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Item Description: 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. Bookseller Inventory # 9251

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WOLFF, J.F.

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Item Description: Erlangen, J.J. Palm, 1800-1804. Heft I-IV (of V). 4to (260 x 215mm). pp. (4), 161, (3), with 16 hand-coloured engraved plates. Contemporary boards and wrappers. Without the last part, which was published in 1811.Nissen ZBI, 4439. Bookseller Inventory # 8770

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African Lepidoptera, being descriptions of new species.: WARD, C.

WARD, C.

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Item Description: 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. Bookseller Inventory # 9344

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Reisen im Archipel der Philippinen. Zweiter Theil.: SEMPER, C.G.

SEMPER, C.G.

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Item Description: Wiesbaden, Kreidel's Verlag, (1867)-1905. 10 volumes (bound in 12). 4to (300 x 250mm). With 456 plates of which 248 hand-coloured, coloured or tinted. Later red cloth, gilt lettered spines. Vol. I: Holothurien. By C. Semper. Wiesbaden 1868. pp. x, xxi, 288, with portrait of Semper and 40 (27 coloured) plates.Vol. II, 1: Malacologische Untersuchungen I. Theil: Ascoglossa. Nudibranchiata Kladohepatica. By R. Bergh. Wiesbaden 1870-75. pp. 1-367, with plates 1-48 (5 coloured).Vol. II, 2: Malacologische Untersuchungen. II. Theil: Porostomata. Nudibranchiata Holohepatica. By R. Bergh. Wiesbaden 1876-78. pp. 377-645, L, with plates 49-68.Vol. II, 3: Malacologische Untersuchungen. III Theil: Nudibranchiata Holohepatica. Nudibranchien von Meere der Insel Mauritius. Nudibranchien des Sunda-Meeres. System der Nudibranchiaten Gastropodes. By R. Bergh. Wiesbaden 1880-92. pp. 647-1168, with plates 69-89 (3 coloured). Together with:Vol.II, 4: Malacologische Untersuchungen. IV. Theil: Nachträge und Ergänzungen (Ascoglossa, Nudibranchiata). Marseniadae. By R. Bergh. Wiesbaden 1880-87. pp. 289, with 25 (3 coloured) plates.Vol. III: Landmollusken by C. Semper. Wiesbaden 1870-94. pp. xiv, iv, 337, with 27 (10 col.). plates. Together with: Ergänzungsheft: Über Sehorgane vom Typus der Wirbelthieraugen auf dem Rücken von Schnecken. By C. Semper. Wiesbaden 1877. pp. 90, with 10 (6 coloured). plates.Vol. IV, 1: Die Sipunculiden. By E. Selenka. Wiesbaden 1883. pp. xxxii, 131, with 14 (13 coloured) plates. Together with: Vol. IV, 2: Die Landschnecken. By W. Kobelt. Wiesbaden 1886. pp. vi, 80, with 7 coloured plates. Together with: Vol. IV, 3: Die Seewalzen - Holothurioidea. By K. Lampert. Wiesbaden 1885. pp. 310, with 1 plate.Vol. V: Die Schmetterlinge der Philippinischen Inseln. Ein Beitrag zur Indo-Malayischen Lepidopteren Fauna: Erster Band. Die Tagfalter. - Rhopalocera. By G. Semper. Wiesbaden 1886-92. pp. xiv, 1-380, with 51 coloured plates.Vol. VI: Die Schmetterlinge der Philippinischen Inseln. Beitrag zur Indo-Malayischen Lepidopteren-Fauna. Zweiter Band: Die Nachtfalter. - Heterocera. By G. Semper. Wiesbaden 1896-1902. pp. 381-728, with 36 tinted plates.Vol. VII: Malacologische Untersuchungen. V. Theil. Pleurobranchidae (Index). Bukkacea (Index). Ascoglossa (Index). Aplysiidae (Index). By R. Bergh. Wiesbaden 1897-1902. pp. 382, with 29 plates.Vol. VIII: Landmollusken. Ergänzungen und Berichtigungen zum III. Bande: Die Landmollusken. By O.F. von Möllendorff & W. Kobelt. Wiesbaden 1898-1904. pp. 268, with 33 (9 coloured) plates.Vol. IX: Malacologische Untersuchngen. VI Theil. Erste, Zweite & Dritte Lieferung: Nudibranchiata; Opisthobranchiata - Pectinibranchiata; Tectibranchiata - Penctinibranchiata. By R. Bergh Wiesbaden 1904-1908. pp. 178, with 12 plates.VOL. X: Landmollusken. Ergänzungen und Berichtigungen zum III. Bande: Die Landmollusken. By O.F. von Möllendorff, W. Kobelt & G. Winter. Wiesbaden 1905. pp. 387, with plates 1-4 (in photocopy), 5-82 coloured plates.Apart from the 4 photocopy plates in the last volume a very rare complete set. No complete copy has been sold at auction or offered in the trade since many decades. Volumes II, 2; II, 3 and II, 4 with some water-staining. Bound in at the beginning of the first volume the 'Ergänzungs-Heft' 1895, an in memoriam of Carl Semper by A. Schuberg, with a portrait of C. Semper.The 'Zweiter Theil. Wissenschaftliche Resultate' is all published, a first part was never published (See J.A. Robertson, Bibliography of the Philippine Islands p. 93). Carl Gottfried Semper (1832-1893) was a one of the greatest of the few scientists who has written on the Philippines. He was a pupil of renowned comparative anatomists F. von Leydig, R.A. von Kölliker and K. Gegenbauer, and became professor of Zoology at the University of Würzburg. "Semper devoted the period from December 1858 to May 1865 to the exploration of the Philippines. Nevertheless, it was a period of outstanding achievement, chiefly because Semper. Bookseller Inventory # 9001

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ROBINAEU-DESVOIDY, A.J.B.

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Item Description: Paris, Compère Jeune, 1828. 8vo (215 x 128mm). pp. (6), lxxviii, 228, with 2 folding tables and 1 folded plate. Recent half cloth, spine with red gilt lettered label (original printed wrappers preserved). Horn-Schenkling 18184. Bookseller Inventory # 8981

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Item Description: 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. Bookseller Inventory # 9348

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Histoire abrégée des Insectes, dans laquelle ces: GEOFFROY, (E.L.).

GEOFFROY, (E.L.).

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Item Description: Nouvelle édition, revue, corrigée, & augmentée d'un Supplément considérable. Paris, Delalain, An 9-1800. 2 volumes. 4to (245 x 195mm). pp. xxviii, 556, with 1 folded table and 10 engraved handcoloured folded plates; pp. (2), 744, with 12 handcoloured folded engraved plates. Contemporary calf, gilt ornamented spines with 2 gilt lettered labels (a bit worn). Last edition, coloured issue. The title of the first edition (1762) mentions that the insects were collected in the Paris area ".des insectes qui se trouvent aux environs de Paris.", a fact which was omitted in the title of the other editions. ". Geoffroy published a work on the insects of the Paris area in which he used new criteria of classification: absence or presence, number, form and texture of the wings; and distribution of the various orders according to the number of tarsomeres in the tarsi. The latter criterion attracted the attention of Linnaeus, who often quoted Geoffroy." (D.S.B. V, pp. 355). The plates are finely hand-coloured.Nissen ZBI, 1522. Bookseller Inventory # 9283

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Fundamenta Entomologiae: or, an introduction to the: CURTIS, W.

Item Description: London, for the Author, 1772. 8vo (210 x 135mm). pp. viii, 87, (2), with 2 engraved plates. Later green half cloth, gilt lettering on spine, marbled sides. William Curtis (1746-1799) is chiefly remembered as the author of two famous botanical books 'Flora Londinensis'' and the 'Botanical Magazine'. Curtis, however, was more than just the author on these 2 works. He studied most branches of natural history. His first work was an entomological treatise 'Instructions for collecting and preserving insects' (1771) which was warmly praised by Sir Joseph Banks. It was followed in 1772 by his 'Fundamenta Entomologiae'.Horn-Schenkling 4241. Bookseller Inventory # 9360

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Item Description: Lyon, L. Babeuf, 1830. 2 volumes. 8vo (215 x 140mm). pp. x, 392; pp. (4), 402, (4), with 15 engraved plates of which 13 finely handcoloured. Recent half calf, spines with gilt lettering, the original printed wrappers bound in. Etienne Mulsant (1797-1880) was a French entomologist. The present work is his first publication. "On ne peut apprécier le style de l'auteur à travers ses descriptions d'insectes et les méandres de la classification au sein de laquelle il apporte beaucoup de logique et de clarté" (Lhoste p. 68). A fine copy of an attractively illustrated work.Provenance: Bookplate of J. d'Aguilar and a handwritten dedication of the son of the author on first leaf, small stamp of A. Lelong prêtre on first title-page.Horn-Schenkling 15655. Bookseller Inventory # 9315

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Item Description: Paris, F. Dufart, An X-XIII (1802-1805). 14 volumes. 8vo (215 x 135mm). With 112 engraved plates and 14 folding charts. Publisher's marbled wrappers, spines with paper label titles. Latreille's largest work. 'Latreille's major scientific contribution lay in applying the 'natural method' to the classification of insects, arachnids, and crustaceans' (DSB). Pierre André Latreille (1762-1833) was a famous French entomologist and professor at the Muséum d'Histoire Naturelle in Paris. A uncut uniform set.Horn-Schenkling 12825. Bookseller Inventory # 8933

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Spécies et iconographie générique des Animaux Articulés: GUÉRIN-MÉNEVILLE, F.E.

Item Description: Paris, au Bureau de la Revue Zoologique, (1843-1849). 9 parts bound in one. 8vo (215 x 135mm). With 36 lithographed plates. Contemporary brown calf, spine with gilt lettering, marbled sides. All published and a rare work. The 9 parts contain 36 numbered sections. Guérin-Méneville (1799-1874) was a celebrated French naturalist, founder of the 'Magasin de Zoologie' and co-founder of the Société Entomologique de France and professor of zoology at the Collège de France in Paris.Horn-Schenkling 8858. Bookseller Inventory # 9358

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Iconographie et histoire naturelle des Coléoptères d'Europe.: DEJEAN, P.F. &

DEJEAN, P.F. & BOISDUVAL, J.A.

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Item Description: Paris, Méquignon-Marvis, 1829-1836 (-1838). 5 volumes. 8vo (230 x 150mm). pp. xiv, 400; 407, (1); 326; 486; 415, (1), with 270 handcoloured engraved plates. Contemporary red half calf, gilt lettered spines (some hinges a bit weak) & last volume in original printed wrappers. First edition. The stock of the first 2 volumes was destroyed by fire and both volumes were reprinted in 1837. The last volume 5, which is mostly lacking was written by Ch. Aubé and must have been issued in a small number. P.F. Dejean was called 'the first great coleopterist'. Together with Boisduval, who was his private curator, he published the above work on European coleoptera. "The great name in coleopterology during the early nineteenth century was P.F.M.A. Dejean (1780-1845), with a career quite exceptional among entomologists; a general who rose to the title "pair de France" and served as Napoleon's first aide-de-champ in the battle of Waterloo. Dejean was an ardent collector and eventually in part by purchase, brought together the largest private insect collection of his time. He lost no opportunity to fetch rare specimens, which is amply evident from what was told about his somewhat unmilitary behaviour during raging war" (R.F. Smith a.o. History of Entomology pp. 125-6). Dejean added insects to his collection from the fields of Waterloo. His collection numbered 22,399 species in 1837. Some foxing as usual.Horn & Schenkling 4602; Nissen ZBI, 1062. Bookseller Inventory # 8213

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Faunae Insectorum Germanicae Initia oder Deutschlands Insecten.: PANZER, G.W.F. &

PANZER, G.W.F. & GEYER, C.

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Item Description: Nürnberg, in der Felseckerschen Buchhandlung, 1793-1813. 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. Bookseller Inventory # 9184

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Item Description: Hamburgi et Kilonii, C.E. Bohnii, 1778. 8vo (192 x 115mm). pp. (12), 178, with title-vignette. Recent wrappers. Scarce work of this famous entomologist. Fabricius was one of the most famous pupils of Linnaeus, with whom he formed a lifelong friendship. He greatly increased the knowledge of entomology and gained a wide reputation abroad. "Fabricius's (1778) 'Philosophia Entomologica' was the first textbook of entomology and introduced an improved classification based on mouthparts; this kept natural groups together that Linnaeus's system had separated according to wing structures. Fabricius's small book also covered theoretical principles of study, nomenclature, description, and classification" (Damkaer, The Copepodologist's cabinet p. 69).Horn-Schenkling 6197. Bookseller Inventory # 9130

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Centurie d'Insectes contenant plusieurs genres nouveaux décrits: KIRBY, W.

KIRBY, W.

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Item Description: Paris, Lequien Fils, 1834. 8vo (205 x 120mm). pp. (2), iv, 92, with 4 hand-coloured engraved plates. Contemporary cloth, spine with gilt lettered label. (With:) KIRBY, W. A Century of Insects, including several new genera described from his Cabinet. (London, Transactions Linn. Society, 1817). 4to (272 x 215mm). pp. 375-453, with 2 hand-coloured engraved plates. (Together with:) KIRBY, W. A Description of several new Species of Insects collected in New Holland by Robert Brown. (London, Transactions Linn. Society 1818). pp. 454-482, with 1 hand-coloured engraved plate. Contemporary wrappers. Rare French translation of Kirby's 'A Century of Insects', printed in 100 copies only. We include the original work which was published in volume XII of the 'Transactions of the Linnaean Society'. William Kirby (1759-1850) was a British clergyman and entomologist. The 'Century d'insectes' describes one hundred insects mostly from Brazil, 18 however from Australia.Nissen ZBI, 2187; Horn-Schenkling 11741 & 11742. Bookseller Inventory # 9162

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De Vegetatione et Climate in Helvetia Septentrionali: WAHLENBERG, G.

Item Description: Turici Helvetorum, Orell, Fuessli et Socc., 1813. 8vo (220 x 132mm). pp. xcviii, 200, with 3 (2 folded) engraved plates and 1 folded table. Contemporary marbled wrappers. Wahlenberg (1780-1851, Swedish botanist and plant geographer) greatly promoted floristic and systematic research in Sweden. "In 1812-14 Wahlenberg travelled in Switzerland . His researches in the Swiss alps resulted in the book 'De Vegetatione et Climate in Helvetia .', in which he gives an account of the plant regions and their designations, the tree limits, and the lower and upper limits of the various plants, comparing also the vegetation in northern Switzerland with that of Lapland" (Fries. Short history of Botany in Sweden, p. 69). A fine copy.Provenance: L.B. von Moll Auctor.Pritzel 9913; Stafleu & Cowan VII, 16.519. Bookseller Inventory # 1236

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Enumeratio Plantarum horti regii et agri Gottingensis: HALLER, A. DE.

HALLER, A. DE.

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Item Description: Gottingae, A. Vandenhoeck, 1753. 8vo (190 x 125mm). pp. lxxx, 424, (18), with engraved title-vignette showing the botanical garden. Contemporary half vellum, manuscript title on spine. In 1736 Albrecht von Haller (1708-1777) was appointed professor of the newly founded University of Göttingen. In the same year he established the Botanical Garden. He stayed 17 years in Göttingen and the amount of work achieved by him is enormous. Apart from his professorship he foundend the Botanical Garden, an anatomical museum, an obstretrical school and similar institutions, he carried on without interruption original investigations in botany and physiology, the results of which are preserved in the numerous works associated with his name; he also conducted a monthly journal (the Göttingische gelehrte Anzeigen), to which he is said to have contributed twelve thousand articles relating to almost every branch of human knowledge. An uncut copy, the last few leaves with some unobtrusive marginal dampstaining.Stafleu & Cowan 2309. Bookseller Inventory # 8554

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Eine Zusammenstellung der arktischen Tierformen, mit besonderer: FAUNA ARCTICA.

Item Description: Jena, G. Fischer, 1902-1933. 6 volumes. Large-4to (360 x 280mm). With 2 photogravure portraits (of both editors), 8 lithographed maps, 49 (a few chromo-) lithographed plates and 609 figures in the text. Contemporary half cloth (volumes II-IV & VI) & wrappers (remainder). Scarce important expedition-report. Plates 2-3 (of volume V) not present as in most copies. "The expedition was a private undertaking by Römer and Schaudinn, in the steamer Helgoland, June-Sept. 1898, to carry out zoological research in the waters off Svalbard and along the Murman coast. These published results, based on the expedition collections and observations, and on previously published arctic literature, seek (1) to catalogue all known arctic faunal forms, with literature references, (2) to compare the fauna within various arctic regions, in respect to the problem of circumpolarity, and (3) to compare arctic with antarctic forms"(Arctic Bibliography 4809). The expedition also had significance from a geographical standpoint as a number of corrections and additions to the map of Svalbard were made. A good set.Arctic Bibliography 4809 lists all the separate monographs. Bookseller Inventory # 1731

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A monograph of oriental Cicadidae.: DISTANT, W.L.

DISTANT, W.L.

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Item Description: London, King & Co., 1889-1892. 7 parts. Large-4to. pp. 157, (1), ix, (5), with 15 handcoloured lithographed plates. Original printed wrappers. B.M.(N.H.) I, 298; Nissen ZBI, 1113. A very good set. Bookseller Inventory # 135

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F. de Wit Excudit.: JACHT EN VELD-TUYCH.

JACHT EN VELD-TUYCH.

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Item Description: n.p. n.d. A suite of 12 engraved plates, printed on paper measuring 33 x 21cm. Later marbled wrappers. A very scarce and attractive suite of engravings on hunting published by F. de Wit. There is no engraver mentioned. F. de Wit is most likely Frederick de Wit, a well known Amsterdam map publisher. None of the consulted bibliographies on hunting seem to know this work, which must have been published around 1700. The beautifully engraved title page shows a.o. several hunting dogs, a shot gun and a pair of antlers, 2 plates show several types of hunting dogs, 4 plates show horns, bow and arrows, a spear, 4 plates show hunted animals such as deer and boar, and one plate shows deer hunting. A copy with very large margins and excellent impressions, 2 plates with slight marginal repair.Bibliotheca Hulthemiana 9374; Catalogue d'une très belle collection. de J. de Bar, number 164 (with same collation). Bookseller Inventory # 1967

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Expédition dans les parties centrales de l'Amérique: CASTELNAU, F. DE.

Item Description: Paris, P. Bertrand, 1855-57. 2 volumes in 16 parts. 4to (320 x 250mm). pp. (12), 231; 316, with 91 lithographed plates. Unbound in original printed wrappers. The complete botanical section of this important expedition to South America, 'one of the most valuable contributions of its kind .' (Wood). "This monumental work is today still of great scientific content ." (Barba de Moraes p. 168). The first monograph to describe the alpine flora of the Andes mountains. Hugh Algernon Weddell (1819-1877) was born in Painswick near Gloucester and moved to France. As a student he developed a strong interest in botany and accompanied A. de Jussieu on numerous botanizing expeditions. "Castelnau's expedition was engaged primarily in the scientific exploration of Brazil, Paraguay, and Bolivia and Weddell's main occupation was plant collecting. From Brazil alone, he sent more than 3000 specimens back to Paris. In his five years of work in the New World, Weddell had travelled thousands of miles and had actually crossed the Andean Cordillera nine times, hiking through the perpetual snow of extreme altitudes" (Rare Books from MBG Library). The drawings (probably based in part on sketches by Weddell) are by Alfred Riocreux, who also lithographed them. The wrappers are a bit worn. Circular library stamp of the Academie de Macon on wrappers and titles as well in the margin of some text leaves and plates.Stafleu & Cowan 16.948; Brasilien Bibliothek I, 450. Bookseller Inventory # 8695

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A Supplement to Elwes' Monograph of the: ELWES, H.J.
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Item Description: London, Taylor & Francis, 1933-1962. 9 parts. Folio (565 x 385mm). With 40 coloured plates, the first 30 plates handcoloured lithographs and the last 10 plates chromolithographs. Original printed wrappers. The complete supplements to Elwes' Monograph of the genus Lilium. "A work of the greatest interest and value to all Lily growers". The main work contains 48 plates and was published between 1877 and 1880. Of the supplements, the parts 1-7 are by A. Grove and A.D. Cotton between 1933 and 1940 and finally parts 8 and 9 by W.B. Turrill between 1960 and 1962. Due to the much later date of publication of the supplements these are frequently lacking. The first 7 supplements, containing 30 superbly handcoloured lithographed plates, were illustrated by Lilian Snelling. Parts 8 and 9 were illustrated by Margaret Stones. H.J. Elwes (1846-1922) was a keen collector and first became interested in lilies on a visit to the Himalayas.Nissen BBI, 594; Great Flower Books 56. Bookseller Inventory # 8644

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Abbildung der hundert deutschen wilden Holz-Arten nach: REITER, I.D. &

REITER, I.D. & ABEL, G.F.

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Item Description: Als eine Beilage zu diesem Werke, heraus gegeben. I.(-IV.) Heft (all published). Stuttgart, gedrukt in der Drukerei der Herzoglichen Hohen Karls-Schule, 1790. 4to (280 x 225mm). pp. (14), 38, with 100 handcoloured engraved plates. Contemporary half calf, ornamented spine with gilt lettered label (old skilful repair to hinges). A fine copy of the first edition of this very rare botanical work describing one hundred woody plants, with fruit and flowers growing wild in Germany. The colouring of the plates is of an unusual high standard, and belongs to the very best produced in southern Germany at its summit of fine natural history production. The plates are engraved and drawn by G.F. Abel himself, a Stuttgart artist and engraver. Apart from this and one other work, also by Reiter, he is otherwise unknown as a botanical artist. One technique employed, unusual in colour-plate botanical books, is the use of background shadows to give the illusion of the plants standing slightly above the surface of the page.Reiter was a botanist and forester; he was forestry commissioner at Stuttgart 1794-1801 and later in the Würtemberger forestry department. The Burgsdorf work referred to in the title is his 'Anleitung zur sichern Erziehung.' 1787. The plates are in mint condition.Nissen BBI, 1617; Stafleu & Cowan 8971. Bookseller Inventory # 8672

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Sammlung exotischer Schmetterlinge (Lepidoptera Exotica). Nouvelle édition: HÜBNER, J.

Item Description: Bruxelles, V. Verteneuil & L. Desmet, 1894-1897. 3 volumes bound in 5. Large-4to (315 x 238mm). pp. (10); (8); (10), 172, with 491 hand-coloured lithographed plates. Later brown cloth, spines with gilt lettering (and:) HUEBNER, J. & GEYER, C. Zuträge zur Sammlung exotischer Schmetterlinge bestehend in Bekundigung einzelner Fliegmuster neuer oder rarer nichteuropäischer Gattungen. Nouvelle édition fac-simile française. Introduction et index systématique et alphabétique par W.F. Kirby. Bruxelles, V. Verteneuil & L. Desmet, 1908-1912. 1 volume bound in 2. Large-4to (315 x 238mm) pp. (4), ii, 100, (2), with 172 hand-coloured lithographed plates. Later brown cloth, spines with gilt lettering Rare complete set of this beautifully handcoloured new edition of one of the finest and most important works on exotic butterflies, which was edited in a very limited edition. It comprises Hübner's complete works on exotic butterflies, the 'Sammlung exotischer Schmetterlinge' published from 1806-24 and his 'Zuträge zur Sammlung exotischer Schmetterlinge' published from 1818-37, of which the last part was published by Geyer. Both these two original works are extremely rare and we have not offered copies since many decades. The new edition of these works on exotic butterflies books by Wystman and Kirby is superbly produced. The plates are printed on thick, wove paper and exquisitely handcoloured. Also this edition is a great rarity and the number of copies produced minute. Wystman published 3 issues, one with German text, one with English text and one with French text. Probably no more than 50 copies were published. Mr. Kirby says "In writing letter press to Hübner's 'Sammlung exotischer Schmetterlinge', I have paid special attention to the correct identification of the species figured, and in one or two cases I have found it necessary to propose new names. I have not given descriptions, but sufficient synonymy and explanations to bring Hübner's plates into range with later publication" (Entomological Society News 1911). "La reproduction des planches sur papier de Hollande comme l'original, sera en tous points conforme à l'ancienne édition. La tracé des figures sera exécuté par la gravure, de façon à garantir une exactitude absolue. Pour le coloris, je me suis assuré le concours de quatre artistes, spécialistes dans ce travail" (From the printed wrappers).Very little is known about Huebner's life. The rarity of his works is due to the great upheavel caused by the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars and the long period of publication. Huebner was a man of modest means, more or less tied to his native town Augsburg. He was a designer in one of the leading cotton factories of the town. His true love and inclination were Lepidoptera. He published a number of beautifully illustrated iconographies on the subject which he published for his own account and he drew and engraved all the illustrations himself. "Nehmen wir als Beispiel die berühmten drei Schmetterlings-Iconographien des Augsburger Insecten-Malers und Muster-Zeichners in einer Kattun-Fabrik J. Hübner (1761-1826), welche als die schönsten Abbildungswerke der Entomologie gelten. Deren 1900 colorierte Tafeln sind als künstlerische Leistungen erst-rangig. (Und in der Reihe solcher Abbildungswerke, die sich die Bibliophilie und die Wissenschaft streitig machen, ist das Hübner'sche Opus eines der wenigen, bei dem der Fall eintritt, dass ihm die Wissenschaft einen höheren Preiss zubilligt, als die Bibliophilie; obzwar sonst infolge der weitaus grösseren Kaufwilligkeit und Kaufkraft, die nach der Kunst hin orientierten Sammlern innewohnt, die Preise solcher auf dem Ueberschneidungs-Gebiet wachsenden Werke eben von der Bibliophilie bestimmt werden)" (Junk. Rara p. 244). A very nice uniformly bound set.See Horn & Schenkling 10905 & 10908 for the original edition and Nissen ZBI, 2040 & 2041 for the original edition as well as the present issue. Bookseller Inventory # 8713

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Flora Londinensis: containing a history of the: CURTIS, W.
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Item Description: A new edition, enlarged by George Graves and William Jackson Hooker. London, Henry G. Bohn, [1817-] 1835. 5 volumes. Large-folio (481 x 290mm). With 659 beautifully handcoloured engraved plates on 647 leaves. Contemporary green half morocco, spines in 6 compartments with gilt lettering, topedges gilt. A reissue of the second, much enlarged edition. The second edition was published from 1817-1828. "Henry Bohm took over the remaining copies of this second edition and issued them in 1835 with new title-pages, carrying the date 1835" (Stafleu & Cowan 1286). The first three volumes contain the original 432 plates, but the text rewritten by Hooker. The final two volumes are entirely new, with the plates mostly from drawings by Hooker, together with his own descriptions. The impressive 'Flora Londinensis' is much more comprehensive in scope than its title suggests, for it embraces most of the English flora, and as a result of which it should be properly regarded as the first colour-plate national flora. "Curtis adopted the novel plan of having specimens drawn to a uniform scale and to life size, and most of the plates display a high degree of accuracy. In the opinion of Salisbury, the majority of the figures 'represent the most successful portrayals of British wild flowers that have ever been achieved'" (Henry II, p. 67). The fine plates are by James Sowerby, Sydenham Edwards, and Hooker. William Curtis is one of the great names in botany, the present work and his famous 'Botanical Magazine' are landmarks in English botany. Restored marginal tear to title page of 5th volume and blind library stamp on title pages. A fine copy without the usual foxing.Nissen BBI, 440; Stafleu & Cowan 1286. Bookseller Inventory # 8522

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The Botanical Magazine; or, Flower-Garden displayed: in: CURTIS, W.

Item Description: London, S. Couchman, 1793-1814. 40 volumes, bound in 20. 8vo (235 x 140mm). With 1684 fine hand-coloured engraved plates. Contemporary uniform red half morocco, richly gilt spines, marbled sides. An attractive uniformly bound set of the early years of this famous and beautifully illustrated magazine. The magazine has continued publication almost without interruption to the present day and has become a national institute of which Englishmen may justly be proud. It should be noted that the colouring of the earlier volumes, as offered above, is far superior to the later ones. "It is, indeed, the oldest current scientific periodical of its kind with coloured illustrations in the world, and in the beauty of production and high standard of its contributions it can claim a unique place" (Henry II, p. 302). Title pages to volumes 6 to 10 have been discarded by the binder, who got confused as there are 2 volumes, each with a title-page, bound in one. Added to the set the Index to vols. 1-53. The first 5 volumes are in a slightly later (identical) issue as the edition of the first 5 volumes was too low and quickly sold out. William Curtis (1746-1799) was a famous English botanist and is best known for his splendid 'Flora Londinensis' and 'The Botanical magazine'. The noted natural history illustrators, James Sowerby and Sydenham Edwards both found a start with the eminent magazine. The genus Curtisia is named in his honour.Stafleu & Cowan 1290; Nissen BBI, 2350. Bookseller Inventory # 8571

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WINCKLER, E.

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Item Description: Frankfurt a.M., Literarische Anstalt (J. Rütten), 1854. 8vo. pp. xvi, 640. Later blind wrappers. Important and wanted handbook; scarce. An uncut copy, locally somewhat browned. Bookseller Inventory # 2335

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SCHLECHTENDAL, D.F.L. DE.

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Item Description: Fasciculus II-V (last). Berolini, F. Dümmler, 1825-1832. 4 parts. 4to. pp. 17-56, with engraved plates 7-30. Original printed wrappers. Nissen BBI, 1767; Pritzel 8212; Stafleu & Cowan 10.743. Part V misprinted as VI as always (cf. Stafleu). An entirely uncut and unopened copy. Bookseller Inventory # 295

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SCHLECHTENDAL, D.F.L.

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Item Description: Fasc. I-III. Halis Saxonum, C.A. Schwetschke et Filium/ H.W. Schmidt, 1841-(1853). 4to. (I) pp. (4), 1-8, with engraved plates 1-4 (3 handcoloured); (II) pp. 9-16, with engraved plates 5-8 (4 handcoloured); (III) pp. 17-24, with engraved plates 9-12 (3 handcoloured). Original printed wrappers. Stafleu & Cowan V, 10748. Fasc. iv and facs. v seem to have been published but they must be excessively rare as none of the libraries listed by Stafleu have complete copies. Bookseller Inventory # 2838

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FIEBER, F.X.

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Item Description: Halbflügler (Rhynchota Heteroptera). Nach der analytischen Methode bearbeitet. Wien, C. Gerold's Sohn, 1861. Royal-8vo. pp. vi, 444, with 2 lithographed plates. Contemporary blind wrappers (spine broken). Hagen 233; Horn & Schenkling 6567: "Sehr selten". Bookseller Inventory # 1483

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