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Tableaux a...
Barthe, E.
Tableaux analytiques illustrés des coléoptères de la faune Franco-Rhénane (France, Hollande, Belgique, Région rhénane, Valais).
Uzès, Miscellanea Entomologica, 1920. 8vo (24.0 x 15.7 cm). xii, 472 pp., 799 [220, 465, 16, 17, 71, 7, 3] text engravings. Near contemporary half calf over marbled boards. Spine with four raised, gilt-chained bands and gilt title. Marbled endpapers.
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A well-bound copy of a very uncommon work on beetles
Insects [f...
Diderot, D. and J. d'Alembert (eds.)
Insects [from the Encyclopédie ou Dictionnaire des sciences, plates 75-83].
[Paris, Briasson, David, Le Breton, 1768]. Folio (39.2 x 25.1 cm, or wider). Nine plates with large engravings, each with fine, contemporary hand-colouring, gilt border and printed caption.
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Fabre, J. H.
Souvenirs entomologiques. Études sur l'instinct et les moeurs des insectes. (Première-Dixième series). Édition définitive illustrée.
Paris, Delagrave, 1920-1924. Ten volumes in ten [and an 11th volume, titled "Sa Vie"]. Large 8vo (24.3 x 16.2 cm). Over 4,000 pages; numerous plates and fine text engravings. Later half tree calf over marbled boards. Spines with five slightly raised bands; compartments rich gilt with entomological vignettes, and red morocco labels with gilt title. Marbled endpapers. Top edge red.
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The best works of Fabre in the finest bindings
Révision d...
Fairmaire, L. and P. Germain
Révision des coléoptères du Chili.
Paris, Société Entomologique de France, 1858-1866, 1883. 8vo (21.3 x 12.8 cm). 233 [and 14] pp.; two original water-colour plates of which one in full colour and one in shades of grey, two engraved plates of which one hand-coloured. One printed leaf added. Contemporary half calf over marbled boards. Spine with gilt lines and gilt title. Marbled endpapers.
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A unique copy of a finely illustrated work on Chilean Coleoptera
Die Urwelt...
Heer, O.
Die Urwelt der Schweiz.
Zürich, Friedrich Schultheß, 1865. Thick 8vo (22.2 x 15.1 cm). xxix, 662 pp., 368 fine text engravings, one double-sized full colour map, seven tinted steel engravings (one as frontispiece), and 11 lithographed plates. Luxurious rich gilt-tooled original binding with bevelled edges and an embossed image of antediluvian Switzerland. Iridescent endpapers; all edges gilt.
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A very well-preserved copy with the special "Reichen Einband mit Goldschnitt"
Tableau en...
Latreille, P. A.
Tableau encyclopédique et methodique des trois regnes de la nature. Insectes.
Paris, Agasse, 1818. Folio (28.5 x 21.4 cm). 165 engraved plates (numbered 1-165). Contemporary full tree calf. Boards with gilt-ruled borders, spine with rich Louis XVI-style gilt-ornamented red and green morocco labels. Marbled endpapers.
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A fine copy of the true insects of the "Tableau encyclopédique et methodique des trois regnes de la nature"
Reports of...
Ogilvie-Grant, W. R. (ed.). a. o.
Reports of the collection made by the British Ornithologists' Expedition and the Wollaston Expedition in Dutch New Guinea, 1910-1913.
London, Francis Edwards, 1916. In two volumes. Large 4to (33.2 x 25.6 cm). Text; 41 plates of which 13 in chromolithography; 76 text figures; two fine, coloured, double-sized maps. Original uniform printed wrappers.
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Herpetology by Boulenger with four fine, large plates
Käfer West...
Peetz, [F.]
Käfer Westfl. [Westfalens]: the manuscript of the never-published "Coleoptera Westfalica".
Unpublished, ca. 1928-1937. In two volumes. 8vo (21.6 x 13.8 cm). xvi, 402, [viii] pp.; one map; xxii, 372, [xi] pp. Uniform original pebbled half cloth over marbled boards.
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A large and detailed, unpublished manuscript on German beetles
Bulletin d...
[Various authors]
Bulletin de la Société zoologique de France. Volumes 1-31 [AND] Indexes.
Paris, Société Zoologique de France, 1876-1906. 31 volumes in 31. 8vo (23.7 x 15.6 cm). Over 10,000 pp.; 158 plates and 25 portraits. Uniform dark green half calf over marbled boards. Spines with four raised, gilt-tooled bands, gilt ornamental lines and title. Marbled endpapers.
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A finely bound, uniform set - from the first issue - of France's most important zoological magazine
Voet, J. E.
Catalogus systematicus coleopterorum. Catalogue systematique des coleopteres. Systematische naamlijst van dat geslacht van insecten dat men torren noemt. Tomus I - II. [Complete].
La Haye [The Hague], G. Bakhuysen, [1769-1804]. Two volumes in two. 4to (24.3 x 20.2 cm). Half titles and titles to the volumes, titles to to the text in each language; 555 pp.; [(iv), 74; 114, 111; 82, (i), 86, 87]; 105 [55; 50] engraved and finely hand-coloured plates. Later uniform quarter mottled calf over yellow paper boards. Spines with five raised bands; compartments with gilt floral vignettes and two (red and black) labels with gilt title and volume number. Edges marbled red.
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A beautiful copy of the earliest complete edition
Wollaston, T. V.
Coleoptera Sanctae-Helenae.
London, John van Voorst, 1877. 8vo (22.0 x 14.0 cm). xxv, 256 pp.; one engraved plate. Publisher's blind-stamped cloth with gilt title on the spine.
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The first and rarest monograph on the beetles of Saint Helena
Wollaston, T. V.
Catalogue of the coleopterous insects of the Canaries in the collection of the British Museum.
London, The Trustees of the British Museum, 1864. Thick 8vo (21.9 x 14.0 x 3.8 cm). xiii, 648, 8 pp. Publisher's blind-stamped cloth with gilt title on the spine. Yellow endpapers.
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An essential contribution to the beetle fauna of the Canary Islands in an unusually good copy