Paris, Petrus Didot Major, Anno VII , X (1801), XII (1804). Three parts in three. Large 4to (ca. 33 x 25 cm). 142 pp.; 30 fine hand-coloured plates. Uniform half cloth (part I slightly taller) over marbled boards, gilt titles on spines.
A rare and important series on insects (and some arachnids) in the collection of the Muséum d'Histoire naturelle in Paris by Antoine Jean Coquebert de Montbret (1753-1825). Rare, especially in a complete state, as is this set, all the more because most of the stock was destroyed in a fire (Hagen p. 137). Boards rather rubbed, front flyleaf to part II absent, occasionally browned and foxed, one tear in one leaf (not reaching the text), marginal repair to one plate, blind stamp on some text leaves and on three plates, touching figures, otherwise a good, complete set of this finely illustrated work. Hagen I, p. 137; Horn-Schenkling, 3830; Nissen ZBI, 957.