 155 coloured plates and about 400 figures in the text. Original pictorial full cloth.

Last and best edition of this extensively illustrated work on European Lepidoptera; its plates depict about 5500 illustrations. A fine complete set with the often lacking volume on the caterpillars ("Die Raupen").

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MERIAN, MARIA SIBYLLA. - Histoire des Insectes de l'Europe. Dessinée d'après nature... Où l'on traite de la Generation & des différentes Metamorphoses des Chenilles, Vers, Papillons, Mouches & autresInsectes; & des Plantes, des Fleurs & des Fruits dont ils se nourissent, Traduite du Hollandois en Francois par Jean Marret. http://www.antiquariaatjunk.com/item.php?item=9862&s_currency= MERIAN, MARIA SIBYLLA.

Histoire des Insectes de l'Europe. Dessinée d'après nature... Où l'on traite de la Generation & des différentes Metamorphoses des Chenilles, Vers, Papillons, Mouches & autresInsectes; & des Plantes, des Fleurs & des Fruits dont ils se nourissent, Traduite du Hollandois en Francois par Jean Marret.

Amsterdam, J.F. Bernard, 1730. Folio (515 x 365mm). pp. (4), 84 with 1 fine contemporary hand-coloured engraved frontispiece within a garland of flowers, 94 contemporary hand-coloured engraved plates containing 184 engravings, one hand-coloured engraved vignette and 1 title-vignette. Contemporary calf, gilt decorated spine in 10 compartments with gilt lettered red label (some old restorations and original spine laid down).

First French edition, the De Luxe issue with 2 engravings, occasionally one, printed on one leaf instead of 4 in the regular edition. Only a very few copies are known of this special issue . This rare special issue, where the engravings are printed on 94 leaves instead of 47 is mentioned by Pfeiffer 'Die Werke der Maria Sibylle Merian' (1931) Nr. A, 8 (page 28) with the following comment: 'Nur wenige Exemplare...' The book is a French translation of Merian's 'Der Rupsen Begin, Voedzel en Wonderbaare Verandering' (1713-1717), which was issued in 3 parts in 4to. Merian's 'Histoire des Insectes de l'Europe' includes her earlier published 'Blumenbuch', of which the first edition of 1675-1680 was sold a few years ago at auction for Pounds 565,250 (including premium). Of the second edition renamed 'Neues Blumenbuch' only 6 copies have survived. Frédéric Bernard, the publisher of the 'Histoire des Insectes...', had purchased the copper plates of the 'Der Rupsen Begin' and the 'Blumenbuch' from Johannes Oosterwyk, and believed that the plates for the 'Blumenbuch' had not previously been published, which suggests that Merian's earlier work had already been forgotten. Maria Sibylla Merian was one of the first to observe and describe metamorphoses of European insects, portraying, describing and publishing them with painstaking precision. Her 'Der Rupsen Begin' is a pioneer study. It is dedicated to 'explorers of nature, art-painters and garden lovers'. Maria Sibylla Merian was one of the most remarkable naturalists of the 17th and 18th century, daughter of the renowned publisher Matthäus Merian of Frankfurt. Already at the early age of thirteen she began studying insects. She became the most celebrated woman artist of her time and many of her drawings were acquired by Tsar Peter the Great. "The work of these years consisted of both scientific and artistic activity: Merian collected and raised insects, fed them with their host plants, observed them, described and drew their metamorphoses from egg to caterpillar and from pupa to butterfly imago. She then compiled her individual observations and studies in pictorial compositions" (Maria Sibylla Merian, Artist and Naturalist 1647-1717, p. 103). A interesting association copy. Provenance: Armorial bookplate of Marmaduke Tunstall (1743-1790) famous English ornithologist and collector. His 'Ornithologica Britannica' (1771) is the first British work to use binominal nomenclature. In 1771 he was elected fellow of the Royal Society. His private museum which was moved to Wycliffe, his private estate, was one of the finest in England. Nissen BBI, 1342; M.A. Pfeiffer p. 28; K. Wettengl 'Maria Sibylla Merian 1647-1717 Artist and Naturalist', no. 156 page 247.

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GROSE SMITH, H. & KIRBY, W.F. - Rhopalocera Exotica, being Illustrations of New, Rare, and Unfigured Species of Butterflies. http://www.antiquariaatjunk.com/item.php?item=9859&s_currency= GROSE SMITH, H. & KIRBY, W.F.

Rhopalocera Exotica, being Illustrations of New, Rare, and Unfigured Species of Butterflies.

London, Gurney & Jackson, 1887-1902. 3 volumes. Large-4to (284 x 220mm). With 180 hand-coloured lithographed plates and descriptive text. Contemporary red half morocco, spines in 6 compartments with gilt lines and lettering, topedges gilt.

A beautifully illustrated and rare work on exotic butterflies. As the work was issued in 60 parts over a period of 15 years complete copies are scarce. "The present work is designed to illustrate some of the rarer and more beautiful new species of butterflies which are continually being sent to Europe from all parts of the world by travellers and missionaries, as well as professional collectors, and it may be regarded as supplementary to late Mr. Hewitson's 'Exotic Butterflies', and 'Illustrations of Diurnal Lepidoptera' ... The insects figured and described in this volume are chiefly selected from the Collection of Mr. Grose Smith, and with a very few exceptions have not been previously figured" (From the Preface). Butterflies were also selected from the collections of W. Rothschild, Staudinger and a.o. Hewitson. All original printed wrappers are bound in. A very fine copy. Provenance: Armorial bookplate of William Bree, Archdeacon of Coventry. Nissen ZBI, 1728.

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ABBOT, J. & SMITH, J.E. - The Natural History of the Rarer Lepidopterous Insects of Georgia. http://www.antiquariaatjunk.com/item.php?item=9748&s_currency= ABBOT, J. & SMITH, J.E.

The Natural History of the Rarer Lepidopterous Insects of Georgia.

London, T. Bensley for J. Edwards, Cadell and Davies, and J. White, 1797. 2 volumes. Folio (405 x 315mm). pp. (8), xvi, (1), 1-98; pp. (4), 99-208, (6, index), with 104 fine handcoloured engraved plates. Contemporary maroon straight-grained morocco, richly gilt decorated sides, richly gilt spines with gilt lettering, gilt turn-ins, gilt edges.

First edition, later issue, of this beautifully illustrated treatise on the Lepidoptera and associated flora of the American South. It is the first work devoted to American lepidoptera. The text is in English as well as in French. John Abbot, born in London in 1751, became a professional natural history collector and illustrator, supplying specimens and paintings to many of the famous cabinets in Great Britain. He emigrated to Virginia in 1773, and later settled in Georgia, where he took part in the Revolution. Although he executed several thousand watercolour drawings of the American flora and fauna, this is his only published work. It was prepared by James Smith, president of the Linnaean Society, who verified the species and added his own notes. In his preface he remarks how this is the first treatise on the entomology of North America. In preparing Abbot's notes and checking identifications, he had recourse to several collections containing specimens and illustrations supplied by Abbot, including that of Sir Joseph Banks. The plates are some of the finest ever made of butterflies and moths, and are notable for including all the stages of metamorphosis, along with the food plants of the species. They were engraved by J. Harris from Abbot's original drawings. Most copies of this work are of the early 19th century issue, with watermarks as late as 1822. Our copy has some watermarks dated 1794, 1820 and 1822. A splendidly bound copy in mint condition with the book plate of Albert Edgar Lownes, (1899-1979), famous American book collector. Dunthorne 287; Great flower books 76; Nissen ZBI, 2.

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FREYER, C.F. - Neuere Beiträge zur Schmetterlingskunde mit Abbildungen nach der Natur. http://www.antiquariaatjunk.com/item.php?item=9662&s_currency= FREYER, C.F.

Neuere Beiträge zur Schmetterlingskunde mit Abbildungen nach der Natur.

Augsburg, beim Verfasser/ in Kommission bei der C. Kollmann'schen Buchhandlung/ in Kommission bei der Matth. Rieger'schen Buchhandlung, (1827) 1833-1858. 7 volumes. 4to (215 x 175mm), with the lithographed portrait of the author and 700 hand-coloured engraved plates. Contemporary green half morocco, richly gilt decorated spines with gilt lettering, green marbled sides.

First and only edition. One of the rarest lepidopterological iconographies, published in 120 parts over a period of 25 years. Our copy has the rare portrait which is mostly not present.The plates were drawn, engraved and coloured by the author. The plates are very finely handcoloured and depict 2-4 butterflies each, often figured with its caterpillars and feeding plants. W. Junk in his 'Rara' (1926-36) states that the above work has become very rare: "Exemplare der 'Neueren Beiträge' sind sehr selten geworden". Christian Friedrich Freyer (1794-1886) was to become the second famous Augsburg entomologist after Jacob Hübner. Hübner died in 1826 but Freyer had been in close contact with him. In order to keep the costs as low as possible Freyer taught himself the art of drawing, colouring and engraving. "das Radieren auf Kupfertafeln erlernt und der Natur das Illuminieren der niedlichen Geschöpfe in allen Farbnuancirungen förmlich abgelauscht hatte, um dieselben möglichst getreue copiren zu können"(Wulzinger). In the preface of the 5th volume Freyer informs his readers that he received numerous contributions from other German entomologists "Mit Eifer und Fleiss wurde ich fortwährend von den meisten Entomologen Deutschlands bei diesem Werk unterstützt". "An den 'Neueren Beiträgen zur Schmetterlingskunde' arbeitet Freyer 25 Jahre lang, von 1833 bis 1858. Es entstehen sieben Bände mit insgesamt 1173 Seiten Text und 700 kolorierten Kupfertafeln, auf denen 1271 Falter, ihre Raupen auf der 'Nährungspflanze' sowie ihre Puppen abgebildet sind, ''auf schön holländischem Papier mit dem dazugehörigen Texte". Der Text ist nicht systematisch aufgebaut. Vielmehr scheint Freyer lediglich die Lücken im bisherigen Wissenschaft füllen zu wollen"(Pfeuffer p. 116). The last volume has irregular pagination as in all copies, pages 1-106, 105-168, 177-195 (the gap in pagination conforms to other copies; pages 169-176 were not printed, and two different leaves are paginated 105-6). Hagen I, 251; Horn & Schenkling 7070. Junk 'Rara' p. 130; Nissen ZBI, 1427. Also see: Pfeuffer (Ed.) Von der Natur fasziniert... Frühe Augsburger Naturforscher und ihre Bilder pp. 114-131; Wulzinger. Nekrolog. Christian Friederich Freyer (1887); Olivier. Christian Friederich Freyer's 'Neue Beiträge...': an analysis with new data on its publication dates (2000).

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SAALMÜLLER, M. & HEYDEN, L. VON. - Lepidopteren von Madagascar. Neue und wenig bekannte Arten zumeist aus der Sammlung der Senckenberg'schen naturforschenden Gesellschaft zu Frankfurt am Main unter Berücksichtigung der gesammten Lepidopteren-Fauna Madagascars. http://www.antiquariaatjunk.com/item.php?item=9634&s_currency= SAALMÜLLER, M. & HEYDEN, L. VON.

Lepidopteren von Madagascar. Neue und wenig bekannte Arten zumeist aus der Sammlung der Senckenberg'schen naturforschenden Gesellschaft zu Frankfurt am Main unter Berücksichtigung der gesammten Lepidopteren-Fauna Madagascars.

Frankfurt am Main, Selbstverlag der Gesellschaft /M. Diesterweg, 1884-1891. 2 volumes (bound in one). 4to (290 x 225mm). pp. 531, with 1 portrait, 1 coloured frontispiece and 14 coloured plates. Contemporary half calf, gilt lettered spine.

The first volume concerns: Rhopalocera, Heterocera: Sphinges et Bombyces, the second volume: Heterocera: Noctua. Geometrae. Microlepidoptera. The beautifully designed frontispiece is a dedication to Gräfin Luise Bose 'Beschützerin der Senckenbergischen naturforschenden Gesellschaft zu Frankfurt'. Nissen ZBI, 3544.

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BUTLER, A.G. - Illustrations of typical specimens of Lepidoptera Heterocera in the collection of the British Museum. http://www.antiquariaatjunk.com/item.php?item=9376&s_currency= BUTLER, A.G.

Illustrations of typical specimens of Lepidoptera Heterocera in the collection of the British Museum.

London, Printed by order of the Trustees, 1877-1893. 9 volumes. 4to (320 x 250mm). With 176 beautifully handcoloured lithographed plates, and descriptive text. Publisher's cloth.

Arthur Gardiner Butler (1844-1925) was Assistant Keeper of the Department of Zoology for a period of 38 years. "The object of this work is to facilitate the study of Lepidoptera Heterocera by giving illustrations, accompanied by short diagnoses, of the typical specimens in the British Museum from which species have been described in other works or are described now for the first time" (from the Introduction). Junk 'Rara' p. 224: 'Complete copies of this beautiful work are very rare'. Library duplicate release stamp on titles, one spine cloth partly gone, spines very slightly rubbed. A very clean copy. Nissen ZBI, 781.

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HEEGER, E. - Beiträge zur Schmetterlingskunde oder Abbildungen und Beschreibungen neuer Sicilianischer Schmetterlinge. http://www.antiquariaatjunk.com/item.php?item=9348&s_currency= HEEGER, E.

Beiträge zur Schmetterlingskunde oder Abbildungen und Beschreibungen neuer Sicilianischer Schmetterlinge.

Wien, J.P. Sollinger, 1838. 4to (280 x 220mm). pp. 7, with 1 hand-coloured lithographed plate. Publisher's printed wrappers.

All published. Plate with marginal paper repair not affecting the illustration. Horn-Schenkling 9961.

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WARD, C. - African Lepidoptera, being descriptions of new species. http://www.antiquariaatjunk.com/item.php?item=9344&s_currency= WARD, C.

African Lepidoptera, being descriptions of new species.

London, Longmans, Green & Co. (1873-1875 ?). 3 parts. 4to (295 x 230mm). pp. 16, with 18 (12 hand-coloured) plates. Unbound in original printed wrappers.

Junk describes the work in his JUNK RARA II pp. 136 as follows: "Part 1 (February 1873). Coloured plates 1-6 (37 figures) with letterpress, pages 1-8. Contents: Papilio constantinus, evombar. Pieris manahari, antsianaka, cebron, capricornus, rhodanus. Eronia vohemara, verulanus. Amauris nossima. Salamis anteva. Junoniakowara. Acraea satis, pentapolis, peneleos, polydestes, pharsalus. Part 2 (Sept. 1874). Coloured plates 7-12 (41 figures) with letterpress, page 9-16. Contents: Acraea manadaza, masamba, masonala, hova. Godartia crossleyi, trajanus, Neptis biafra. Euryphene camarensis, ribensis, comus, nivaria, porphirion. Harma capella, cyclades, ciceronis. Mycalesis vola, ankova, iboina, antahala. Part 3 (1875 ?). Black plates 13-18 (35 figures) without letterpress. Contents: Papilio colonna, philonoë, andronicus, Acraea cydonis, sambavae, rabbaiea, satis. Godartia wakefieldii. Diadema usambara. Charaxes hadnanus, andara, andriba, analeva, andranadorus. Mycalesis avelona, Erebia rakoto, ankaratra, passandava, n.sp.? Part 1 and 2 contain figures and descriptions of new species chiefly from Madagascar, then from the Camaroons, Old Calabar and Ribé (East Africa). The descriptions are copied (literally) from Ward's 2 papers (published in 'Entomologist's Monthly Magazine' volumes 6-9 and 8-9): 'Descriptions of new species of Diurnal Lepidopt. From Madagascar'. and 'Descriptions of new species of African Diurnal Lepidoptera'. The second paper is continued also through volume 10 of the 'E.E.M.' and I have no doubt that the species described in the continuation are those figured there in the 3rd part, which has no letterpress. This very beautiful work is highly important for the knowledge of the East African Fauna, as it contains 55 new species. Ward has not written any other work and also the "A.L." were - perhaps owing to the death of the author - soon interrupted. The book may be considered as the rarest of all modern works on Butterflies. My copy is the first I have ever seen, though I have searched for the book for more than 20 years. But, what is the chief thing: my copy is an unicum as it includes a third part quite unknown till today, which, as it seems, had never been in the trade; for neither are the plates coloured nor has it a letterpress, and the numbers of the plates as well as the name of the butterflies are not printed but only neatly written by pencil". We presume that Junk was wrong when he thought his copy to be an unicum, as we have sold a few copies in recent years.

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VERITY, R. - Rhopalocera Palaearctica, iconographie et description des Papillons Diurnes de la région paléarctique. http://www.antiquariaatjunk.com/item.php?item=9333&s_currency= VERITY, R.

Rhopalocera Palaearctica, iconographie et description des Papillons Diurnes de la région paléarctique.

Florence, Roger Verity, 1905-1911. Folio (330 x 245mm). 2 volumes (bound in one). pp. lxxxvi, (2), 368; xii, with 86 (41 coloured) plates and 2 (1 coloured) maps. Contemporary half calf, spine with gilt lettered label (head of spine worn)

A scarce work published in a small edition. "Ouvrage illustré, très important, édité à Florence, de1905 à 1911; c'est un magnifique travail, remarquablement illustré. Il est indispensable de la consulter pour toutes les études relatives aux Papilionidae et Pieridae palaearctiques" (Oberthür, Etudes Lépidopterologiques comp. vol. xi).

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STEPHENS, J.F. - Illustrations of British Entomology; or, a synopsis of indigenous insects: containing their generic and specific distinctions; with an account of their metamorphoses, times of appearance, localities, food, and economy, as far as practicable. http://www.antiquariaatjunk.com/item.php?item=9326&s_currency= STEPHENS, J.F.

Illustrations of British Entomology; or, a synopsis of indigenous insects: containing their generic and specific distinctions; with an account of their metamorphoses, times of appearance, localities, food, and economy, as far as practicable.

Haustellata (&) Mandibulata. London, Baldwin and Cradock/ Henry G.Bohn, 1828-1846. 12 volumes (including supplement). Royal-8vo (243 x 150mm). With 95 fine handcoloured plates. Recent red half calf, spine with 2 black gilt lettered labels.

This extensive work consists of 7 volumes comprising the Mandibulata, 4 volumes comprising the Haustellata, and 1 supplement-volume. The plates are beautifully coloured by hand, all after drawings by C.M. Curtis and J.O. Westwood. James Francis Stephens (1792-1852) 'worked for many years as a clerk in the Admiralty, London. In 1818 he was seconded to the British Museum, and on completion of his work returned to the Admiralty. He made a large insect collection, which contained many type specimens. After his retirement this collection was purchased by the British Museum. Stephens published many important works...' (Harvey, Gilbert & Martin, A Catalogue of manuscripts in the Entomological Library... 309). Plate xxxix is bound in twice and is counted as one plate. A nice copy. Provenance: Armorial bookplate of Haster Hollist and bookplate of J. d'Aguilar Nissen ZBI, 3994; Horn-Schenkling 21375.

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LUCAS, H. - Histoire Naturelle des Lépidoptères d'Europe, ouvrage orné de près de 400 figures, peintes d'après nature par A. Noel. http://www.antiquariaatjunk.com/item.php?item=9306&s_currency= LUCAS, H.

Histoire Naturelle des Lépidoptères d'Europe, ouvrage orné de près de 400 figures, peintes d'après nature par A. Noel.

Paris, Paquet/ L. Debure, 1834. 8vo (225 x 135mm). pp. (4), 216, with 80 fine hand-coloured engraved plates. Contemporary half calf (joints splitting)

First edition of this attractively illustrated work on European butterflies. Three editions were published of which the 3rd one in 1864. Hippolyte Pierre Lucas (1814-1899), at the early age of 13 started to work as 'apprenti-preparateur' in the Zoological laboratory of the Paris Museum. Later he worked closely together with Latreille. Lacks handcoloured engraved half-title. Nissen ZBI, 2580.

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GAY, C. - Historia fisica y politica de Chile: ATLAS ZOOLOGIA. http://www.antiquariaatjunk.com/item.php?item=9285&s_currency= GAY, C.

Historia fisica y politica de Chile: ATLAS ZOOLOGIA.

Paris, Thunot, 1854. Folio (360 x 285mm). With 133 (of 135) engraved or lithographed plates. Recentbrown half calf, gilt lettered spine.

Apart from one plate in the section of Arachnids and one bird plate 'Loyca' a complete copy of the zoological atlas of this famous and comprehensive natural history work on Chile. Gay was a French naturalist who on the instigation of Desfontaines and Jussieu departed to Chile to study its flora, fauna and geology during a period of almost 11 years. This monumental work was financed by the Chilian government. "Le plus vaste monument scientifiqe depuis l'oeuvre immortelle de Humboldt ait été publié sur l'Amérique méridionale" (Nouv. Bibl. Gén.). The atlas comprises amongst others 10 plates on mammals, 13 on birds, 9 on herpetology, 17 on fishes, 32 on coleoptera, 7 on lepidoptera; 14 on shells. The excellent plates are by Werner, A.Prevost, P. Oudart, Prêtre, Blanchard, the best natural history French artists of the period. Two issues were published, one with plain plates as the above copy and one with handcoloured plates. Zimmer I, 237; Nissen ZBI, 1488.

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DRURY, D. - Illustrations of natural history. Wherein are exhibited upwards of two hundred and forty figures of exotic insects, according to their different genera; very few of which have hitherto been figured by any author, being engraved and coloured from nature, with the greatest accuracy, and under the author's own inspection ... With a particular description of each insect: interspersed with remarks and reflections on the nature and properties of many of them. To which is added, a translation into French. http://www.antiquariaatjunk.com/item.php?item=9267&s_currency= DRURY, D.

Illustrations of natural history. Wherein are exhibited upwards of two hundred and forty figures of exotic insects, according to their different genera; very few of which have hitherto been figured by any author, being engraved and coloured from nature, with the greatest accuracy, and under the author's own inspection ... With a particular description of each insect: interspersed with remarks and reflections on the nature and properties of many of them. To which is added, a translation into French.

London, printed for the author, 1770-1782. 3 volumes. Large-4to (303 x 230mm). With 1 plain engraved key-plate and 150 handcoloured engraved plates. Later half calf, spines in 5 compartments with gilt lines and lettering.

An uncut and large copy of the very rare first edition of one of the most attractive English entomological works on exotic insects. Dru Drury (1725-1803) was the son of a silversmith. "By virtue of his marriage and inheritance of the family business he was a reasonably wealthy man who could afford to support his most serious hobby entomology. Drury's collection had great fame during his life time. He spent much time and money persuading others to collect specimens for him from foreign countries. He had a wide correspondence with entomologists around the world. Linnaeus (1707-1778) and Willliam Kirby (1759-1850) both named species after him" (Harvey, Gilbert & Martin, A catalogue of manuscripts in the Entomological library... 119). The majority of the fine plates were drawn and engraved by Moses Harris. "Although originally conceived as a publication to illustrate all the specimens that came in, Drury soon changed his mind and eventually decided to illustrate only those specimens which had not previously been drawn. Years later, the eminent British entomologist W.F. Kirby described the work as an 'Opus entomologicus splendissimus'!" (Gilbert, Butterfly Collectors and Painters, p.140). After his death his enormous collection of about 11.000 species was sold at a London auction for 614 Pound; it was Donovan who saw his unique chance and bought most of the British specimens. The text is in English and French. A fine copy. PNissen ZBI, 1160; Horn & Schenkling 5267 'Selten'.

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CANTENER, L.P. - Histoire Naturelle des Lépidoptères Rhopalocères ou Papillons Diurnes, des départemens des Haut et Bas Rhin, de la Moselle, de la Meurthe et des Vosges. http://www.antiquariaatjunk.com/item.php?item=9259&s_currency= CANTENER, L.P.

Histoire Naturelle des Lépidoptères Rhopalocères ou Papillons Diurnes, des départemens des Haut et Bas Rhin, de la Moselle, de la Meurthe et des Vosges.

Paris, Roret/ Levrault, 1834. 8vo (210 x 125mm). pp. 166, with 39 lithographed plates. Contemporaryred half calf, gilt ornamented and lettered spine.

Published in 13 parts the work was issued with plain and coloured plates. The present copy is the issue with plain plates. Horn & Schenkling 3111 'Selten'.

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DOUBLEDAY, E. & WESTWOOD, J.O. - The genera of Diurnal Lepidoptera: comprising their generic characters, a notice of their habits and transformations, and a catalogue of the species of each genus. http://www.antiquariaatjunk.com/item.php?item=9251&s_currency= DOUBLEDAY, E. & WESTWOOD, J.O.

The genera of Diurnal Lepidoptera: comprising their generic characters, a notice of their habits and transformations, and a catalogue of the species of each genus.

London, Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1846-1852. 2 volumes. Folio (375 x 270mm). pp. xi, (1), 1-250; (2), 251- 534, with 86 lithographed plates of which 85 splendidly handcoloured. Contemporary green half morocco, richly gilt decorated spines in 6 compartments, marbled sides (minor skilful repair to bindings).

One of the rarest and most beautiful iconographies on butterflies. The magnificently handcoloured plates were drawn and lithographed by William C. Hewitson. Hewitson was a very wealthy naturalist and formed the most complete collection of diurnal lepidoptera of the world (now in the British Museum). "Hewitson was a most accomplished artist and scrupulously accurate draughtsman, and his figures, whether of birds' eggs or butterflies, are drawn and coloured with conscientious care ... In his own line, as a pictorial describer of butterflies, Hewitson stands unrivalled" (DNB. IX pp. 758-59). The work was published in 54 parts. The first 31 parts by Doubleday and due to his early death the work was continued by Westwood. The work is fully discussed by F. Hemming in the "Journal of the Soc. for Bibl. of Nat. Hist. Vol. I,11. pp. 335-464". 'The number of new species figured by Doubleday is very considerable, and is even larger than appears at first sight' (Hemming). "Westwood remarked that the butterfly collection of the British Museum was 'one of the finest ever formed', and Doubleday based his work on that collection, gaining other information. Particularly on butterfly habits, from manuscripts and drawings also in the British Museum. The famous collection of drawings by John Abbot painted in America and sent to England, plus those of General Hardwicke's collection of Indian drawings gave much of this information"(Gilbert. Butterfly Collectors and Painters p. 82). The first plate, an anatomical plate, was never coloured. A fine copy without any foxing. Horn & Schenkling 5034: "Sehr selten"; Nissen ZBI, 1150.

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FISCHER DE WALDHEIM, J.G. - Entomographia Imperii Russici./ Entomographie de la Russie. http://www.antiquariaatjunk.com/item.php?item=9212&s_currency= FISCHER DE WALDHEIM, J.G.

Entomographia Imperii Russici./ Entomographie de la Russie.

Moscou, Société Impériale des Naturalistes/ Imprimerie Semen, 1820-1828. Volumes I-III (of 5). 4to (260 x 210mm). With 4 hand-coloured engraved frontispiece-titles and 82 fine hand-coloured engraved plates. Recent half cloth with 2 red and 1 black gilt lettered labels, marbled sides.

The first 3 volumes of the rarest and most beautifully produced work on Russian entomology. Dr. W. Junk in his '50 Jahre Antiquar' lists the book in his chapter 'Introuvable' (page 307). The first major contribution on Russian entomology, preceded only by Pallas' 'Icones Insectorum praesertim Rossiae Sibiriaeque...' (1781-98). The edition of the present work was very small and the subscribers list in volume 2 and 3 only lists 167 subscribers. Of volumes 2 and 3 very few copies have been distributed and most probably these volumes were destroyed. 'Dans le préface du 4e volume de cet ouvrage l'auteur parle de la perte qu'il a faite de la presque totalité de ce qui existait des trois premiers volumes de l'Entomographie, occasionnée par des mains infidèles. Cette perte, qui porte particulièrement sur le 2e volume, et plus encore sur le 3me, dont il n'avait été distribué que peu d'exemplaires, à réduit à bien petite nombre les exemplaires complets (Ekama, Fondation Teyler. Catalogue de la Bibliothèque p. 255). Johann Gotthelf Fischer von (de) Waldheim (1771-1853) was a German naturalist. The son of a linen weaver he was born in Waldheim, Saxony. He studied medicine in Leipzig and travelled to Paris with his friend Alexander von Humboldt and studied under Georges Cuvier. In 1804 he became professor of natural history at the Moscow University and the following year he founded the Imperial Society of naturalists of Moscow. He was one of the most prominent naturalists of his time and became famous for his scientific investigations of Russia. He was also known is some circles as 'Russia's Cuvier'. The work includes insects from Siberia. The collation of the work is as follows: Vol. I: pp. (4), viii, 210, xii, 104, with 26 hand coloured engraved plates and 2 hand-coloured engraved frontispiece-titles. The plates are numbered as follows: Coleoptera 1-17; Othoptera 1; Neuroptera 1-2; Lepidoptera 1-5; Coleoptera 1. Vol. II: pp. xx, 264, with 39 hand-coloured engraved plates and 1 engraved hand-coloured frontispiece-title. The plates are numbered as follows: Coleoptera 18-50; Lepidoptera 6-11. Vol. III: pp. viii, 314, with 17 hand coloured engraved plates and 1 hand-coloured frontispiece-title. The plates are numbered as follows: Coleoptera 1, 1*, 2-7, 7b, 7c, 8-14. At the beginning of the third volume some marginal dampstaining at the lower margin. Provenance: Bookplate of Reinold Charpentier. Name of Kikumaro Okano on inside front-cover. Nissen ZBI, 1377; Horn-Schenkling 6632; Hagen p. 235.

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DONOVAN, E. - The Naturalist's Repository, or miscellany of exotic natural history exhibiting rare and beautiful specimens of foreign birds, insects, shells, quadrupeds, fishes and marine productions; more especially such new subjects as have not hitherto been figured, or correctly described; forming a compendium of the most interesting modern discoveries in zoology. http://www.antiquariaatjunk.com/item.php?item=9202&s_currency= DONOVAN, E.

The Naturalist's Repository, or miscellany of exotic natural history exhibiting rare and beautiful specimens of foreign birds, insects, shells, quadrupeds, fishes and marine productions; more especially such new subjects as have not hitherto been figured, or correctly described; forming a compendium of the most interesting modern discoveries in zoology.

London, printed for the author, and Simpkin & Marshall, 1834. 5 volumes. Royal-8vo (245 x 152mm). With 180 handcoloured engraved plates. Publisher's cloth.

One of the most attractive, colourful natural history works of the period, describing many newly discovered exotic animals. The present copy is a title-edition of 1834, having the same plates and text as the first edition, with the only difference that a new title-page has been printed. The work was originally issued in monthly parts from 1823-7. The coloured plates are usually accompanied by one to three leaves of text. According to Buchannan 'Nature into Art', Donovan was particularly fond of using bright colours in his plates and the offered work is a very good example for this. 52 of the beautiful illustrations depict shells, 70 plates concern entomology and exotic butterflies figure extensively and 26 plates are devoted to birds. "It will be also seen from many of our pages that through the kindness of the late worthy president of the Royal Society, Sir Joseph Banks, the rich and truly scientific collection of that magnificent patron of sciences was ever open to us for the furtherance of our pursuits in Natural History; and of the object of the present work among others' (From the introduction). The work shows first depictions of butterflies and insects collected during the first Cook voyage such as plate 37 'Papilio Marica' of the second volume. Paper repair to title-pages, some traces of library stamps on verso of some plates not affecting the illustrations. Provenance: Handwritten name of Kikumaro Okano on inside front-covers. Nissen IVB, 259; Wood 323.

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DONOVAN, E. - Natural History of the Insects of India, containing upwards of two hundred and twenty figures and descriptions. http://www.antiquariaatjunk.com/item.php?item=9187&s_currency= DONOVAN, E.

Natural History of the Insects of India, containing upwards of two hundred and twenty figures and descriptions.

A new edition by J.O. Westwood. London, Henry G. Bohn, 1842. 4to (300 x 240mm). pp. vi, 102, with 58 fine handcoloured engraved plates. Contemporary green half morocco, spine with gilt lines and lettering (minor skilful repair).

The most beautiful work on the insects of India. The first edition was published in 1800. The superb handcoloured plates capture the metallic brilliance and iridescence of the exotic insects. Most of the plates depict butterflies together with exotic plants. Edward Donovan (1768-1837) published various zoological and entomological works. He owned one of the most extensive natural history collections of his time, housed in his private museum, the well-known London Museum and Institute of Natural History. " ... the paint is laid on so thickly that it is frequently impossible to see the engraved lines underneath. The already rich colouring is heightened by the addition of burnished highlights, albumen overglazes and metallic paints to give an overall effect reminiscent of the work of a miniaturist. Surprisingly, these techniques often combined to produce a very pleasing and delicate effect: the multiple ruses of the colourist triumph over the draughtsman's numerous failures. Donovan overreached himself and died penniless ..." (Dance, 'Art of Natural History' p. 87). The 'Insects of India' is the first illustrated publication dealing with the entomology of India. Provenance: Name of Kikumaro Okano on free endpaper. Nissen ZBI, 1143.

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[HOEFNAGEL, J.] SADELER, J. - [Archetypa Studiaque Patris Georgio Hoefnagelii]. Venetiis, aput Iust. Sadeler, circa 1614. http://www.antiquariaatjunk.com/item.php?item=9185&s_currency= [HOEFNAGEL, J.] SADELER, J.

[Archetypa Studiaque Patris Georgio Hoefnagelii]. Venetiis, aput Iust. Sadeler, circa 1614.

A suite of 38 engravings (145 x 210mm) after Hoefnagel's 'Archetypa'. Old boards.

Copies by Justus Sadeler of Hoefnagel's beautiful and influential pattern book, one of the principal sources of seventeenth century still life painting. Hoefnagel's 'Archetypa' consists of 4 parts with 52 engravings. Sadeler copies Hoefnagel, albeit with quite some changes. The lettering is different and there are a number of spelling mistakes. Many of the plates are slightly different adding small animals or replacing others. The second plate of the present work is dedicated to 'All' Illmo Sigr. mio Sigr. et Pron. Colmo. Il Sigr. Lorenzo Soranzo Podestà et Capitano di Treuiso' engraved by Jo. De Fris. DD. Each plate is illustrated with insects, small animals, flowers, fruits, vegetables, etc, most have captions in Latin. Sadeler's suite of plates seems to be even rarer than Hoefnagel's original. We offered in our catalogue 290 no. 40 (2011) a copy with 39 plates (one more plate than the present copy) and according to Dr. Sam Segal that copy was the most complete copy known. He only knows of 2 copies. One copy formely in the library of C.G. van Tubbergen, Haarlem with 31 plates and another one with 19 plates. WorldCat lists a copy in America with 37 plates, which was purchased from Lathrop Harper's catalogue 197 no. 58. It is however unknown if Sadeler's suite of plates ever contained the same number of plates as Hoefnagel's work. Justus Sadeler (Antwerp 1572?-c. 1620) was a member of a famous family of engravers and the son of Jan Sadeler I. "He was a pupil and assistant of his father, whom he followed to Munich and then to Italy. In 1601 Justus was recorded in Venice, where he spent the greater part of his career... Justus left a very small number of his own works... Otherwise his oeuvre consists mainly of copies after prints by Adrian Collaert, Joris Hoefnagel, Hendrick Hondius and Hans Vredeman de Vries" (Dictionary of Art). "The series of engravings in the 'Archetypa', published in Frankfurt in 1592 - showing close-up portraits of plants, insects, and small animals, with their sources in paintings by Joris Hoefnagel - immediately aroused the admiration of lovers of art and nature. The impressive depictions of the 'little world', the microcosm, were intended not merely as representations, but through their penetration into form and structure were also meant to provide a means of explaining the plan of creation - the macrocosm. Joris Hoefnagel was the last significant miniaturist of the late sixteenth century. His fame was, and continues to be, based on the illuminated manuscripts and cabinet miniatures that he produced on commissions from the Emperor Rudolf II and other courtly patrons. His son Jacob, building on his father's fame, produced a series of engravings based on his father's nature motifs, under the title 'Archetypa'... the engravings are accompanied by epigrams that give the images an emblematic quality extending beyond superficial representation" (T. Vignau-Wilberg p. 7). The full title of Hoefnagel's work is: 'Archetypa studiaque patris Georgii Hoefnagelii Jacobus F. genio duce ab ipso scalpta omnibus philomusis amice D. ac perbenigne communicat'. [Archetype and verses by G Hoefnagel, his father, are presented, engraved in copper under the guidance of his genius and communicated in friendship to all lovers of the Muses by his son Jacob]. Later copies of Hoefnagel's 'Archetypa', are known to have been published by Christian Weigel in Nürnberg, Jeremias Wolff in Augsburg, as well as single sheets by Nicolaes Johannes Vischer in 1630. A very clean copy with strong and fine impressions with wide margins. The leaves measure 220 x 295mm. T. Vignau-Wilberg. Archetypa Studiaque Patris Georgii Hoefnagelii. München 1994; Nissen ZBI, 1954.

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PANZER, G.W.F. & GEYER, C. - Faunae Insectorum Germanicae Initia oder Deutschlands Insecten. http://www.antiquariaatjunk.com/item.php?item=9184&s_currency= PANZER, G.W.F. & GEYER, C.

Faunae Insectorum Germanicae Initia oder Deutschlands Insecten.

Nürnberg, in der Felseckerschen Buchhandlung, 1793-1823. 110 parts, loose in old wrappers and preserved in 9 boxes. Oblong small-8vo (125 x 95mm). With 2640 beautifully handcoloured engraved plates, each plate with descriptive text. The attractive uniform boxes, with gilt ornamented and lettered spines and marbled sides are of a later date.

An attractive set of all that was published by Panzer, of the most beautiful miniature entomological work ever published. Panzer published parts 1-109 and the final part of this set was published by Geyer. The splendid illustrations are of an unsurpassed beauty and exactness. Georg Wolfgang Franz Panzer (1755-1829) was a German entomologist; regional physician in Hersbruck near Nuremberg and lecturer at the Collegium Medicum in Nuremberg. "There does not exist a more accurate or useful work. The figures are drawn and etched by the famous Sturm, the best entomological artist on the continent; ... while the descriptions, although frequently too short, are written by hand of a master. The system of Fabricius is followed and the work altogether is highly essential to every one who writes upon the entomology of Europe" (Swainson). A continuation to Panzer's work was published by Herrich-Schaeffer and is very scarce due to a decreasing number of subscribers. "Die alte bayrische Schule der naturwissenschaftliche Illustrationen hat sich unsterbliche Verdienste besonders um die Entomologie erworben. Sie hat die schönsten Abbildungswerke dieser Wissenschaft geliefert" (Junk. Rara II, p. 142). Jacob Sturm (1771-1848) was born in Nürnberg. His father Johann Georg Sturm was an engraver. Jacob Sturm was the editor and illustrator of several natural history works such as his 'Deutschlands Flora in Abbildungen nach der Natur mit Beschreibungen'. Apart from this he illustrated a great number of the finest natural history works published at that period in South Germany. Added to the series are: The original backcovers bound in brown half morocco of all the 110 parts with the printed names of the insects contained in each part. The 'Catalogus systematicus' by Panzer of parts 1-108 'Index systematicus methodo Fabriciana', Nürnberg 1793-1809. Saunders, E. Index to Panzer's Fauna Insectorum Germaniae. London 1888. Index Entomologicus sistens insectorum species in G.W. Panzeri Fauna Insectorum Germanica... Pars I. Eleutherata. Norimbergiae 1813. Panzer, G.W. Kritische Revision der Insektenfauna Deutschlands nach dem System bearbeiter. I-XCVI Heft. Nürnberg 1805. Nissen ZBI, 3084; Junk Rara II, p. 141.

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ROMANOFF, N.M. - Mémoires sur les Lépidoptères. http://www.antiquariaatjunk.com/item.php?item=9165&s_currency= ROMANOFF, N.M.

Mémoires sur les Lépidoptères.

Rédigés par N.M. Romanoff. Tomes I-VII & IX. St. Pétersbourg 1884-1897. 8 volumes. 4to (295 x 185mm). pp. (8), 181; (6), 262; (6), 419; xvii, 575, (2); (6) 248; (4), 700, (2); (8), lvi, 658, (2); (4), 365, (1), with 130 engraved plates of which 70 finely hand-coloured, some figures in the text and 3 (of 4) coloured maps. Recent half calf, spines with gilt lettering.

This excellently illustrated work is one of the rarest publications on Lepidoptera. It was published in a very limited edition, and the number of plates which are coloured vary in most of the copies. Copies with all the plates coloured exist but mostly copies are found with less than 70 plates coloured. The monographs included are fundamental contributions on the butterflies of regions of the Russian Empire and Asia, by specialists as the Grand Duke Nicolai Michailovitch Romanoff himself, Christoph, Staudinger, Snellen, Grum-Grshimaïlo, Heylarts and others. Amongst others the work comprises large monographs as: N.M. Romanoff, Les Lépidoptères de la Transcaucasie; H. Christoph, Lépidoptera aus dem Achal-Tekke Gebiet; Gr. Groum-Grshimaïlo, Le Pamir et sa faune Lépidoptérologique; S. Alphéraky, Lépidoptères rapportés de la Chine et de la Mongolie par G.N. Potanine; E.L. Ragonol, Monographie des Phycitinae et des Galleriinae. As usual, the 8th volume is not included; it is excessively rare since this volume was destroyed by fire shortly after publication and only a very few copies have been distributed. A few plates of the 4th volume have the outer margin cut short, 2 with a tiny loss of illustration. It is unusual to find a copy with all 4 maps. Grand Duke Nicholas Mikhailovich Romanoff was born on 26 April 1859 at Tsarskoye Selo, the eldest child of the seven children of Grand Duke Michael Nicolaievich of Russia and his wife Grand Duchess Olga Feodorovna. He was the only naturalist of the Czar family. He was later imprisoned by the Bolsheviks in Petrograd and shot outside the St Peter and St Paul Fortress on 28 january 1919. Provenance: name of Kikumaro Okano on inside frontcover. Junk, Bibl. Lepidopterologica 2268; Nissen ZBI, 4678

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SCRIBA, L.G. - Beiträge zu der Insekten-Geschichte. http://www.antiquariaatjunk.com/item.php?item=9163&s_currency= SCRIBA, L.G.

Beiträge zu der Insekten-Geschichte.

Frankfurt, Varrentrapp & Wenner, 1790-1793. 3 parts (bound in 1 volume). Small-4to (193 x 165mm). pp. (8), 280, with 18 hand-coloured engraved plates. Contemporary marbled boards, spine with red gilt lettered label.

A rare and beautifully produced work. Ludwig Gottlieb Scriba (1736-1804) was a German clergyman-naturalist, a phenomenon so charcteristic of the age of Enlightenment. With exception of one, the plates depict caterpillars, butterflies and beetles. A fine copy with excellent colouring of the plates. Provenance: Bookplate of J. d'Aguilar. Horn & Schenkling 19978; Nissen ZBI, 3788.

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LUCAS, H. - Histoire naturelle des Lépidoptères d'Europe. http://www.antiquariaatjunk.com/item.php?item=9154&s_currency= LUCAS, H.

Histoire naturelle des Lépidoptères d'Europe.

Ouvrage orné de près de 400 figures peintes d'après nature par A. Noel et gravées sur acier par Pauquet. Paris, L. de Bure, 1845. Royal-8vo (230 x 145mm). pp. (4), viii, 216, with 1 handcoloured engraved title and 82 (80 handcoloured) engraved plates. Contemporary green half calf, marbled sides (head of spine slightly chipped).

First printing of the second edition of this beautifully illustrated iconography of European butterflies and moths. The two plain plates belong to the chapter "Chasse aux Papillons" and depict instruments for collecting and preparing of Lepidoptera. Some occasional light foxing. Half title with paper repair at the inner margin and title-page with brown spot. Horn & Schenkling 13976; Nissen ZBI, 2580.

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LABRAM, J.D. - Insekten der Schweiz, die vorzüglichsten Gattungen je durch eine Art bildlich dargestellt von J. D. Labram. Nach Anleitung und mit Text von Dr. Ludwig Imhoff. http://www.antiquariaatjunk.com/item.php?item=9152&s_currency= LABRAM, J.D.

Insekten der Schweiz, die vorzüglichsten Gattungen je durch eine Art bildlich dargestellt von J. D. Labram. Nach Anleitung und mit Text von Dr. Ludwig Imhoff.

Basel, bei den Verfassern und in Commission bei C. F. Spittler, 1836-42. 6 volumes bound in 3. 8vo (170 x 107mm). With 436 (of 454) handcoloured lithographed plates. Contemporary black boards.

The work was published in parts and is one of the greatest entomological rarities. Horn & Schenkling call for 454. Our copy lacks 18 plates, of which 1 in the first volume, 4 in the second, and 13 in the 4th. There is no printed title to vols. 4 and 5, the indices of these volumes are in typewriting. No index and title was published for the final part as this was never finished. A few explanatory leaves in old typewriting. The plates are lithographed and finely handcoloured, very much in the style of Jacob Sturm, with the same attention to minute details. Jonas David Labram (1785-1852) was a Swiss botanical artist at Basel. Labram is better known for the illustrations he made for Hegetschweiler's 'Sammlung von Schweizer Pflanzen' & 'Sammlung von Zierpfanzen'. Copies however of his insects of Switzerland, which remained unfinished, are so rare that we have sold only one other copy during the last decades. In the course of years Donald Mac Gillavry, well-known Dutch collector of fine entomological books, tried to complete this copy. Provenance: Bookplate of Donald Mac Gillavry Nissen ZBI, 2336; Horn & Schenkling 12581.

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ROESEL VON ROSENHOF, A.J. - Der monatlich-herausgegebenen Insecten-Belustigung ... http://www.antiquariaatjunk.com/item.php?item=9112&s_currency= ROESEL VON ROSENHOF, A.J.

Der monatlich-herausgegebenen Insecten-Belustigung ...

Nürnberg, bey den Röselischen Erben/ J.J. Fleischmann/ zu finden bey dem Verfasser, (1755-1761). 4 volumes. 4to (197 x 165mm). With 1 engraved portrait of Roesel, 3 handcoloured engraved frontispieces and 357 beautifully handcoloured engraved plates (printed on 285 leaves). Contemporary half calf, spines in 6 compartments with gilt lines and 2 gilt lettered labels (and:) KLEEMANN, C.F.C. Beyträge zur Natur- und Insecten-Geschichte. (Nürnberg 1761-1776). 4to (197 x 165mm). With 44 handcoloured engraved plates. Contemporary half calf, spine in 6 compartments with gilt lines and 2 gilt lettered labels.

A rare complete set of the most important and finest entomological German publication of the 18th century. Our copy comprises the rare supplement by Kleemann. The work was published by Roesel and his son-in-law Kleemann, both lived in Bavaria, in Nürnberg, working as artists, and both were ardent students of local natural history. "Roesel, who studied at first with his father and then with his uncle Wilhelm, an animal painter in Merseburg, later became a pupil of the famous Preisler in Nuremberg. After living in Copenhagen from 1726 to 1728 he returned to Nuremberg for good, and there, besides painting portraits and drawings, he applied himself in particular to the study of nature. He collected insects, their eggs and larvae, studied the process of hatching, pupation, and emergence, and painted all this in a most meticulous way, as Kleemann tells us. His manuscripts, with 406 illustrations, are now in the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek in Munich. Roesel also made the engravings of his drawings and, until his death in 1757, his 'loving and diligent spouse' contributed fine colouring to the prints" (Nissen. Bestiaries). The handcoloured engraved frontispieces are of a great beauty and the plates, especially of his favourite group, butterflies and moths, usually show a complete life history, with eggs, larva, pupa and perfect insect. There was no title page published for the first issue of the supplement by Kleemann. However a second issue of the supplement was published in 1792 which does have a printed title as well as 4 more plates. As is mostly the case the set is composed of first and second issues. The first 2 volumes are in the second issue, the remaining volumes in the first. The text was printed on thin paper and as in all copies, is prone to foxing. Our copy likewise has some occasional slight foxing to the text. The plates being printed on fine thick paper have no foxing and are in mint condition. A nice uniformly bound set. Junk, Rara p. 159; Nissen ZBI, 3466 & 2201.

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RAMBUR, P. - Catalogue systématique des Lépidoptères de l'Andalouse. http://www.antiquariaatjunk.com/item.php?item=9105&s_currency= RAMBUR, P.

Catalogue systématique des Lépidoptères de l'Andalouse.

Paris, J.B. Baillière, 1858. Royal-8vo. pp. (4), 412, ix, (3), with 22 handcoloured engraved plates. Recent cloth, spine with gilt lettered label.

A beautifully illustrated monograph and one of the very few illustated works on Spanish butterflies. The superb plates are after drawings by E. Blanchard and engraved by Clergé. Nissen ZBI, 3276; Horn-Schenkling 17615.

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LAPLACE, C.P.T. - Voyage autour du monde par les mers de l'Inde et de Chine exécuté sur la Corvette 'La Favorite' pendant les années 1830-32. (ENTOMOLOGIE). http://www.antiquariaatjunk.com/item.php?item=8831&s_currency= LAPLACE, C.P.T.

Voyage autour du monde par les mers de l'Inde et de Chine exécuté sur la Corvette 'La Favorite' pendant les années 1830-32. (ENTOMOLOGIE).

Paris, A. Bertrand, 1839. 8vo (210 x 145mm). Recent half calf, spine with gilt lettered label.

The volume contains the following: GUÉRIN-MENEVILLE, E.F. Crustacés du Voyage de la Favorite. pp. 8, with 4 hand-coloured engraved plates; IDEM. Arachnides du Voyage de la Favorite. pp. 7, with 1 hand-coloured engraved plate; EYDOUX, F. & GERVAIS. Myriapodes du Voyage... pp. 4, with 2 hand-coloured engraved plates; GUÉRIN-MENEVILLE, E.F. Insectes du Voyage... pp. 80, with 14 hand-coloured engraved plates; FEISTHAMEL, J. Lépidoptères nouveaux recueillis pendant ce voyage. pp. 30, (2), with 10 hand-coloured engraved plates. The complete entomological section of this famous expedition. Nissen ZBI, 2383.

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SCHAEFFER, J. C. - Elementa Entomologica. Cum CXXXV. Tabulae aere excusae floridisque coloribus distinctae. Einleitung in die Insectenkenntnis. CXXXV. ausgemahlte Kupfertafeln. http://www.antiquariaatjunk.com/item.php?item=8825&s_currency= SCHAEFFER, J. C.

Elementa Entomologica. Cum CXXXV. Tabulae aere excusae floridisque coloribus distinctae. Einleitung in die Insectenkenntnis. CXXXV. ausgemahlte Kupfertafeln.

Regensburg, gedruckt mit Weissischen Schriften, 1766. 4to (298 x 235mm). With 135 beautifully hand-coloured engraved plates. (With:) SCHAEFFER, J.C. Elementorum Entomologicorum Appendix quinque insectorum nova genera exhibens. Fünf neue Insectengeschlechter zur Einleitung in die Insectenkenntniss. Regensburg 1777. With 5 beautifully hand-coloured engraved plates. Contemporary half calf, spine in 6 compartments, with black gilt lettered label and gilt lines (small skilful repair to spine) & Later marbled boards (appendix).

Rare first edition. A very fine uncut copy, with the very rare appendix, of this beautifully illustrated entomological work published during the Golden period of South German natural history book production. Jacob Schaeffer (sometimes spelled Schäffer) was a Bavarian clergyman-naturalist, a phenomenon so characteristic of the age of Enlightenment. His interest was broad and apart from publishing the most beautiful early iconography on fungi he published on birds, entomology and paper-making, however most of his works describe the fauna and flora of South Germany. Schaeffer had his own cabinet of curiosities, the Schaefferianum, which was visited by Goethe in 1786. The detailed and exact figures illustrate Schaeffer's system of classification, which was based on the wings and the number of tarsi. The fourth section 'Von den Werkzeugen der Behandlung und Sammlung der Insecten' is illustrated with 3 plates, 2 show entomological hunting material and how to preserve insects, the last plate shows a superb entomological baroque cabinet. The plates with the exception of three were printed on both sides of a leaf. Evenhuis. Litt. Tax. Diptorum 1766.

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ROESEL VON ROSENHOF, A.J. - Der monatlich-herausgegebenen Insecten-Belustigung ... http://www.antiquariaatjunk.com/item.php?item=8724&s_currency= ROESEL VON ROSENHOF, A.J.

Der monatlich-herausgegebenen Insecten-Belustigung ...

Nürnberg, Raspischen Buchhandlung/ J.J. Fleischmann/ C.F.C. Kleemann, (1746-1761). 4 volumes. 4to (212 x 168mm). With 1 engraved portrait of Roesel, 3 handcoloured engraved frontispieces and 357 beautifully handcoloured engraved plates (printed on 285 leaves). 19th century half morocco, spines with gilt lines and lettering. (and:) KLEEMANN, C.F.C. Beyträge zur Natur- und Insecten-Geschichte Erster Theil... als ein Anhang zu den Röselischen Insecten-Belustigungen. Nürnberg, in der Raspischen Buchhandlung, 1792. 4to. With a fine engraved portrait of Kleemann and 48 handcoloured engraved plates.19th century half morocco, spines with gilt lines and lettering. (and:) SCHWARZ, C. Beiträge zur Natur- und Insecten-Geschichte Zweiter Theil. Nürnberg, auf Kosten der Raspeschen Handlung, 1793. 4to. With 25 handcoloured engraved plates. 19th century half morocco, spines with gilt lines and lettering.

A rare complete set of the most important and finest entomological German publication of the 18th century. Our copy comprises the rare supplement by Kleemann as well the even rarer second supplement by Schwarz published in 1793, of which only a few copies are known. Most bibliographies do not mention the Schwarz supplement. The work was published by Roesel and his son-in-law Kleemann, both lived in Bavaria, in Nürnberg, working as artists, and both were ardent students of local natural history. "Roesel, who studied at first with his father and then with his uncle Wilhelm, an animal painter in Merseburg, later became a pupil of the famous Preisler in Nuremberg. After living in Copenhagen from 1726 to 1728 he returned to Nuremberg for good, and there, besides painting portraits and drawings, he applied himself in particular to the study of nature. He collected insects, their eggs and larvae, studied the process of hatching, pupation, and emergence, and painted all this in a most meticulous way, as Kleemann tells us. His manuscripts, with 406 illustrations, are now in the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek in Munich. Roesel also made the engravings of his drawings and, until his death in 1757, his 'loving and diligent spouse' contributed fine colouring to the prints" (Nissen. Bestiaries). Our copy has the bookplate of Boisuval. J.B.A. Boisduval (1801-1879) 'was one of France's most revered lepidopterists (P. Gilbert p. 136). The text was printed on thin paper and as in all copies, is prone to foxing. Our copy likewise has some foxing to the text. One leaf with small paper tear. The plates being printed on fine thick paper have no foxing and are in mint condition. A nice uniformly bound set. Junk, Rara p. 159 (our copy has the same collation of plates); Nissen ZBI, 3466.

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[RÉMOND]. - Entomological archives, manuscripts and watercolours of the 18th and early 19th century, from the Rémond family, of Semur en Auxois (Burgundy). The authors are Louis Rémond, physician at Semur during the 18th century, F.M. Rémond likewise physician and author of 'Avis aux pères et aux mères sur la vaccine', Dyon & Semur 1818, and his son Maurice Rémond, lawyer at Semur. The greater part of the collection concerns the latter two who both were keen entomologists. The main objects in the collection are 125 watercolour drawings of caterpillars and their cocoons and a full translation into French of Roesel von Rosenhof's 'Der monatlich-herausgegebenen Insecten-Belustigungen'. http://www.antiquariaatjunk.com/item.php?item=8064&s_currency= [RÉMOND].

Entomological archives, manuscripts and watercolours of the 18th and early 19th century, from the Rémond family, of Semur en Auxois (Burgundy). The authors are Louis Rémond, physician at Semur during the 18th century, F.M. Rémond likewise physician and author of 'Avis aux pères et aux mères sur la vaccine', Dyon & Semur 1818, and his son Maurice Rémond, lawyer at Semur. The greater part of the collection concerns the latter two who both were keen entomologists. The main objects in the collection are 125 watercolour drawings of caterpillars and their cocoons and a full translation into French of Roesel von Rosenhof's 'Der monatlich-herausgegebenen Insecten-Belustigungen'.

The main interest of father and son Rémond is the metamorphosis of butterflies. The beautifully drawn watercolour drawings of caterpillars are of a superb quality and the animals are drawn with painstaking precision. The work is very much in the tradition of Maria Sibylla Merian who at the beginning of the same century was fascinated by the same subject and published in 1713-1717 a 3 volumes pioneering work 'Der rupsen begin...' We presume that the watercolours and the extensive notes to these plates are by Louis Rémond and the translation of Roesel von Rosenhof by his son Maurice. The whole project was certainly intended to be published. In a draft (May 1808) of a letter of Maurice Rémond to A.J.P. Kleemann (no. 14), the son of C.F. Kleemann and the son-in-law of Roesel von Rosenhof, Rémond informs him of his intention to publish Roesel's work together with his own observations. "Mes compatriotes les français ne connaissent guère de cet ouvrage que la beauté des figures et ignorent les détails intéressantes que renferme le texte, votre langue étant peu répandu en France; c'est ce qui m'a fait former le projet d'en donner une traduction que l'accompagnerai de mes propres observations". He continues asking him details of his father's life which he wants to incorporate in his work. In a reply dated 30 May 1808 Kleeman wishes him success with his project "Je souhaite la plus heureuse réussite de votre projet louable', and adds several pages of text concerning the life of his father C.F. Kleemann. The work of De Geer (no. 3) and Reaumur (no. 4) were studied in detail, notes and drawings were made as well as numerous notes of other authors. The town of Semur was a small centre of scientific studies. Not far from Semur, in Montbard, one of France's most famous naturalists Buffon was born. His main collaborator, Gueneau de Montbéliard lived in Semur. There must have been frequent contacts between the father and son Rémond and these two famous scientists. Between the various documents (no. 14) and papers there is an invitation of the family Guenau inviting Mr. and Mrs. Rémond for a concert (28 Aôut 1797). Among the papers there is a note by Maurice Rémond referring to frequent visits made to M. de Montbéliard. On the same sheet he discusses the 'Encyclopédie Méthodique' published by Panckoucke and later Agasse and tells the following about the daughter of Panckoucke: 'Madame veuve Agasse, née Pankouque, est sans doute la fille de M. Pankouque, venue à Semur dans son enfance et qui a été inoculer par mon père'. This interesting collection shows the keen interest in natural history, especially entomology in the French countryside during the second half of the 18th and beginning of the 19th century. This highly interesting period was characterized by rapid changes due to the French revolution. The collection comprises about 50 volumes and is composed as follows: 1) Collection de Chenilles et de quelques Papillons que j'ai peints d'après Nature. 125 drawings (305 x 230mm) in watercolour showing caterpillars and cocoons, all within an ink drawn frame. Most of the plates show a caterpillar and its cocoon, sometimes there are more to a plate. Occasionally there is only one cocoon or caterpillar to a plate. Each plate is preserved in a folded sheet, dated 'l'an troisième de la République' (1795) with the plate number and the name of the insect in French in manuscript. The collection has a manuscript title as quoted above, and 10 manuscript leaves of index. Preserved in a contemporary blue cardboard box. The collection is classified as follows: Chenilles épineuses, Papillons de jours; Chenilles rases ou demi-velues, Chenilles-cloportes & Papillons de jours; Chenilles à corne sur le dernier anneau. Sphinx; Chenilles rases; Chenilles à tubercules velus; Chenilles velues; Arpenteuses à 10 jambes; Chenilles à 12 et à 14 jambes. Each section is in a paper wrapper with the classification in manuscript. ADDED: 4 contemporary cardboard boxes with explanatory text relating to the above collection of watercolours with the following lettering: P.D.J. [Papillions de Jours] & SPH. [Sphinges] CH.R. [Chenilles rases] CH.V. [Chenilles velues] ARP. [Arpanteuses] The 4 boxes contain the full descriptions of 123 of the 125 watercolours and have corresponding numbering. Each description covers mostly several pages, and gives in neat handwriting the name of the insect together with its finding place as well as the date. The caterpillar and its life cycle are meticulously described. It describes the metamorphosis of the caterpillar into a cocoon, and the cocoon into a butterfly. These observations cover sometimes several months. Extensive reference is made to the works of de Geer, Reaumur, Merian, Roesel, Swammerdam and others, in many instances supplemented by elaborate pen drawings. 2) Traduction littérale de Roesel: Divertissement de l'histoire naturelle des insectes donné par mois. A French unpublished translation of Roesel von Rosenhof's 'Der monatlich-herausgegebenen Insecten-Belustigung'. Nürnberg 1746-1793. This French translation in 6 folio volumes (bound in 7) in neat handwriting is bound in contemporary uniform boards and was made between 1807 and 1810. The set comprises the supplement by C.F. Kleeman and the final supplement by C. Schwarz. Roesel. Amusemens Périodiques sur les Insectes. 5 volumes (bound in 3). 4to. Contemporary boards. An abridged version in French in manuscript of Roesel von Rosenhof's' 'Der monatlich-herausgegebenen Insecten-Belustigung', probably predating the above final translation. In some cases Rémond's own observations are noted as well (e.g. volume 4 page 91). The first volume has some pages inserted of an earlier draft with a nicely calligraphic title 'Amusemens Périodiques... traduits par M. R(émond). Added are 3 preparatory volumes in manuscript. 1: 'Traduction abrégé des amusemens périodiques, tome premier. Par M. R (émond); 2: Brouillon à garder: Histoire des Polypes d'eau douce...; 3: 'Phalenes ou papillons d'arpenteuses: classes non faites par Ernst. Notes relatives au volume qu'il faudrait faire en réunissant tout ce qu'en ont dit Roesel, Kleemann et Schwarz. Songer à Gladbach'. A manuscript of about 250 pages, translations of above mentioned authors together with his own observations. 3) De Geer, Charles. Mémoires pour servir à l'histoire des insectes. (1752-78). Manuscript extracts and notes of De Geer's work, supplemented by many very attractive drawings in ink. About 240 pages. 4) Notes et observations sur les papillons tirés de Réaumur. Manuscript notes (186 pages), with some drawings in ink on Reaumur's 'Mémoires pour servir à l'histoire des insectes' (1734-42). Together with: Merian. Extrait du recueil des Insectes de Surinam. pp. 25 [and] Papillons, division de Linnée. Citations de beaucoup d'autres auteurs... pp. 24. On page 4 Remond makes reference to his father 'Voir le manuscrit de mon père pour les autres ordres'. 5) [ABEILLES] Essai d'un manuel pratique sur l'éducation des abeilles. Pour être présenté au concours ouvert par la Société d'Agriculture du Département de la Seine. A manuscript of 64 pages on bees. Together with a manuscript extract of 54 pages of Rozier's 'Traité sur les abeilles'. 6) Manuscript notes and extracts on various natural history topics, mostly entomological. Dates are between 1793 and 1833. Preserved in a contemporary cardboard box. 7) Classification. Méthodes de divers auteurs. Manuscript notes on the classification of insects by authors such as Fabricius, Dumeril, Geoffroy, and Schaeffer. 8) Livres à acheter, achats, & notes bibliographiques. A collection of manuscript notes on books, books to be bought and purchased books, as well as bibliographical notes. Such as 'Note des principaux ouvrages sur les insectes qui se trouvent à la bibliothèque de Dyon'; 'Livres à acheter', 'livres achetés à la vente de M. Bertin'. The dates range from 1799 to 1834. 9) Bibliographie Entomologique: Auteurs. A large collection of bibliographical notes on entomological publications. There is a date of 1805 on the cover. 10) Sturm, Jacob. Translation of 'Deutschlands Fauna: Die Amphibien & Die Würmer'. Traduction littérale des Amphibies de Jacob Sturm, 2 vols. & Traduction littérale... les Vers. 1 volume. [with:] Sturm, Jacob. Deutschlands Flora. A first draft of a partial translation of Sturm's large publication of the Flora of Germany. With 'Cent enveloppes gravées pour les planches de la flore Allemande qui paraîtront par la suite', containing the engraved title pages 'Flore d'Allemagne dessinée d'après nature et gravée par Jaques Sturm' for a planned publication. Preserved in a contemporary cardboard box. [and] One portfolio with some notes. 11) Collection académique composée des mémoires, actes et journaux des plus célèbres académies et sociétés littéraires de l'Europe; concernant l'histoire naturelle, la botanique, la chymie, la physique expérimentale, la médecine, l'anatomie, &c. Tome quatorzième et dernier de la partie étrangère, contenant à la fin l'extrait des éphémérides de l'Académie des Curieux de la nature depuis 1688 jusqu'en 1702. Traduit (crossed out) par feu M. Rémond, docteur en médicine et membre correspondant de l'Académie des sciences, arts et belles lettres de Dyon. Folio. 1048 pages in manuscript. [and] Table générale alphabétique des matières continues dans les quatorze volumes de la collection académique, partie étrangères. (Tables A to P). 4to. About 250 pages in manuscript. 12) Scholarly manuscripts mostly of an earlier period: Cursus Philosophicus... Dominus Johannes Nicolaius Guillaume socius Sorbonicus et philosophicus professor, in collegio Sorbonnae Plesseo an. 1721 et 1722. pp. 800. [and] Physiologie de Pyrs. Paris 1751. pp. 453. Manuscript signed by Ludovicus Remond. [and] Medical notes. 11 fascicles of medical notes in neat handwriting, numbered 1 to 11. Each part has about 150 to 200 pages. The last part has a date 1769. Contemporary marbled boards [and] One small portfolio with early notes, some medical, others botanical. 13) Herbal of dried plants of Semur and its surroundings. 9 large and thick volumes in folio. Contemporary boards. The dried plants have handwritten labels with their French and Latin names. On several specimens the location is mentioned such as 'dans mon jardin', 'à Dyon', trouvée à Molime en août', and sometimes a date (such as 1796). The contents of the album is rather fragile, and a number of plants have become loose and some are missing. 14) Mostly personal documents concerning Maurice Rémond, including letters addressed to him concerning books he wants to be bought for him in Paris. One letter dated as late as 11 April 1836 addressed to 'Monsieur Remond ancient juge à Semur'; Notes 'Ordre de travail', a manuscript list of the 100 most important citizens of Semur 'Liste des 100 citoyens les plus imposés résidans dans la ville de Semur', dated 24 May 1809 with the stamp of the city of Semur; a manuscript list of the street names of Semur 'Noms des rues de la ville de Semur en Côte d'Or'; a list of servants (1763-1792); a manuscript revolutionary song 'Faisons l'amour faisons la guerre', with signatures of Remond; Correspondence Maurice Rémond to A.J.P. Kleemann, the son of C.F. Kleeman and the son-in-law of Roesel von Rosenhof (see above); 'à mettre dans l'avertissement', in which Maurice Rémond writes among other things that in order to understand the text of Roesel's work he decided to learn German, and that he was assisted by a German who knew well the French language.

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VERITY, R. - Rhopalocera Palaearctica, iconographie et description des Papillons Diurnes de la région paléarctique. http://www.antiquariaatjunk.com/item.php?item=7928&s_currency= VERITY, R.

Rhopalocera Palaearctica, iconographie et description des Papillons Diurnes de la région paléarctique.

Florence, Roger Verity, 1905-1911. Folio (338 x 245 mm). 2 volumes. pp. lxxxvi, (2), 368; xii, with86 (41 coloured) plates and 2 (1 coloured) maps. Contemporary red half cloth, spines with black gilt lettered label, marbled sides.

A scarce work published in a small edition. "Ouvrage illustré, très important, édité à Florence, de1905 à 1911; c'est un magnifique travail, remarquablement illustré. Il est indispensable de la consulter pour toutes les études relatives aux Papilionidae et Pieridae palaearctiques" (Oberthür, Etudes Lépidopterologiques comp. vol. xi). Original printed wrappers bound in. A good copy.

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TEMMINCK, C.J. - Verhandelingen over de Natuurlijke Geschiedenis der Nederlandsche overzeesche bezittingen, door de Leden der Natuurkundige commissie in Indie en andere schrijvers. Uitgegevenop last van den Koning door J.C. Temminck: ZOOLOGIE. http://www.antiquariaatjunk.com/item.php?item=7849&s_currency= TEMMINCK, C.J.

Verhandelingen over de Natuurlijke Geschiedenis der Nederlandsche overzeesche bezittingen, door de Leden der Natuurkundige commissie in Indie en andere schrijvers. Uitgegevenop last van den Koning door J.C. Temminck: ZOOLOGIE.

Leiden 1839-1844. Folio (434 x 300mm). pp. (6), 228, 72, 72, 26, 250, with 3 double-page tables and102 lithographed plates of which 84 beautifully handcoloured. Contemporary green half morocco, richly gilt decorated spine in 6 compartments, edges gilt.

A superbly bound copy of the finest zoological work on Indonesia, the former Dutch East Indies. Thecomplete 'Verhandelingen...' comprises 3 volumes one concerning Ethnography, another Zoology and the last one Botany. Volumes could be purchased separately. Of the 102 plates 49 show mammals, including orang-outans and monkeys, 14 birds, 10 reptiles and amphibians, 6 fishes and 23 insects. The present volume was written by S. Mueller and H. Schlegel and edited by. C.J. Temminck. Temminck (1778-1858) was the founder and first director of the Leyden Natural History Museum and the author of a number of important ornithological works. The present work includes the two rare bis plates 1 and 2 in the ornithological section by J. Wolf, which are mostly not present. BM.(N.H.)II, 862; Landwehr 197, 454; Nissen ZBI, 4802.

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SCRIBA, L.G. - Beiträge zu der Insekten-Geschichte. http://www.antiquariaatjunk.com/item.php?item=7658&s_currency= SCRIBA, L.G.

Beiträge zu der Insekten-Geschichte.

Frankfurt, Varrentrapp & Wenner, 1790-1793. 3 parts (bound in 1 volume). Small-4to (205 x 170mm). pp. (8), 280, with 18 handcoloured engraved plates. Contemporary blind boards.

A rare and beautifully produced work. Ludwig Gottlieb Scriba (1736-1804) was a German clergyman-naturalist, a phenomenon so charcteristic of the age of Enlightenment. With exception of one, the plates depict caterpillars, butterflies and beetles. A fine copy with excellent colouring of the plates. Provenance: Bookplates of R. Friedländer & Sohn and Lionel George Higgens. Horn & Schenkling 19978; Nissen ZBI, 3788.

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ESPER, E.J.C. & TOUSSAINT VON CHARPENTIER. - Die Schmetterlinge in Abbildungen nach der Natur mit Beschreibungen von Eugenius Johann Christoph Esper. Herausgegeben mit Zusätzen von Toussaint von Charpentier. EuropäischeGattungen. http://www.antiquariaatjunk.com/item.php?item=7534&s_currency= ESPER, E.J.C. & TOUSSAINT VON CHARPENTIER.

Die Schmetterlinge in Abbildungen nach der Natur mit Beschreibungen von Eugenius Johann Christoph Esper. Herausgegeben mit Zusätzen von Toussaint von Charpentier. EuropäischeGattungen.

Leipzig, T.O. Weigel, (1829-1839). 7 volumes (5 volumes of text and 4 supplements bound in 5 & 2 volumes of plates in portfolio). 4to (270 x 215mm, text) & oblong-4to (235 x 300mm, atlas). pp. xxii, 388, (2), 190; 234; 396; 1-372; (4), 373-698, 85, (1); 276; (2), 120, 52, 104, 48, with 441 beautifully handcoloured engraved plates. Uniform 19th century half calf, gilt ornamented spines with blue gilt lettered label.

A fine complete copy of the second and most complete edition of this beautiful lepidopterological classic complete with the supplements. 'With Esper a real scholar arrives on the scene, and while so far we have seen a constant rise in the artistic quality of illustration, we are now aware for the first time of the so-called scientific approach, which did so much damage to Europe's culture in the nineteenth century. Esper did not hesitate to show one wing of inherently beautiful butterflies as seen from above, and the other one as seen from below' (Pfeiffer). Still, even Pfeiffer admits that this method offered new possibilities of comparative evaluation to the scholar, and Esper cannot be denied a strong artistic gift, which was greatly helped by the Nuremberg engraver Johann Carl Bock (fl. 1757-1806). During a stay in the Low Countries Bock was encouraged even more by artists of the school of Maria Sibylla Merian, who had formely worked in Nuremberg" (Nissen, Bestiaries pp. 71-72). Its fine plates are exceptionally delicately handcoloured and engraved by Bock, Sturm, Tyroff, Volkart, Walbert, a.o. after Esper's own drawings. Eugen Johann Christoph Esper (1742-1810) was a German entomologist and phycologist, professor at Erlangen and director of the Natural History Museum. His other major works are 'Icones Fucorum' published from 1797-1808 and 'Die Pflanzthiere' published from 1788-1830. Horn & Schenkling 6085; Nissen ZBI, 1316.

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SCHOTT, J.J. - Schmetterlingskalender oder systematisches Verzeichnis aller Schmetterlinge, welche in Deutschland bekannt sind. http://www.antiquariaatjunk.com/item.php?item=7500&s_currency= SCHOTT, J.J.

Schmetterlingskalender oder systematisches Verzeichnis aller Schmetterlinge, welche in Deutschland bekannt sind.

Frankfurt am Main, P.S. Guilhauman, 1830. 8vo (218 x 135mm). pp. vi, (2), 500, 52, with 7 handcoloured engraved plates. Contemporary boards .

Horn-Schenkling 19718.

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SEITZ, A. - Les Macrolépidoptères du Globe. Révision systématique des Macrolépidoptères connus jusqu' à ce jour. http://www.antiquariaatjunk.com/item.php?item=6139&s_currency= SEITZ, A.

Les Macrolépidoptères du Globe. Révision systématique des Macrolépidoptères connus jusqu' à ce jour.

Stuttgart, Kernen, 1911-1945. 20 volumes (bound in 27). Large 4to (320 x 248mm). With 1364 chromo-lithographed plates. 21 volumes uniformly bound in half calf, titles lettered in French, 6 volumes in portfolio.

A fine complete copy and in some ways a supernumerary copy of the rare French edition of Seitz' 'Die Gross-Schmetterlinge der Erde'..... The German and English edition were both published by Kerner Verlag in Stuttgart. Due to the second World War some volumes remained incomplete. The French edition, however, was published by Eugène Le Moult (1882-1967) and also distributed by him. The plates of all three language editions were printed by Kernen Verlag. The French edition is the least complete edition. Otto Kerner gives the following comment why the French edition sometimes has less plates: 'Nous avions réservé toutes les planches pour Le Moult, mais il n'avait pas l'argent pour les payer et enfin nous les avons maculées'. The set is composed as follows: Faune Paléarctique: Vol. I: pp. viii, 380 with 89 plates (complete and all published); Vol. II: pp. 479, with 56 plates (complete and all published); Vol. III: pp. iii, 511, with 75 plates (complete and all published); Vol. IV: pp. v, 479, with 25 plates (complete and all published). Supplément: Vol. I: pp. vii, 404, with 16 plates (complete and all published); Vol. II: pp. vi, 312, with 16 plates (complete and all published); Vol. III: 26 plates, (no French text was published and only the 26 plates appeared); Vol. IV: 26 plates (no French text was published and only the 26 plates appeared). Faune Americaine: Vol. V: pp. xi, 1141, with 203 plates (complete and all published); Vol. VI*: pp. 1-600, with 198 plates (all published of the French edition); Vol. VII: pp. 1-156, with 57 plates (all published, the text was not completed); VIII: 16 plates (all published, no text appeared, only the 16 plates). Faune Indo-Australienne: Vol. IX: pp. xii, 1210, with 177 plates (complete and all published); Vol. X: pp. ii, 1-663, with 104 plates (all published of the French edition); Vol. XI**: pp. 1-296, completed with the German edition pp. 297-496, with 57 plates (all published); Vol. XII: pp. 1-44, with 17 plates, (all published of the French edition). Fauna Africaine: Vol. XIII: pp. 615, with 80 plates (complete and all published); Vol. XIV: pp. 600, with 80 plates (complete and all published); Vol. XV: pp. iii, 1-22, with 30 plates (all published of the French edition); Vol. XVI: 16 plates (all published, no text published of the French edition). *Volume VI is all published of the French edition, the copy has been completed however with the English text, which runs from page 600-1451 (the numbering of pages of the French and English and German edition is the same) and has 3 more plates than the French edition. **Of volume XI we offer pages 1-296 of the French text. The French text should run to 328, which is all published of the French edition. We have however completed the copy with pp. 297-496 of the German text (the numbering of the pages of the German, English and French edition is the same).

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